Foreign law: United Kingdom

Resources for researching the law in foreign jurisdictions

Read about the English legal system

UK legal system

Encyclopaedias & Commentaries

westlaw UK books



Historical legislation - Print

  • Acts and ordinances of the Interregnum/Firth and Rait (England), 1642-1660 - Level 1
  • Acts of the Privy Council (England), 1542-1588; 1597-1604; 1629-1630 - Level 1
  • Chronological table of the statutes (England), 1235-1992 - Level 1
  • Collection of statutes. Chitty (England), 1829 - Level 1
  • Current law statutes annotated (England), 1971-1997 - Level 1
  • Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales, 4th ed. currently updated - Level 1
  • Halsbury's statutory instruments (England), current issue - Level 1
  • Law reports. Statutes (England), 1866-1994 - Level  1
  • Public general Acts of Northern Ireland, 1955-1969 - Level 1
  • Recueil des Lois (Jersey), 1771-1899 - Level 1
  • Statutes at large. Pickering et al. (England), v.1-105 - Level 1
  • Statutes of the Realm (England), 1101-1713 - Level 3, Law Library Store
  • Statutes revised. 3rd rev. ed. (England), 1770-1948 - Level 1
  • Statutory instruments (England), 1966-1993 - Level 1
  • Statutory rules and orders and statutory instruments revised (England), 1948 - Level 1
  • Table of Government Orders (England), 1671-1990 - Level 1

Parliamentary material

Comprehensive guides by Jurisdiction

Comprehensive guides to the legal systems, cases, legislation and more, from Oxford University, Bodleian Law Library...

Research guides & websites

Key databases

Key databases 

Law reports and cases

Case law

Court System

Look at the Heirarchy of courts in the United Kingdom (Justis)

The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases.

The authorised series of law reports are The Law Reports (published by the ICLR) available only on ICLR OnlineSee the Lord Chief Justice Practice Direction: Citation of Authorities 2012 for a guide to the hierarchy and status of law reports.

Use JustisOne to find the citations of UK cases.

Check Legal Abbreviations.

Law reports:  The main law reports are listed below. Check Search or the key UK databases for other report series and cases.

Unreported judgments

Legal news from England & Wales

Current awareness from the Inner Temple Library (Blog)

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