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Westlaw UK What’s New – April 2013

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It’s already April?!

How time flies…2013 is already a quarter old, although with the weather we’ve had recently you could mistake it for January.

So far this year at Westlaw UK we’ve had a lot going on, but the hard work has prevailed and we’re happy to have launched a new set of enhancements on 23 April.

We’ve made big improvements to our search and relevancy ranking. Westlaw UK Insight is going splendidly well with our article database in rapid growth – we’ve also added a link to related journals from each article too. We have two Precedent  titles ready to be launched online next week and another 12 being added throughout the rest of the year. We’ve also recently launched our new Reuters with NewsRoom – an exciting and comprehensive news platform.

Our online books & looseleafs library has again been growing; with 13 titles added already this year! To make sure you keep up to date with what titles go live when, you can follow Westlaw UK on Twitter @WestlawUK where we give live updates as new books & looseleafs are launched online. Check out the Books & Looseleafs library section, which has all the titles currently live and those launching throughout 2013. The library also includes cover photos and pre-lims, which are court ready!

Read more about all the enhancements for this month, below.


The Westlaw UK team

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Our suggested search terms functionality allows you to explore and investigate our insight, cases, legislation, journals and current awareness information in a more streamlined approach. It means smarter searches, with less typing and a higher likelihood of finding the content you need, fast.

As you begin to type a search on Westlaw UK, matching search suggestions will display in a drop-down menu below the search box. The suggestions are refined as you continue to type.

This functionality has been built into the search bars for the homepage, Citations, Party Names, Acts or Legislation Titles, Statutory Definitions and Terms Defined and the Subject / Keyword search.


Westlaw UK search results are now ranked using our expert editorial knowledge, meaning you will receive the most appropriate results for your searches near the top of the list.


Searches which contain a term that matches one of the criteria below will be ranked more highly in results list. This means a search for bribery act will show you the Bribery Act 2010 before it shows you cases that have mentioned the Bribery Act.

    • Insight Article Title
    • Case Citation
    • Party Names
    • Act/SI Title
    • Insight Articles with relevant citations / Case Analysis docs with relevant Legislation citations
    • Taxonomy (Subject/Keyword generally, or subject/index/term for EU)

In addition we have ranked certain types of documents over other types and used dates and relevant document structures to ensure a logical ordering. This means a search for companies act would return Acts before SIs containing those terms ahead of anything else, ensuring that the document you are most likely searching for will appear near the top.

    • Legislation document type (Arrangement of Act document, Arrangement of SI document, other Act or SI documents)
    • Term frequency
    • Date
    • Legislation by volume and order sequence values


These improvements to the search on Westlaw UK will bring you a number of benefits:

    • Time Saving – Get relevant search results whilst you type , meaning you spend less time searching and can go right to the research content you want more quickly
    • Less Typing – Dynamically generated results mean you can stop typing as soon as you see what you need
    • Smarter Searching – Like a conversation with Westlaw UK, get instant feedback on whether your search terms return the type of results you want. If not, just add another word or two to see if the results are closer to what you’re looking for. It’s now more likely that the content you want will be nearer the top of your results list

When researching Insight articles, you can now link directly to related journal articles. Found at the bottom of an article’s page, the new Journals tab sits alongside Cases and Legislation.


We’ve now launched the first Sweet & Maxwell precedent titles on Westlaw UK* available for you to add on to your subscription. This means you can get the authority and drafting guidance that you want combined with the time saving tools and functionality that you are used to on Westlaw UK.

Accessible from the Books tab of Westlaw UK, the titles available span across a range of practice areas from commercial law to trusts and wills.They keep the familiar structure of the print content but with the added value of online searching and instant download of ready-to-edit precedents as Word documents.


The benefits of having precedents on Westlaw UK include:

    • Direct links to cases, legislation and other clauses referenced in the precedents and surrounding guidance meaningseamless navigation of related sources
    • Useful search options such as by precedent title, paragraph number, free text or index term so that it’s quicker to find the document needed
    • Easy-to-browse Table of Contents, with precedents grouped by transaction and procedural stage – all very logical
    • One click download of ready-to-edit precedents as Word documents so that you can be drafting in a matter of seconds
    • Automatic filing of updates and an online Release Bulletin with links to new content which saves the bother of having to do it manually


All the precedent content on Westlaw UK has been taken from the Sweet & Maxwell catalogue that so many legal professionals know and trust. Each of the titles is written or edited by a leading authority or firm in that field of law, meaning you can work safe in the knowledge that you’ve got the best team behind you.  


