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Law: UK Case Law

The library guide for Cambridge University's Squire Law Library.

Printed law reports

Our print collection of English law reports is held in stacks 6-11 on the first floor and filed in alphabetical order.

It is important to remember that few court cases are reported and that there is a difference between a transcript and a report with commentary. The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting provide an explanation on their website. They also have a useful article breaking down the elements of a law report.

Recomended databases

English Reports

The English Reports are available within HeinOnline and Justis but there are also freely available on CommonLII. also provide a useful chart of nominate citations.

Training Guides

A list of training guides to our subscription databases are available on the library's webpages accessible here.

Law Reports

Photo of stacks in the Squire Law Library. In the foreground are brown and red volumes looking very official but also well-used and battered.


BAILLI includes British and Irish case law & legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material.

Find case law

A service launched (April 2022) by the National Archives to provide access to court judgments from the England and Wales High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and tribunal decisions from the Upper Tribunals.

The service is in the early stages of development.

Current Awareness

Current Awareness is a blog from the Inner Temple Library providing up-to-date information on new case law, changes in legislation and legal news from England and Wales.

Legal Abbreviations

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

This database allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law.

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