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Legal Research: A Practitioner's Handbook By Consultant editor Peter Clinch

Legal Research: A Practitioner's Handbook by Consultant editor Peter Clinch

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Legal Research: A Practitioner's Handbook by Consultant editor Peter Clinch

Legal Research: A Practitioner's Handbook provides practical advice on every aspect of effective legal research: problem analysis, selecting and finding the best sources; and presenting results effectively. This third edition has been thoroughly updated, taking into account the increasing popularity of commercial databases aimed at UK law practitioners; the overhaul of a number of government and other official sites (national and international); and significant changes to directions by UK courts relating to the conduct and presentation of legal research. New material on the use of social media in legal research, business information and making use of a law firm's internal precedents has also been added. Part A covers problem identification and analysis, followed by advice on how to select the best sources and formats (paper or electronic) for research. Part B deals with the information most frequently sought by practitioners, listing sources with analytical comments and, for a selection of the most complex, 'how to use' instructions developed to a standard template. Jurisdictional coverage includes England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the European Union, with the addition of information on key sources in European human rights and international law. Part C details sources on how to make the presentation of the results of legal research more effective. These three parts are supplemented by Part D, which describes in non-technical language how a practitioner might get the best value for money when buying information, whether print or online, from commercial law publishers. Extensive appendices provide indexes to abbreviations for Acts, journals and law reports; a glossary of technical terms used in legal research; a summary of the practice directions, statements and decisions of the UK courts relating to legal research; a table of guidance on how to devise more effective searches on the four most popular commercial databases; and a popular names index for legislation and cases relating to the UK and the EU

Table of Contents

Contents List of Figures and Tables Introduction Acknowledgements PART A - BEFORE TOUCHING A KEYBOARD OR OPENING A BOOK ... 1 WHERE TO START THE RESEARCH Preparing to undertake research Analysing the problem Deriving keywords 2 WHICH SOURCES TO USE Classifying the types of information needed Choosing the best source: print or electronic? Which sources should I search first? 3 HOW TO CHOOSE THE SOURCES Asking fundamental questions about a source Be 'streetwise' about using the internet PART B -SELECTING THE RIGHT SOURCE AND USING IT EFFECTIVELY 4 GENERAL LAW ENCYCLOPEDIAS Introduction United Kingdom England and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland European Union International 5 LEGISLATION Introduction United Kingdom Wales Scotland Northern Ireland European Union International - bilateral treaties International - multilateral treaties (including Council of Europe) UK Treaties and agreements 6 CASE LAW Introduction England and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland European Union European Court of Human Rights International 7 PROCEDURAL LAW Criminal procedure Civil procedure 8 STANDARD FORMS AND PRECEDENTS External Internal 9 WORDS AND PHRASES Introduction England and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland European Union International 10 UPDATING KNOWN LAW Introduction United Kingdom England and Wales Wales Scotland Northern Ireland European Union Council of Europe International 11 COMMENTARY ON THE LAW Introduction Cross-jurisdictional United Kingdom European Union European human rights International How to cite books and journal articles Commentary via blogs and twitter 12 PRE-LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS United Kingdom European Union European human rights International 13 OTHER OFFICIAL INFORMATION United Kingdom European Union International 14 WHERE TO FIND LEGAL INFORMATION NOT AVAILABLE WITHIN YOUR FIRM OR CHAMBERS England and Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Other, free sources Three charged-for services 15 BUSINESS INFORMATION Company confirmation statements and accounts Company annual reports Filings by listed companies: offer documents, prospectuses and shareholders' circulars Company news, market news and deals Credit worthiness Analyst reports and research Share prices Interest rates Business news Company directories Information on individuals 16 INFORMATION ABOUT PEOPLE AND PERSONALITIES CONNNECTED WITH THE LAW Central government Public bodies Courts Law firms Law libraries Legal professionals and their societies Expert witnesses 17 PORTALS, GATEWAYS AND MORE Portal websites Searchable subject gateway Overseas domestic law International and comparative law PART C - PRESENTING THE RESULTS EFFECTIVELY 18 WRITING TO IMPRESS What this chapter is about Advice on good writing skills Style manuals Style manuals for legal citations PART D - HOW TO GET THE BEST DEAL FROM COMMERCIAL LAW PUBLISHERS 19 BUYING LEGAL INFORMATION Introduction Which are the main commercial publishers? How to buy information in print format Challenges and pitfalls of buying online information Hints and tips when negotiating with online law information providers APPENDICES 1 Lists of Abbreviations 2 What Does this Technical Term Mean? 3 Court Directions Relating to Legal Research 4 Using Databases Better 5 Popular Names Index to UK Cases and EU Legislation and Cases Subject Index Index of Published Materials Index to Databases and Organisations

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NGR9780854902651
9780854902651
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Legal Research: A Practitioner's Handbook by Consultant editor Peter Clinch
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Hardback
Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing
2019-06-28
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