*Precedents will be available as add-ons to Westlaw UK. Speak to your Account Manager to discuss subscription options.


With over 11,000 amendments coming into force on April 1st, rising to over 14,000 later in the month, it’s been the busiest month for our legislation team for a long time. Below are a few points that we’re proud to announce:

    • Launched 12 New Acts (including 6 Westminster Acts), plus 4 local Acts and 2 Church Measures.
    • Over 300 new SI’s, including 15 major new sets of Financial Services Regulation were launched
    • Our online Acts and editorial work was completed ahead of our competitors
    • All Acts on track to be fully Annotated within 2 weeks of Royal Assent

Over 11,000 April 1st amendments – the busiest single day for new amendments since Westlaw UK began. Some interesting notes include:

    • 8,500 amendments already applied and live on Westlaw UK
    • Of the 70 April 1st amendments randomly selected, 66 were updated and in force on Westlaw UK on April 1st. We noticed that none were applied and fully in force on competitor sites

April will to continue to be a busy period for our legislation team. We expect a further 13 Acts to be published in the next few weeks, including the Crime and Courts Bill, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill and the Growth and Infrastructure Bill – over 5000 amendments between those three Bills.


OnePass allows you to log on to multiple Thomson Reuters applications and websites with a single username and password. Many of you may already be using OnePass to sign onto ProView, Westlaw UK Mobile, Westlaw Next , My Account, Westlaw International and QuickView+.

We are planning to add Westlaw UK to the list of supported services this year, which will make it easier for you to use multiple Thomson Reuters services and also provides a more secure authentication service. You don’t need to take any action right now but look out for further communication.


Connections are important to us. That’s why we’re happy to announce the recent launch of the European Lawyer Reference Series on Westlaw UK. The European Lawyer Reference Series work with top law firms internationally to create cross-jurisdictional comparative law books for you. Our titles are produced in collaboration with leading lawyers and barristers in their fields from some of the world’s most respected law firms and are available on Westlaw UK now.

    1. Alternative Corporate Re-Engineering 2011
    2. Commercial Litigation 2011
    3. Family Law 2011
    4. Global Business and Human Rights 2011
    5. Hedge Funds 2011
    6. International Fraud & Asset Tracing 2008
    7. Investment Funds 2011
    8. Merger Control 2011
    9. Patent Litigation
    10. Private Equity 2010
    11. Shareholders Rights 2011
    12. Shipping and International Trade 2011

For more information on each title please visit our European Lawyer Series page here.


We’re also delighted to announce the launch of some major enhancements to Westlaw UK Crime* this month, meaning  those of you who subscribe to this service can now enjoy a more seamless research experience than ever before.

Joining up content between Archbold and Criminal Law Week the enhancements ensure that sources, commentary and cases are available within a few clicks, speeding up your research and enabling an uninterrupted flow of information for case preparation.

What you can expect to see:

    • Archbold supplement updates will now sit on the same page as the main work
    • Weekly updates affecting the content of Archbold will appear in a pop up box and at the bottom of any relevant page enabling you to see at a glance the most up-to-date information

    • A new update symbol lets you see immediately if there are any updates to the information you are looking at
    • You’ll have fully searchable access to Criminal Law Week with links directly to it from Archbold should you need further detail

Click here to take a look at the enhancements in more detail.

*Westlaw UK Crime is available as an add-on to a Westlaw UK subscription or as a standalone service. Speak to your Account Manager to discuss subscription options.


Also now available as an add-on to your subscription: Reuters with NewsRoom. With over 11,000 publications, newspapers, wires and journals, all of which are available to search from one interface on Westlaw UK, Reuters with NewsRoom gives you an unbiased insight into the day’s political, economic and financial developments.

Our advanced search technology enables you to search by individual publication or create your own content set from the multitude of sources available. Through a network of journalists in over 190 offices and more than 130 countries, we spot developing trends and bring you the latest news as it unfolds worldwide. Our focus on business and political news means world-class coverage of companies, industries, economies and governments.


    • All News Plus wires with Reuters
    • UK News with Reuters
    • UK Broadsheets
    • European News with Reuters
    • Middle Eastern News with Reuters
    • Finance and Banking News with Reuters
    • Trade and industry sources


Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, our new search technology lets you search using the most basic of terms right through to advanced Boolean terms and connectors to create more targeted searches.

