Legal Research in the UK
A survey to understand the research tools lawyers use and how they use them
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About you

Please start off by selecting one of the options below *


 
About you

What area(s) of law are you predominantly concerned with?

 
About you

The purpose of this survey is to understand how you go about researching the law. Before we go into the detail, please rate how skilled you feel you are at legal research.

One star for "poor", five stars for "top notch" *






 
The following set of questions focus on your use and attitudes towards online legal information services.

 
Researching the law online

Which of the following online subscription legal research databases do you have access to? *


 
Researching the law online

Which of the following free sources of legal information do you use?

Select as many of the options below as you like

 
Researching the law online

If you make use of a combination of subscription-based services (such as WestlawUK and LexisNexis) and free services (such as BAILII), please explain why and how you make use of the free service.

For example, if you have a subscription to WestlawUK but also make use of BAILII, your response to this question may begin, "The reason I also make use of BAILII in addition to my paid subscription to WestlawUK is because BAILII is particularly good for X, Y or Z reason".
 
Researching the law online

"Subscription-based legal research services like WestlawUK and Lexis Library are more reliable than free services like BAILII." *

Rate the level to which you agree or disagree with the statement above
 
Researching the law online

"Subscription services like WestlawUK and LexisLibrary are easier to use than free services like BAILII." *

 
Researching the law online

"It is easier to find what you are looking for on a subscription service like WestlawUK or LexisLibrary than it is on free service like BAILII" *

 
Researching the law online

"I could not provide reliable legal advice and advocacy if I were forced to rely purely on free-to-access legal research services." *

 
The following set of questions focus on your use and attitudes towards printed legal research materials

 
Researching the law using printed works

Which one of the following printed legal research materials do you use the most?


 
Researching the law using printed works

To your knowledge, are some or all of the printed materials you make use of also available online?

     
 
Researching the law using printed works

"More and more I find that the bulk of my research is done using online services rather than books and other printed works."

 
Researching the law using printed works

"The printed versions of practitioner works like Archbold and The White Book are far easier to use than the online version."

 
The final set of questions focus on how you use legal research materials in practice

 
General research strategies

Think about the typical sort of case that may come your way in practice. You have been asked to advise on an issue of law that you are not immediately familiar with and want to find out more before giving your advice.

Which of the following search strategies would best describe your approach?

 
If there is anything else you'd like to say about your strategy for researching issues of law, type a response below

 
Case law research

Which of the following statements best describes your approach to determining which cases are most relevant to the issues you're researching?


 
Case law research

How do you set about determining whether the cases you're considering using are still good law?


 
If there is anything else you'd like to say about how you go able researching case law, please type a response below.

 
Legislation research

When researching relevant legislation, which of the following statements best reflects your approach?


 
Research support

In the event that you experienced difficulty researching an issue, would you ask for assistance from any of the following?


 
Thinking about the way you carry out legal research and the tools you use, how do you think legal information could be improved?

Your response here can relate to any aspect of how legal information is made available in the UK
 
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