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United Kingdom Law: Books

Nature of legal monograph publishing in the UK

Within the legal publishing sector within the UK there are often 2 distinct markets.  Those that are practising law and those that are studying law.  Because of this there are monographs written for practitioners which focus on the practical application of the law and procedure and there are monographs which are written for students which will have a more theoretical focus.

There are also looseleaf publications.  These are works which have loose pages that can be taken out and replaced to update the work which is particularly important with law.   In the Bodleian Law Library we try to ensure that the looseleaf works are updated as quickly as possible but please read the front sheet to check when it was last updated.  You can also check to see if the work is online, many of the Lexis Nexis looseleafs are online via

Legal Suppliers/Bookshops

Most publishers sell books directly (see box above).  Please find below a list of legal suppliers/bookshops with links through to their websites. 


Practitioners' Texts on Legal Databases

It is sometimes hard to see in SOLO which Npractitioners' texts for English law are in included in our subscriptions to Westlaw Books and LexisLibrary

Westlaw Books

The Bodleian Law Library subscribes to most of available ebooks on Westlaw.  Some of the books (but not all) are listed below.

  • Archbold Criminal Pleading Evidence & Practice
  • Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt
  • Benjamin's Sale of Goods
  • Bowstead & Reynolds on Agency
  • Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings
  • C.I.P.A. Guide to the Patents Acts
  • Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence
  • Chitty on Contracts
  • Clerk & Lindsell on Torts
  • Copinger and Skone James on Copyright
  • Current Sentencing Practice
  • Dicey, Morris & Collins The Conflict of Laws
  • Fletcher on Insolvency
  • Gatley on Libel and Slander
  • Goff & Jones The Law of Restitution
  • Hollington Shareholder rights
  • Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability
  • Kerly's Law of Trade Marks and Trade Names
  • Lewin on Trusts
  • Lightman & Moss Law of administrators
  • Lindley & Banks on Partnership
  • McGregor on Damages
  • Palmer's Company Law
  • Phipson on Evidence
  • Redfern & Hunter on International Arbitration
  • Renton and Brown Criminal Procedure
  • Renton and Brown Criminal Procedure Legislation
  • Snell's Equity
  • Terrell on the Law of Patents
  • Totty & Moss: Insolvency
  • White Book
  • Woodfall: Landlord and Tenant

Books on Lexis+ UK

Below is just a selection of titles available to holders of an Oxford SSO via Lexislibrary.  A lot of the Butterworth's services are online as well as the Tolley's Tax publications.  You can find a list of all of them under the commentary tab in Lexis Library (click on the browse button on the left hand side).

  • Halsbury's Laws
  • Bailey & Groves: Corporate Insolvency - Law & Practice
  • Buckley on the Companies Acts
  • Butterworths Banking Law Handbook
  • Butterworths Company Law Handbook
  • Butterworths Competition Law Service
  • Butterworths Corporate Law Service
  • Butterworths Family Law Service
  • Butterworths Law of Food and Drugs
  • Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service
  • Butterworths Planning Law Service
  • Butterworths Property Law Service
  • Butterworths Road Traffic Service
  • Butterworths Trading and Consumer Law
  • Butterworths Wills Probate and Administration Service
  • The Civil Court Practice 2010 (The Green Book)
  • Clarke Hall & Morrison on Children
  • Cook: Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology and the Law
  • Emden's Construction Law
  • Garner's Environmental Law
  • Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice
  • Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law
  • Hill and Redman's Law of Landlord and Tenant
  • The Law of Education
  • Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice
  • Paget's Law of Banking
  • Schaw Miller and Bailey Personal Insolvency Law and Practice
  • Williams on Wills

UK law texts

Monographs for England and Wales in the LawBod have call marks starting K to KN and are arranged by legal subject.  The collection is off the main reading room. There are guides to the classification system at the end of the shelves or you can search SOLO to find the classmark if you are looking for a specific text.  Some of the more popular titles may be held at Law Reserve as they are heavily used.  There is a guide to the classmarks in the box on the left or you can ask staff for help.


Halsbury's Laws.

This is a multi volume work which covers the law of England and Wales.  It is a statement of the current law along with law report and legislation citations and is a great place to start legal research.  Halsbury's Laws (and related services) are available in hard copy at KZ1 to KZ3 on the main floor but also available electronically on Lexis Library (a subscription database which requires an Oxford SSO for access.)


You can search for textbooks using SOLO.  Books that have the location LAW LIBRARY:MAIN LIBRARY or LAW LIBRARY:LAW RESERVE are held at the Bodleian Law Library. It will also list where a book is available electronically.

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