Searches are limited by time and headline with simple options to help you narrow or expand your results. Instantly see sources, industries, subjects, locations and dates across which your results are spread. All of which are easy to sort using filters so you can be sure of finding just the results that are relevant to you. In addition to our selected sources such as UK Newspapers and UK publications, you can also create and save bespoke collections of sources.

*Reuters with NewsRoom is available as an add-on to Westlaw UK. Speak to your Account Manager to discuss subscription options.


Since the start of the year, we’ve made thirteen new titles available on the service, as well as new editions and supplements.


*Books and Looseleafs are available as add-ons to Westlaw UK. Speak to your Account Manager to discuss subscription options.


Full Annotations for the following recently passed Acts are available on Westlaw UK:


    • Antarctic Act 2013
    • European Union (Approvals) Act 2013
    • HGV Road User Levy Act 2013
    • Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013
    • Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013
    • Mobile Homes Act 2013
    • Presumption of Death Act 2013
    • Prisons (Property) Act 2013
    • Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
    • Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2013
    • Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Act 2013
    • Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges Act 2013
    • Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013
    • European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Act 2013
    • Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013
    • Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2013
    • Trusts (Capital and Income) Act 2013
    • Civil Aviation Act 2012
    • Financial Services Act 2012
    • Police (Complaints and Conduct) Act 2012
    • Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Act 2012
    • Small Charitable Donations Act 2012


    • Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013
    • School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013


    • Budget (Scotland) Act 2013
    • Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2013
    • Scottish Civil Justice Council and Criminal Legal Assistance Act 2013
    • Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 – will be online on Friday – being copy edited at present
    • Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Act 2012
    • Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013


    • Budget Act (Northern Ireland) 2013
    • Business Improvement Districts Act 2013
    • Air Passenger Duty (Setting of Rate) Act (Northern Ireland) 2012
    • Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2013
    • Inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse Act (Northern Ireland) 2013
    • Superannuation Act (Northern Ireland) 2013

All Northern Ireland Acts have now been annotated back to 2007 – the majority are online with just a few waiting to be keyed. The following legacy Acts have been fully annotated and are now available on Westlaw UK:

    • Budget Act (Northern Ireland) 2007
    • Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

*Please note the Annotated Statutes service is available as an add-on to a current Westlaw UK subscription.




Search the content using free text, by paragraph number, by the title of the precedent you need or by index term.


Search the Index with ease thanks to suggested search terms appearing as you type – saving you time and allowing you to search smarter.


The Table of Contents is arranged by transaction or procedural stage,and then by the precedents needed at that stage, letting you find what you need quickly. You can also browse by cases and legislation.


Click on the Word icon to download that precedent in a ready-to-edit format. You can also print,download or email several precedents at a time from the Table of Contents, using check boxes or the Word icon.


Browse latest updates from the Release Bulletin with ease, found at the top of the Table of Contents. Link directly from the Release Bulletin to any updated content throughout the title.


View footnote references alongside the text of a precedent or the associated guidance on Westlaw UK, avoiding the need to scroll to the bottom of the page.


Link directly to cases, legislation or other clauses referenced in the precedents and in the drafting guidance provided with them on Westlaw UK.



Half of all tribunal fines remain unpaid

Nearly half of the solicitors fined by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in recent years have avoided paying those fines in full, figures obtained by the Gazette reveal.

Of 579 cases since 2008 in which such a penalty was imposed, the fine has yet to be paid in full in 266. In response to a freedom of information request, HM Treasury – which is responsible for collecting fines – admitted £1.7m was owed at the end of 2012.

That figure is a significant proportion of the £3.5m of fines issued by the SDT in the previous five years, though some of the outstanding sums will date from further back.

The outstanding amount will raise questions about the Treasury’s ability to enforce punishments handed out by the tribunal. HM Treasury said that just ‘two to three people’ are employed to work on fines collection.


Scottish Courts shake up raises concerns warn top lawyers

Scotland’s leading lawyers have voiced concerns regarding the Scottish Government’s courts shake up, claiming that plans out to consultation, under which thousands of civil cases would be removed from the Court of Session and heard in the sheriff courts, will affect the delivery of justice in Scotland.


