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Westlaw Database Guide

Westlaw is a major legal database used in legal practice and for academic legal research.

Westlaw Edge UK provides access to  UK case law, legislation, journals. books and other secondary legal information sources including:

  • Legal Journals Index which holds details of  articles from legal journals published in the United Kingdom and Europe, and is great for discovering academic discussion of legal topics.

  • Many full text commentary titles, including the Common Law Library Titles and many more standard works such as: Chitty on Contract & Clark and Lindsell on Torts.

Westlaw Books provides access to the full text of textbooks, Common Law Library titles and large encyclopedic looseleaf type works.

Westlaw International Materials provides access to non UK legal materials.  Coverage includes international legal materials from ICJ and organisations such as WTO/GATT, WIPO, UNICTRAL.  Access is also availanble to primary and secondary legal sources such as case law, legislation and journal articles from various jurisdictions, including EU, US, Australia and Canada - plus others.

Practical Law is an online legal know-how service which provides practice area overviews, practice notes, standard documents and current awareness services.

Logging in to Westlaw UK for the first time


Login to Westlaw Edge UK with your usual University login. The first time you login to Westlaw you will be prompted to register for an account.  Add your name details and use your Exeter email address as prompted on the registration form and you will then be able to continue to the databases. 

For future visits to Westlaw you just need to login with your University login.

Quick Links to all Westlaw Databases

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