Legal Research


Westlaw UK is a comprehensive, intuitive online service. Launched in 2000 and continually enhanced since then, it has become the leading online information resource for the legal community. The breadth of content available combined with clever technology that works in the same way as your brain means you get to the content you need, fast.

It gives you access to vast but easily searchable databases of case law, legislation, news, journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials. Combined with a user-friendly interface, it ensures that your searches are easy to perform, meaning you can save time and increase efficiency.

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Used in over 60 countries, Westlaw International is built on a vast global library of the world’s best legal, news and business information and is designed to help you find information, fast. Over 28,000 databases of case law, legislation, law reviews, treaties and directories from around the world.

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Westlaw IE is the most comprehensive and authoritative Irish Online legal Research Service. It gives you online access to an extensive collection of legal content that you can trust. Westlaw IE can save you vast amount of research time by helping you find the information you need quickly and easily.

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The Legal Taxonomy contains subjects and keywords assigned to Sweet & Maxwell's content on Westlaw. It is available to subscribers as a desktop tool (the Taxonomy Viewer) and for use in in-house knowledge management. The Taxonomy is updated regularly and complete subject and alphabetical term lists are also provided.

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