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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.


UK and Ireland

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

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

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.

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.

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 Waterlow featuring a range of legal directories including fully searchable directories of solicitors' firms and barristers' chambers.

Other regions

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 maintained by the Inner Temple Library, aimed primarily at the legal profession in the UK. The site is a portal to international legal websites, 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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