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Subscribers with United Kingdom content will have noticed a change to the Westlaw UK tab.  This tab has been updated to be customizable for ease of usage.  Now customers can easily select databases of interest by checking the corresponding box listed below the search engine.  Terms and Connectors, along with Natural Language search options, allow the user to craft detailed search queries for more accurate results. 

The tab is ready to be used as is, but we suggest a few easy modifications to take full advantage of this new tab.  The screen shot below shows the “Content and Display Options” drop down window open by clicking either “show” or the drop down arrow (note:  this option is found on the upper left of the tab screen).  Once open we suggest the user places a check mark in the boxes under “Database Display Options” (right hand side of screen) for items you would like to see displayed next to your individual databases. 

Content and Display Options Opened with Database Display Styles Checked

 Simply hit “save options” to make the display changes to your tab.  

Database Content Display for UK Tab

The various content categories, as well as each database are now customizable with the same “drag and drop” features as other Westlaw Tabs.  The user may move entire categories (or individual databases) into position for easier usage.  Also note, on the default set up that the “Quick Search” templates are still available similar to the original UK Tab. 

Please contact Bill White our Westlaw Trainer at if you have any questions about this new tab.  Individual or group sessions can be scheduled to prove how the new tab can improve your workflow.

We are pleased to announce the addition of two further full text journals to Westlaw.

The Medico Legal Journal of Ireland

Published by Thomson Roundhall, this journal is now available for you to view in full text. The aim and scope of this journal is to inform professionals of current legal and ethical issues related to patient care and also provides an academic and scientific forum for practitioners and academics to debate medico-legal issues of importance to individuals and society as a whole.

This journal covers the diverse areas where medicine and law meet. This specialty otherwise known as Forensic Medicine or medical jurisprudence includes:

  • Medical Law & Legal Medicine
  • Forensic Science
  • Medical Ethics
  • Road Traffic Law
  • Clinical Forensic Science
  • Prescribing Law
  • Thanatology
  • Toxicology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Healthcare Legislation

Topics of interest which are covered by the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland include: patient consent and confidentiality, professional negligence, mental health law, reproductive Medicine, child abuse, DNA profiling, forensic wounds, coroners inquests and drug abuse.

Coverage on Westlaw begins in 1995.


The European Lawyer

This journal, published by Polyview Media Ltd, is also now available for you to view. Europe’s foremost monthly legal journal is for and about the business of law and the decision-makers who influence and shape the profession.

The European Lawyer provides the international legal profession with an important platform to voice opinion on a broad range of issues affecting the expansion and integration of the European single market and its relationship with global markets.

Coverage on Westlaw UK begins in 2000

These journals are both available in the UK Primary Law subscription which is available as an add-on to the core Westlaw HK subscription

We are delighted to announce the addition of three further journals to Westlaw.

The first, The Journal of Housing Law, published by Sweet & Maxwell, is now available. Designed to provide regularly updated coverage of housing law issues in England and Wales, the journal includes:

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Westlaw HK is pleased to announce the launch of a programme of scheduled training sessions in our state of the art meeting centre at:


Thomson Reuters

42/F Gloucester Tower

The Landmark


Hong Kong


Training will be carried out by our legally qualified Online Trainer, Bill White JD.




27 Aug 09 Westlaw HK (plus UK) Overview/Refresher* 12 13:00 40 mins approx  plus Q&A Beijing
10 Sep 09 Westlaw HK (plus UK) Overview/Refresher* 12 13:00 40 mins approx  plus Q&A Beijing
24 Sep 09 Westlaw HK (plus UK) Overview/Refresher* 12 13:00 40 mins approx  plus Q&A Beijing
08 Oct 09 Westlaw HK (plus UK) Overview/Refresher* 12 13:00 40 mins approx  plus Q&A Beijing


*Option to bring your own laptop and follow-along on your own computer (please note this in your booking email)



–       New Westlaw HK subscribers

–       Existing Westlaw HK subscribers who would like to get a refresher

–       Users interested in subscribing to Westlaw HK



Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  To secure your space at one or more sessions, please email stating the following:

–       Your name

–       Your organisation

–       Current subscriber/new subscriber/potential subscriber

–       Your email address

–       Your contact telephone number


Alternatively, please call +852 3762 3242 to book your place.


