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Library Services and COVID-19

The Library team is endeavouring to provide library services for members during the time that the Library at Fetter Lane is closed and staff are working from home.

Details of our services and resources are outlined below.

Enquiries

We are running our enquiry service remotely for members of the Inns of Court. You can get in touch with us via email at library@innertemple.org.uk and we will do our best to satisfy your requests. We regret that we are unable to respond to telephone enquiries.

During the Coronavirus crisis we are not able to access the full range of library resources but we are collaborating with the other Inn Libraries so that as many enquiries as possible can be satisfied from our combined database subscriptions.

We are publishing a series of subject guides to make users aware of the electronic resources to which the Library currently has access. The guides cover, as far as possible, key textbooks, law reports, journals, laws and free web sources; please note, however, that textbooks and laws are not available for all subject areas.

Subject guides to Australian Law, Canadian Law, Caribbean Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Hong Kong Law, Intellectual Property Law and Personal Injury Law are now available on our website.

Document Supply

We are offering a document delivery service between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. from Monday-Friday for barrister members of all four Inns.

Material can be supplied for existing judicial or Parliamentary proceedings, research for non commercial purposes and private study.

The Library will supply scans, subject to the provisions of the law of copyright (the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014).

Charges for the document supply service are being waived during the COVID-19 situation, but the relevant form (Judicial Proceedings or Private Research) must be completed. The forms are available on our website.

Enquiries may be made by email: distanceservice@innertemple.org.uk

We are able to provide copies of material from:

Bloomsbury Professional Online – a list of the content available can be viewed here.

Electronic Immigration Network – case law, country of origin reports, legislation and general immigration resources.

Hart Publishing – titles via the Bloomsbury Collections.*

i-law – selected content: Building Law Reports, Lloyd’s Law Reports, Lloyd’s Law Reports: Insurance and Reinsurance and Medical Law Reports, Arbitration Law, Clarke: Law of Insurance Contracts and Professional Negligence and Liability.

JustisOne – UK case law (England and Wales Judgments Court of Appeal (Civil Division) 1951 onwards, (Criminal Division) 1963-1989, 1993 onwards) and legislation; Caribbean case law including the: Bermuda Law Reports, BVI Cases, Cayman Islands Law Reports and Jamaica Cases plus cases from many other Caribbean jurisdictions.

Lawtel including Kemp Online

Lexis Commonwealth – case law, legislation and commentary for Australia, Canada, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore plus the Bahamas Law Reports, East Caribbean Supreme Court Reports, West Indian Reports and the Laws of Mauritius.

Lexis Library – Butterworths, Jordans* and Lexis textbooks, law reports, legal journals, Halsbury’s Laws, Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents and Atkin’s Court Forms. See the lists of available Jordans and Lexis content.

Lexis®PSL practice notes, forms, precedents, authoritative commentary and current awareness for 35 practice areas.

Oxford University Press – selected online content: Oxford Legal Research Library, Oxford Competition Law, Oxford Constitutional Law and Oxford Public International Law.*

Practical Law – practice notes, legal updates, standard documents, checklists and multi-jurisdictional guides.

Westlaw – law reports, legislation, journals and a number of Thomson Reuters commentary sources. A list of available books can be found here.

Westlaw Canada – case law and legislation

*temporary access

Members’ Access to Databases

We have a limited number of logins which will allow us to make Bloomsbury Professional and Lexis®PSL available by remote access to practising barristers who are members of the Inner Temple.

Bloomsbury Professional Online – a list of database content can be viewed here.

Lexis®PSL – the service provides practice notes, forms, precedents, authoritative commentary and current awareness for 35 practice areas.

Enquiries about remote access may be sent to bloomsbury@innertemple.org.uk or lexispsl@innertemple.org.uk.

ICLR Online – The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting is offering free access to ICLR Online for a limited period up to 30 November 2020 to members of the four Inns who are practising barristers based in the UK. If you are a practising barrister and would like to take advantage of the ICLR offer, click on this link, which will take you to an online landing page with explanatory material and a form to complete to request remote access.

Trial Access to Databases

The online publishers are offering trial access to a number of databases to barrister members of the Inner Temple and the other Inns as described below.

Lexis Library

Lexis is offering barristers seven-day trial access to the most comprehensive of its Lexis Library offerings, comprising UK legislation, over 700,000 cases and key reference sources such as the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents and Atkin’s Court Forms. The database also includes Halsbury’s Laws, the Butterworths and Tolley’s handbooks and many key texts.

Members can also request trial access to Lexis®PSL for practice notes, precedents, forms and current awareness alerts across 35 practice areas.

To request a trial, please contact farina.sharif@lexisnexis.co.uk, Bar Account Manager at Lexis.

Thomson Reuters legal databases

Barrister members of the Inns can sign up to a one-week trial for:

  • Westlaw – access to case law, legislation, journals and EU legal materials. A list of available books can be viewed here.
  • Sweet & Maxwell books – access to key practitioners texts available via Westlaw. A list of available books can be viewed here.
  • Lawtel – access to UK and EU case law, legislation and articles.
  • Practical Law – access to practice notes, standard documents, checklists, forms, legal updates and global guides.

To request a trial, please contact Saghi.Shahmirzadi@thomsonreuters.com, Account Manager at Thomson Reuters.

vLex Justis

UK barristers can now access a free 14-day trial and a new 3-month access plan for law reports and case law available on vLex Justis. For more information, including a list of full coverage details, please click here.

Free Resources

To assist legal practitioners Inner Temple Library staff have developed two complementary free online services.

AccessToLaw

A gateway site, providing annotated links to over 1,300 free UK, Commonwealth and worldwide legal resources including case law, legislation, commentary and organisations. Entries are arranged in five sections: United Kingdom, Commonwealth, Other Jurisdictions, Legal Subject Areas and General Resources.

Current Awareness Blog

A selective Current Awareness blog, updated daily, providing information on new case law, changes in legislation, and legal news, as well as articles, case comments and conference papers from chambers’ websites. Coverage is restricted to England and Wales.

Research Tips

We post daily research tips on Facebook and Twitter to help lawyers and librarians find free legal materials.

Training

eResource Training

Working with the database providers, the Library is offering eResource training for Inner Temple members.

Please contact tdennis@innertemple.org.uk if you are interested in web-based training on Lexis Library & Lexis®PSL, Westlaw & Practical Law and JustisOne.

Legal Research FAQS

Our online guides aim to answer questions frequently asked of the staff at the Inner Temple Library. They include free web-based sources, hard copy materials and subscription-based databases. Subjects covered include UK Law; EU Law, Treaties and Parliamentary Publications.

Guides

A series of database and legal research guides are available on our website.

Contact Details

Library Enquiries: library@innertemple.org.uk

Social Media

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Twitter: @inner_temple
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