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Practical legal research resources

This page contains research tools and tutorials on different aspects of Practical Legal Research. If you feel you would benefit from more information, make an appointment with your Academic Librarians by clicking the 'Get Help' button below.

Legal dictionaries & reference material

Certificates and guides for databases

Get a certificate of your law research skills!

These comprehensive guides and tutorials provide an in-depth course in using these products. For many databases you can work through a tutorial to receive a certificate of achievement.



Statistical information

Practitioner resources

  • Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents
    Available via Lexis+ Library (go to Forms & Precedents > Precedents). Comprehensive source of precedents for (non-litigating) solicitors. It contains around 15,000 forms and precedents (including those for sale of land, landlord and tenant, commercial law, wills and trusts, family law).
  • SRA Standards & Regulations 
    These set out the standards and requirements the SRA expect their regulated community to achieve and observe, for the benefit of the clients they serve and in the public interest.


Cases - keeping up to date

RSS feeds and email updates can be created so you can easily keep up with developments in the law.

  • ICLR
    The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR) is the authorised publisher of the official series: The Law Reports for the Superior and Appellate Courts of England and Wales. Look for the 'Sign up' button for their Case Law Alert to receive weekly emails of new case law.
    The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) is an organisation that aims to make the law available for free on its website. If you are interested in receiving notifications of new judgments from individual courts in the UK, or recent cases of interest, you can set up an RSS feed.

Court websites

Many courts publish judgments on their websites and often have an RSS feed option to allow you to stay up-to-date with new judgments. Here are a couple of examples: