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Lexis+ UK Legal Research: How to use Lexis+ UK: Lexis+ UK Legislation

How to access the Lexis Library database service and use it to find: case law, legislation, journal articles and more. This also includes information about how to access international materials on Lexis Library.

 

Lexis+ UK Legal Research

Lexis+ UK Legal Research will replace Lexis Library in the autumn of 2022. Content and functionality will remain similar.

Information on this guide will be updated as soon as possible.

For more information on using the new Lexis+ platform look at the following guides:


You can view a demonstration of Lexis+ UK Legal Research:

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Lexis+ UK Legal Research Legislation Search

Lexis+ UK Legal Research includes in force Public General Acts and SIs which apply to England and Wales.

Some provisions of pre-devolution UK legislation which relate only to Scotland are not included.

However, amended versions of in force public acts of the Scottish Parliament and SSIs are included.


After logging into Lexis+ you are at the home page. You can search for legislation here. However it is often more useful to use the ‘legislation’ search if specifically looking for an act or statutory instrument.

Below the search box under ‘Content’, select ‘Legislation’. You are now on the legislation search page. To see more search options, select ‘Advanced Search’.

Once you have retrieved results, you can use the links to various supplementary sources (e.g. Status Snapshot, Halsbury's Annotations) to check the status of legislation, including commencement, amendments and repeals, as well as other supplementary information about the legislation.

How to find Legislation on Lexis+ UK Legal Research by title and provision number

e.g. Companies Act 2006 or Horse Passports Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1611)

Searching

After logging into Lexis+ you are at the home page. You can search for legislation here. However it is often more useful to use the ‘legislation’ search if specifically looking for an act or statutory instrument.

Below the search box under ‘Content’, select ‘Legislation’. You are now on the legislation search page. To see more search options, select ‘Advanced Search’.

Tip: Use connectors to link your terms. For help using connectors, follow the ‘Tips’ link.


Browsing

On the legislation search screen, select the ‘Acts’ or 'Statutory Instruments' links under the 'Content Type' heading . Then select  the category (e.g. 'Scottish Parliament Acts' or 'UK Parliament Acts'. Then navigate through the alphabetical list of acts or SIs using +/-. Select an individual provision to view it.

Search Results - Lexis+ UK Legal Research Legislation

The results list displays records matching your query. Use the 'Table of Contents' to navigate through the act and select individual provisions to view.

Checking the status of legislation on Lexis+ UK Legal Research

NOTES

Information about commencement is given, where possible, under the ‘NOTES’ section in each provision record.

Supporting Materials

Under 'Supporting Materials' to the right of the text of a provision, you can follow links to:

  • 'Halsbury's Annotations'; and
  • 'Status Snapshot'

Each of these sources provides commencement information about provisions, where available.

 

A Legislation search retrieves in force legislation incorporating repeals and amendments (if you leave the 'Current Version' box checked in your search).

Repeals and amendments are indicated by the text appearing in square brackets.

NOTES

Details of amending legislation are given, where possible, under ‘Notes’ within the provision record.

Halsbury's Statutes Citator

Under 'Supporting Materials' to the right of the text of a provision, you can follow the link to 'Halsbury's Statutes Citator' (or 'Halsbury's Annotations'_.

This source provides information about repeals and amendments, where available.

Supporting Materials - Cases

Under 'Supporting Materials' to the right of the text of a provision, you can follow a link to 'Cases' (if available). This source provides information about cases citing a provision, where available.

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