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Westlaw HK’s redesigned search results page comes with new ‘Terms in Context’ functionality.  This means that users can choose to include or exclude excerpts from the result document in their search result screen.

Westlaw HK - Homepage Search Results

Westlaw HK - Homepage Search Results


How does this help?

  • Users get presented with their search terms in the context of the document they appear in, within their result list.  This means you can identify relevance without even having to open the result document, saving you time and getting you relevant results faster.
  • Terms in context can be used in conjunction with catchwords to identfy the legal meaning of the document and to see the relevance in the document itself.


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The New Westlaw HK has been designed with new content specific search templates for Cases, Legislation, Commentary, Journals, Current Awareness, News and each of the UK content types.   Each content type has 2 templates:

  • Basic Search
  • Advanced Search


Westlaw HK - Cases Search Template

Westlaw HK - Cases Search Template


The Basic Search provides the key fields required for most general legal research.  For example ‘Cases’ uses:

  • Free Text
  • Party Names
  • Citation


However, the Advanced Search enables detailed researchers to target their legal research more specifically to cases needing to fulfil a number of criteria.  For Example ‘Cases’ also has the following extra fields:

  • Subject/Catchword
  • Legislation Title
  • Legislation Provision No.
  • Cases Cited (Party)
  • Cases Cited (Citation)
  • Court
  • Judge
  • Date


Westlaw HK - Cases Advanced Search

Westlaw HK - Cases Advanced Search


This means users could potentially find out which decisions on a specific topic a specific judge has made within a specific timeframe so users can assess the rulings made by judges on specific issues.

Each content type’s template is unique to the content to enable users to get the most relevant results for their search.


The content type search is automatically filtered to the content on display in the browse section as you browse down into more specific collections of content.

E.g. in Cases, if you select to browse into Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Reports, then you will only then be searching in this collection of cases.  In most cases ‘What you see is what you search’.


These new search templates simplify legal research by removing the need to write complex search strings with terms & connectors.  Users can just enter the specific terms into the search fields and Westlaw HK adds all the terms and connectors for you behind the scenes using the ‘AND’ connector for each separate field used.

Don’t forget space = ‘AND’ in the new Westlaw HK

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Single Search Box

The homepage has been enhanced with a single search box for all Hong Kong and UK content.  Users will be able to select content they want included using simple checkboxes from a selection of:

  • Cases
  • Legislation
  • Commentary
  • Current Awareness
  • Journals
  • UK


‘AND’ Not ‘OR’

A change to the way the Westlaw HK search runs has made this much simpler for users.  Westlaw HK now uses a space as an ‘AND’ connector rather than an ‘OR’ connector helping users to target their results instead of widening a search.  Also it is worth noting that you do not need to use terms and connectors although


Search Results Categorised by Content Type

Once you have run a homepage search your results are then grouped by the content typeslisted on the homepage so you can quickly navigate to the most appropriate results sets simply by clicking on the links at the top of the results list.

Westlaw HK - Homepage Search Results

Westlaw HK - Homepage Search Results


Sort By Relevance

There is also the option to switch to ‘Sort By Relevance’ in the top right hand corner.  This will remove the content categorisation and mix all the results together and rank them based on their relevance to the search carried out.

Search Within Results

Users can filter their results by adding search terms after their initial search.  Simply enter extra terms into the ‘Search Within Results’ box and run the search.


Add to Alerts

If you have carried out an important search and you want to be notified of any new documents relating to your search that get added to Westlaw HK after your search you can click add to Alerts and complete a simple setup and then Westlaw HK will email you any new documents that are loaded ensuring you never miss an important case or legislative development.

These new features will help users to get to their results even quicker than before and will enable more effective and efficient legal research.

Contact us to find how legal research could get easier for you

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