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This leading specialist family court reporting service is now available through LexisLibrary. Family Law Reports contain verbatim reports of every important Family Division, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European courts case covering the whole range of family law.
You can browse Family Law Reports content via the Sources tab on LexisLibrary, or search via the Quick Find search box on the home page by case name or citation.
The First 100 Years is a ground-breaking history project, supported by the Law Society and the Bar Council, charting the journey of women in law since 1919. As part of the project work is under way to produce a new digital museum made up of 100 video stories that tell the story of women in law. The digital museum will be donated to the British Library in 2019.
The First 100 Years website includes a timeline marking the key landmarks of the journey of women in law since 1919 and individual posts that tell the stories of some of these women (with some incredible archival photographs).
Following the recent EU referendum you can find out more about the implications of the vote to leave and impartial analysis at: www.parliament.uk
If you are interested in finding out more about the Article 50 process there is a useful House of Commons Library briefing paper produced by Vaughne Miller and Arabella Lang – Brexit: how does the Article 50 process work?
This paper outlines the process of withdrawing from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union and can be accessed through the Parliament website.
Vaughne Miller and Arabella Lang, ‘Brexit: how does the Article 50 process work?’ House of Commons Library Briefing Paper, 7551, 30 June 2016
The UK Parliament website offers a great range of useful and interesting resources. It includes all the latest news from the House of Commons and House of Lords, a section on Parliamentary business (track the progress of bills in Bills & legislation), access to public records and publications (including Hansard), a section about MPs and Members of the House of Lords, general information on how Parliament works and analysis of key topical issues. Of real current interest is the section produced by The Commons Library and Lords Library which provides impartial analysis of the UK’s referendum for remaining in or leaving the European Union.
BAILII: The British and Irish Legal Information Institute is:
a non-profit making charitable trust which is building and operating an interactive database of full text primary legal materials available without charge on the Internet. BAILII provides, by utilizing low-cost methods, a growing amount of primary and secondary legal material which can be browsed by the user and/or located by using the BAILII search engine. The service is a major tool for legal research. The continued availability and development of the service is of major importance to the practice and teaching of law.
Alongside the subscription resources such as LexisLibrary, Westlaw, and HeinOnline, it’s useful to know about free resources like BAILII too. One day, you may be working at an organisation which does not subscribe to the expensive databases, and you will need to know how to find quality legal information from reputable sources like BAILII.
You can find further free legal information sources on the Links to free law sites tab.
Use the News section of LexisLibrary to search for news items relevant to your area of study.
You can use a key word as your search term (e.g. terrorism, EU, landlord). You can enter up to five rows of search terms and use the drop-down list if you want to specify where the term should appear (e.g. anywhere in the article, in the headline, in the indexing).
You can also use index terms to refine your search and can specify a date if required. UK Newspapers are searched by default but you can also limit your search to selected titles.
To access LexisLibrary, log in to Discover > A-to-Z > Resources > LexisLibrary. Use the ‘Help’ link on the Lexis search page for more searching tips.