Please also feel free to request a session on a specific topic/jurisdiction/content type by emailing


Email confirmations will be provided to all attendees


To view updates on session availability, please visit

Often find yourself needing United Kingdom or Australia materials to strengthen your Hong Kong search?  We have created a multi-jurisdictional tab to save you time and effort.   The user will now be able to conduct Terms and Connectors / Natural Language search and then choose one or more databases selected from our HK, UK & AUS collection.   Easily find out whether your case is cited in other jurisdictions, discover similar legislation or broadly research secondary sources. 

Simply email us at and let us know if you need this tab for individual or account wide usage.

Over 290 documents that include precedents and associated drafting guides make up the Lawtel Precedents Wills solution. 

The Lawtel Precedents Wills Service Includes:

Documents taken from Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Practical Will Precedents’ looseleaf title, combining the excellence and authority of the Withers’ documents with the currency and simplicity of Lawtel.

It is arguably the most impressive collection of will documents ever assembled, providing a wealth of material to draw upon for the preparation of wills for virtually any situation.

The service contains full will precedents, dozens of alternative and additional clauses, expert commentary, plus advice regarding the tax implications of adopting different strategies.

Coverage includes:

  • Absolute residuary gifts
  • Residuary gifts for spouse/civil partner
  • Discretionary trusts of residue
  • Residuary gifts – no spouse/civil partner
  • Charitable trusts
  • Replacement and supplementary clauses
  • Administrative powers and children
  • Testimonium and attestation clauses
  • Letters and summaries for use with precedents
  • Subsidiary documents.

To request a trial of Lawtel Precedents Wills, please contact your account manager, email or telephone +852 2863 2668.

The law is constantly developing and Westlaw HK continuously evolves to meet the needs of Hong Kong’s legal profession. This video highlights Westlaw HK’s authoritative content and leading edge functionality that legal professionals in Hong Kong are choosing to use, helping them to achieve better results faster.

Westlaw HK recently held an event at its Central office in the Landmark, to showcase a series of products which are now available for sale in Hong Kong.  Over 30 practitioners including solicitors, barristers, law librarians and academic law librarians arrived ready to find out about the latest developments from Westlaw HK.


The session began with a short comedy video created by the Westlaw team in the US, about how Westlaw helps to take the stress out of legal research (See Westlaw Stress Toy – Part 1).


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Westlaw announces the release of English Reports (ENG-RPTS).  The English Reports, which record the law of England from 1220-1865, are one of the greatest repositories of the Common Law.  Their endowment to legal systems throughout the world is a common heritage of case law which goes back more than six centuries.  The English Reports, containing thousands of judgments, extend to over 250 000 pages of print.  The English Reports contain law which is still good law in the USA and the Commonwealth nations.  They also contain precedents which, more than any other source of law, explain the history and pre-history of those legal systems.  The 176 volume printed edition remains a starting point for all serious legal research in the Common Law. Coverage begins in 1220.

To easily access this database, go to Search for a Database shortcut on your home tab.  Type in the identifier ENG-RPTS and begin your search:

Accessing English Reports

Accessing English Reports

Sweet & Maxwell, providers of Westlaw HK, have recently made Lawtel Precedents available in Hong Kong.  Lawtel Precedents is an online service which delivers a comprehensive online portfolio of Sweet & Maxwell Precedents.

Lawtel Precedents

Lawtel Precedents

These UK precedents are available in four modules:

  • Commercial
  • Commercial Property
  • Employment
  • Wills

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