Catholic diocese liable for priest’s alleged offences: test case could affect any group using volunteers

The Catholic Church has failed in its attempt to avoid liability for abuses committed by priests and nuns in a decision which will have implications for a range of organisations by expanding the principle of vicarious liability. The Supreme Court refused to hear Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust’s appeal against the Court of Appeal’s ruling that they had a duty to compensate a girl for alleged abuse by a nun and priest if the facts of the abuse were established.


The Government has announced rules to streamline the employment tribunal process in response to Mr Justice Underhill’s review of the rules of procedure for employment tribunals.

The proposals the Government has accepted include: strike out powers to ensure that weak cases are halted at the earliest opportunity; guidance for Presidents to help ensure hearings are dealt with consistently; and a new procedure for preliminary hearings.


BPI secures High Court illegal website crackdown

The High Court has handed down judgment in a major copyright case that has been described as “a wake-up call for illegal websites”

As a result of the judgment, the UK’s six biggest Internet service providers (ISPs) will be forced to block three illegal Bittorrent – or peer-to-peer – websites.

The case was brought by the music industry trade body BPI. General counsel Kiaron Whitehead coordinated the BPI’s case, instructing Forbes Anderson Free partner Andrew Forbes, Blackstone Chambers’ Ian Mill QC and Maitland Chambers’ Edmund Cullen QC along with Blackstone juniors Tom Richards and Shane Sibbel.

Welcoming the judgment, Whitehead described the ruling as “a wake-up call for illegal websites”.
“Website blocking has been re-confirmed as a proportionate remedy for copyright infringement,” added Whitehead. “The judgment will assist copyright holders across the whole of Europe and help encourage online consumer confidence.”


American-style televised courts move a step closer: Channel 4 to show a British murder trial for first time

The prospect of American-style televised courts has moved a step closer after Channel 4 announced that it is to show a British murder trial in its entirety for the first time.

Remotely-operated cameras were installed in an Edinburgh court room to film the trial of Nat Fraser, a Scottish man accused of murdering his wife, Arlene, whose body was never found.

After three years of negotiation, the Scottish High Court granted permission for the trial to be filmed. The results will be screened as a 90-minute Channel 4 documentary called The Murder Trial.

Filming in crown courts in England and Wales is still prohibited. But the Scottish judicial authorities have declared a willingness to explore the possibility of allowing cameras into courts as long as all the parties involved agree.

The Judicial Office for Scotland gave permission for Windfall Films to film a number of trials, beginning with the retrial last year of Fraser, 53, for the murder of his estranged wife, Arlene, 33, who vanished from her home in New Elgin, Moray, in 1998.


Right to Die fight continues

A paralysed road accident victim known as L has secured approval to continue the right to die battle started by locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, who died in 2012. Lord Justice Elias allowed L to be added to the litigation, permitted Mrs Nicklinson to amend her case so she can bring a human rights claim, and gave them permission to pursue their appeal


First closed-door trial starts

The Supreme Court sat behind closed doors for the first time on March 21, 2013 as a panel of nine justices held a half-hour hearing to consider material in a case related to national security.The case in question is Iranian Bank Mellat’s appeal against an order imposed under counter-terrorism laws banning it from operating in the UK.


Rights of the Sovereign and the Duchy of Cornwall Bill 2013 (HL Bill No.93)

A Bill to amend the Sovereign Grant Act 2011; amend the succession to the title of the Duke of Cornwall; re-distribute the Duchy of Cornwall estate; and to remove the requirement for a Parliament to obtain Queen or Prince’s consent to consideration of bills passing through Parliament. To view the bill abstract click here.

Succession to Hereditary Peerages and Estates Bill 2013 (HC Bill No.153)

A Bill to remove male-preference primogeniture in succession to hereditary peerages and estates. To view the bill abstract click here.


School bans triangle flapjacks

A school has banned triangular flapjacks after a pupil was injured by one. Dinner staff at Castle View School in Canvey Island, Essex, were told to cut the treat into squares or rectangles following the incident. It is understood that the triangular version was banned after one was thrown, hitting a boy in the face.


Westlaw UK Workouts are 40-minute training sessions tailored to specific practice areas. Our trainers can guide you through a step-by-step demonstration on your chosen area using all the relevant content and tools. They will also be happy to answer any of your questions along the way.

Training can be taken from home, the office, or anywhere you have internet access and a telephone line. To view a full schedule of the upcoming sessions and register, visit the Westlaw UK training pages here. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Customer Training and Support Team on 0800 028 2200 or e-mail customer.service@westlaw.co.uk


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