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Directories, databases and portals

A listing of key online legal directories, databases and portals for law resources and the legal profession.

Directories

UK and Ireland

Bar Library
The Northern Ireland Bar Library offers a searchable Barristers Directory.

ExpertSearch.co.uk
Directory of UK expert witnesses, searchable by name, town, county, qualification and area of expertise. Entries vary in depth, but can include qualifications, contact details, articles, biographical information, photographs and professional accreditations.

Expert Witness UK
Impressive online directory of expert witnesses and expert consultants throughout the UK and Ireland, from the publishers of the print directory. The database can be used using a simple keyword search, which leads on to fuller entries and links to external websites.

Firms of Solicitors (Law Firms) in the UK
Comprehensive independent listing of directories and firms maintained by Delia Venables.

Law Society: Find A Solicitor
Online directory from the Law Society, with the option to search for a solicitor or firm by name or by area of specialism.

The Lawyer Directory
A-Z list, with links, of firms by international region and ranking.

Lawyer Location UK
Directory of UK solicitors and law firms, as well as a useful guide on briefing a solicitor.

Lawyers on the Web (Infolaw)
Includes an in-house listing of lawyers based on information submitted by practitioners, alongside a comprehensive listing of external UK directories of lawyers.

Legal 500
Comprehensive listings and overviews of law firms by region and country, featuring Bar and in-house lawyer directories.

Legal Hub
Suite of searchable online directories from Sweet & Maxwell featuring the Bar Directory, Expert Witness Directory, In-house Lawyer Directory and Top Legal Employers.

Revenue Bar Association (RBA)
Organisation of barristers specialising in tax, which includes a list of members with further contact details.

Solicitors.com
Locate qualified solicitors within a specific area who are experts in a certain field of law. Search by area of law, postcode or county.

Solicitors in Ireland with a web site
Alphabetical listing of Irish firms, maintained by Delia Venables.

Waterlow Legal
Portal from Waterlows featuring a range of legal directories including fully searchable directories of solicitor's firms and barristers chambers.

Other regions

AttorneyLocate
Online directory of US and Canadian attorneys, endorsed by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Lawyers.com
Directory for consumers of lawyers in the US that users can search or browse by city, state and field of practice.

Databases and portals

Access to Law
Gateway aimed primarily at the legal profession in the UK, providing access to UK an international legal websites and to legislation, case reports, treaties, codes of practice, official guidance and other legal documentation. The majority of sites can be accessed free of charge.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Find the full title and meaning of obscure legal references and abbreviations from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the US, including those covering international and comparative law.

Infolaw
Legal information portal described as the ‘longest-established UK legal gateway site’ with a legal resources directory and a subscription-based search service.

Lawlinks
Comprehensive listing of law links produced by the University of Kent library in association with Kent Law School. Updated regularly.

LawRights
Consumer-focused law website provides a wide range of information and advice, including a court directory, court fee statistics, topic factsheets, example forms and news.

Lawtel
Subscription database from Thomson Reuters offering cases, legislation, articles and precedents.

Legal Resources in the UK and Ireland
Independent website established by Delia Venables, a listed consultant with the Law Society. Among the comprehensive listing of resources on the site are a directory of solicitors (UK & Ireland) with web pages, free law resources by topic, and legal documents online.

LexisNexis Legal
Suite of subscription databases and services for legal research and practice management.

Net Lawman
Online library of legal document templates for purchase covering business law, personal issues, property, employment, intellectual property and government forms. International versions of the site cover the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and South Africa.

Tom's Law: Legal Documents Online (FiSMA)
An online library of legal templates relevant to entrepreneurs and investors from not for profit organisation FiSMA. Included in the collection are draft documents covering AIM companies, incorporation, company administration, confidentiality, employment and the sale and purchase of shares. The site includes a warning notice that should be read before using any of the documents in the collection. Registration is required to access some of the documents.

UK Legal
Also known as Clickdocs, this is a legal document shop for Scotland, England and Wales providing professionally written legal documents for purchase.

Westlaw UK
Subscription database from Thomson Reuters offering cases, legislation, journals and commentary.

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