Those of you who are avid Westlaw UK users will have noticed a new Insight tab now appears on the homepage and has moved the ‘Cases’ tab along.  This may have annoyed a few of you (who out of habit clicked on it expecting to do a case search),  but it is a useful new ‘encyclopaedia’ that analyses legal topics and points you in the right direction of key cases and legislation.

Westlaw say:

Westlaw UK Insight is an ever-evolving and growing online legal encyclopaedia that aims to provide a comprehensive statement of the law in the United Kingdom. Covering England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and delivered via an intuitive topic-based interface, it reflects the way you think. What’s more, it enables you to find solutions quickly, by providing succinct up-to-date, and expert guidance on the law.

You can search it by clicking on the tab or you can include it in a more general search from the box on the homepage.

Westlaw UK

Like with all Westlaw sections you can search using keywords or use the broad legal topics to browse.  At the bottom of this screen, unlike the other sections, are the latest additions and updates.

Insight   Westlaw UK

The entries themselves are quite straight forward to navigate, starting with an overview and then moving to more detailed analysis of the topic.  Those used to using  Westlaw and other databases may notice that the links to the different parts of the entry are on the right rather than the usual left hand side but other than the page is clear and not overly complicated.

Insight   Human rights   Westlaw UK

There are the usual links through to cases, legislation and articles available on Westlaw but what is very good about Insight is that the author of the entry is clearly indicated.  There is a link to information about the author as well as contact details which allows for more interaction and feedback.

Westlaw have indicated that more topics are being added over this year.

If you want more information (or indeed if you want to be an author yourself) then you can click on the ‘More information’ link on the right hand side of the home page.

Westlaw UK more info

If you want help using Westlaw or a refresher then you can find information and tutorials on our Libguide or if you contact Kate Jackson at

The Supreme Court of Canada and LexUM announced just before Christmas that the Court’s Decisions website now contains all decisions since 1907, and judgments in leave applications since 2006. The collection is updated within minutes of the public release of the judgments by the Court.

“All published judgments since 1876 from cases which were appealed to the SCC from the British Columbia Court of Appeal have been added to the database, courtesy of CanLII and the Law Foundation of BC.  Appeals from the Ontario Court of Appeal, also dating back to 1876, were added to the SCC database last year.”

Click to try the SCC Decisions database

The LexUM site has been the main public source for Supreme Court decisions for 20 years, and is a very useful resource if you are away from the Library, where you will find the Supreme  Court Reports (S.C.R.)  1923 –  shelved on the main floor at Cw Can 100 C90.

For Oxford University staff and students, who have access to HeinOnline, Hein includes SCC decisions from 1876-2011 (as at January 2013).  LexisLibrary carries Supreme Court of Canada Judgments from 1876 to date, and on Westlaw, the CANSCC-CS database contains the full text of documents of all reported Supreme Court of Canada cases, from 1876.

To find out more about Canadian legal resources, you might like to use our Guide to Canadian Law.

Please follow the links below to see the most recent news and updates from:

Westlaw – including the news that the English Reports (1220 -1867) are being gradually added to Westlaw.   You will find that many of the reports are already available.  Any that are not there already should be added by the end of April.    In addition the journals The European Lawyer (2000-)  and The African Journal of International and Comparative Law (2005-) have also been added to Westlaw. 

The Westlaw newsletter also includes an item on linking between Lawtel and Westlaw.   These links are not working for us yet but  I hope that this will be rectified soon.

HeinOnline – including the addition of University of Western Australia Law Review.

IBFD (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation) Newsletter – tax news.

Other databases news including…

i-law–  has a new interface.  To remind you i-law include law reports and journals in the fields of insurance, intellectual property and construction law.  Titles of particular interest include the Lloyd’s Law Reports and Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Quarterly.

i-Law login

i-Law login

When you arrive at the new i-law home page browse or search to find articles or reports in the normal way.  

When you follow a link to a document a login box will appear with the message “the rest of this document is only available to i-law subscribers”. Do not be detered!  The login box will already be partially filled out with Oxford University’s details. Simply fill in YOUR OWN email address. You will then be taken to the terms and conditions and from there to the full text document.   

Globalex – has new guides to primary and secondary sources for comparative civil procedure, Malawi and Sri Lanka.

Please find below links to the most recent newsletters from…

HeinOnline Update – including 10 new journals and updates to World Trials and Legal Classics.

Westlaw UK 2008 Highlights – Summary of new content added to Westlaw during 2008 including Cambridge Law Journal, Leiden Journal of International Law and International and Comparative Law Quarterly plus new titles in the Common Law Library and the addition of PDFs of the Law Reports.

The 30th edition of Chitty on Contracts is now available on Westlaw – simply follow the link from the Westlaw start page.      This is also a good time to remind you that we also have subscriptions to Westlaw’s other Common Law Library titles including:

  • Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt 3rd Ed.
  • Benjamin’s Sale of Goods 7th Ed.
  • Bowstead & Reynolds on Agency 18th Ed.
  • Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence 11th Ed.
  • Chitty on Contracts 30th Ed.
  • Clerk & Lindsell on Torts 19th Ed.
  • Dicey, Morris & Collins The Conflict of Laws 14th Ed.
  • Goff & Jones The Law of Restitution 7th Ed.
  • Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability 6th Ed.
  • McGregor on Damages 17th Ed.

To access any of them follow the link to the Common Law Library from the Westlaw start page.

We’d be very interested to hear what you think about using the Common Law Library online.  Please let us know by posting a comment or by emailing

Westlaw has also unveiled its new statutory definition service which allows you to search for legislative definitions in  acts and statutory instruments.  To use the service choose the “Legislation” search screen and fill in the “Statutory definition” field.    If you want to search for definitions in historic versions of legislation (back to 1991 for acts and 1948 for statutory instruments) choose “Advanced Search”  and select one of the options for “Law in Force and Historic law”, “Point in Time” or “Since…”.

For more information about Westlaw’s recent developments please see Westlaw UK What’s New – December Update.


Please follow the links below to see the most recent news and updates from:

HeinOnline – In this issue the launch of Hein’s new United Nations Collection including the UN Treaty series, ICJ Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders,  UN yearbooks and more. The Law Library has taken out a subscription to this service so its available for you to use now.

Westlaw – including news that Westlaw now has International and Comparative Law Quarterly (which incidentally is no longer on LNB)  and EFTA decisions.

IFBD (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation)

Westlaw has a new URL (  Please update your favourites and bookmarks or follow links from Oxlip+ or the Law Library web site.   When you follow the link you will be prompted to find University of Oxford in an A-Z of institutions (under U) and to enter your Oxford single sign on.

This new URL will give you access to Westlaw from anywhere in the World without the need for any extra software (such as the VPN).  Occasionally you may get a “Shibboleth error” (accompanied by a picture of a dragon). If so please close your browser window and try to log in again. If the problem persists or if you have any other problems getting into Westlaw or other legal databases please contact the or (2) 71472.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 60 other followers