Information about publicly available resources
BAILII - the British and Irish Legal Information Institute
This website contains an online collection of UK and Irish legislation and case/tribunal reports, EU case reports and law commission materials. The "world law" link on the BAILII homepage also gives access to case reports from a number of other jurisdictions.
Bar Council for England and Wales
this is the official website of the Bar Council for England and Wales containing information about the profession and guidance for practising barristers. The code of conduct for barristers is available in Part 2 of the BSB handbook, which is available as a PDF download on the Bar Standards Board website at: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/bsb-handbook/the-handbook-publication/.
British Computer Association of the Blind
the website of the British Computer Association of the Blind, provides information on IT related matters. Note that a subscription is required for full access to articles, information and training.
Cabinet office - cabinet office manual
The cabinet office manual sets out the main laws, rules and conventions affecting the conduct and operation of Government and gives an overview of the UK system of Government, including how the Executive - the Government and the Civil Service - relates to Her Majesty the Queen, devolved administrations and international institutions such as the European Union. This is likely to be of greatest interest to practitioners or students in public law.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
This is the official website of the independent statutory body set up to promote and monitor human rights and protect, enforce and promote equality. The website contains guidance on different aspects of the Equality Act 2010 under the links "Equality Act advice and guidance" and "Equality Act codes of practice". The publications available are of particular interest to those advising on discrimination or human rights.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service for England and Wales
The official website of HM Courts and Tribunals Service contains searchable listings of upcoming hearings, information and addresses for courts and publicly available court forms (often in word document format) and guidance.
HMRC guidance manuals
Although primarily aimed at HMRC staf, the guidance manuals may also be of interest to those studying or practicing tax law. This page also contains links to other publication types within the HMRC "library".
Home Office (UK)
The official website of the UK Home office contains links to home office circulars issued since 2003, providing information about policy and procedure. There are also links to the PACE Codes of Practice, consultations, speeches, press releases and other publications. This is particularly useful for those practising in the areas of immigration or criminal law.
Information Commissioner's Office
The Office of the Information Commissioner is the UK body set up to promote openness of public bodies and privacy of personal data of individuals. It has the power to resolve disputes and impose legal sanctions under the Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act and other UK legislation. The website contains information about the ICO's powers, procedures for enforcement and decided cases.
The Judge Over Your Shoulder - an introductory guide to conducting judicial review proceedings
Published in 2006, this is an introductory commentary to administrative law and conducting judicial review proceedings.
The Law Society of England and Wales
The official website of the Law Society for England and Wales. The full code of conduct for solicitors and guidance notes can be accessed online on the Solicitors Regulatory Authority website at www.sra.org.uk/handbook/.
Copies of Law Society publications and forms in alternative accessible formats (including Braille, large print or electronic) can be obtained on request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a free searchable database of UK legislation (including amended text of most primary legislation, but original form of most secondary legislation) published by the UK government.
This is a web-based service that provides free practical know-how on a range of areas of interest to commercial and corporate lawyers. Articles and other knowhow is aggregated onto this website from a number of law firms. It is free to subscribe to receive daily alerts on developments tailored to practice or business interests.
Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice is the UK Government department responsible for publishing court rules for civil, criminal and family courts within England and Wales. This webpage contains links to the procedure rules and court guides for the civil, criminal and family courts and other useful MOJ publications, but not to commentary on the procedural rules to be found in practitioner publications such as the White Book or Blackstones Criminal Practice.
NTNAM - National Talking Newspapers and Magazines
NTNAM, formerly known as the Talking Newspaper Association of the United Kingdom (TNAUK), provides the times Law Reports and a wide range of full title and extracts from mainstream newspapers, magazines and journals in audio and electronic alternative formats for a subscription fee. This is not a searchable archive.
Parliament website (UK)
This is the official website of the UK Parliament. It contains links to searches for bills and legislation, information about the timetable for proposed legislation currently going through Parliament and searchable text from Hansard (and other publications) found under the publications and records link. There is also information about parliamentary procedures.
RNIB - Royal National Institute of Blind People
this is the official website of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, including:
- Information on library services and talking books. The RNIB library's primary aim is to provide leisure reading but does include some legal texts in Braille and in audio recorded in real voice or synthetic speech audio for students or practitioners. There is a subscription charge for talking books but not for Braille, giant print or electronic resources. More information is available at www.rnib.org.uk/livingwithsightloss/readingwriting/Pages/reading_writing.aspx .
- RNIB employment fact sheets and information, including on the government's "Access to Work" scheme to help employer's fund reasonable adjustments, are available at www.rnib.org.uk/employment.
This is the homepage of the final court of appeal for civil cases in the UK and criminal cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The website contains a searchable database of Supreme Court judgments of decided cases, procedural rules, practice directions, forms and information about cases currently listed for Supreme Court hearings.