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We are pleased to announce that a new commentary title has been added to Westlaw HK!

The second edition of the leading work Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong provides a comprehensive explanation of the nature and operation of Hong Kong’s procedural rules. Over 2,000 new cases have been considered in publishing the second edition.


Civil Justice Reform become effective in Hong Kong in early 2009. Practitioners need to adapt now to a very different litigation landscape, in particular how to best utilise the changes for the benefit of clients. Meeting this need, the second edition of Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong contains initial and extensive consideration of the changes. Discussion of more fundamental changes, for example, pre-action disclosure and the new payment into court regime has been placed in text boxes for ease of use.

 Features of this title online are:

  • Simple free text search
  • Advanced search including search for cases cited in the commentary
  • Browse functionality
  • Table of contents
  • Table of cases
  • Table of legislation
  • Index
  • Chapter PDFs
  • Print Save
  • Email Links to Hong Kong and UK Cases and Legislation



From the New Westlaw HK Homepage:

  • Click on commentary.
  • In the browse section under ‘Hong Kong Titles’ click on ‘Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong’.
  • This will take you to the browse for the book. At this screen you can search throughout the entire book, or continue to browse to specific sections in the Table of Contents.

    Principles & Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong

    Principles & Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong

  • Book functionality including the index and the tables of cases and legislation have been replicated online but enhanced with links directly to content and primary law resources cited in the text, speeding up your cross referencing.
  • The ‘Recent’ feature in the new Westlaw HK allows you to quickly switch from primary law to the analytical material in Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong, avoiding the need to have several printed resources open on your desk.


Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong - Document Display

Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong - Document Display



With the addition of this new practical civil procedure content to your Westlaw HK subscription, we are the only publisher to deliver both the authority of the most well respected court book in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Civil Procedure (Hong Kong White Book)) and the practice focused practitioner text (Principles & Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong), ensuring that Westlaw HK is the only source for online civil procedure in Hong Kong.

In another independent study, litigators were asked which service they prefer to use for specific categories of online legal research.  Westlaw was the most preferred overall – and in every single category!

Westlaw - Preferred Overall

Westlaw - Preferred Overall

Westlaw - Preferred in Every Category

Westlaw - Preferred in Every Category

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Contact Westlaw HK today to find out more about why Westlaw is preferred by litigators and to take a trial.

Tel: +852 2863 2668


42/F Gloucester Tower, The Landmark , Central, will be the location for our new monthly research sessions hosted by Online Trainer Bill White.  This is a new service for our subscribers where they can come into our facilities in Central and have customised research assistance.  For this month the lab will be held on 19 March from 11:00 to 2:00 with other dates and time to be announced here on this blog.

If you would like to attend a lab session and speak to Bill, please email or telephone +852 2863 2663 to book a time.

COPYWORLD contains the full text of Copyright Throughout the World, intellectual property expert Silke von Lewinski¹s country-by-country guide to the copyright law of at least 15 nations, including Spain. (The guide is expected to cover additional countries in the coming months.) Coverage is current as of December 2008. Each chapter is devoted to a particular country; all chapters provide similar topics and scope. The guide covers registration and formalities, scope of protection, presumptions of ownership, transfers, collective rights management, remedies, circumvention of technological measures and rights management information, secondary liability, and conflict of law rules.

Simply use the database identifier COPYWORLD to launch this search engine.

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

Legal research doesn’t have to be stressful. This short video from the Westlaw team in the US provides a comical look at how Westlaw can help reduce stress for legal researchers

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