Practical Law

Where information becomes know-how


Practical Law helps lawyers to work faster and advise with confidence. We go beyond and complement primary law and research to help our customers meet client demands for increased efficiency and greater value.

Our expert team has significant experience in the world’s leading law firms, companies and public sector organisations. They create and maintain thousands of up-to-date know-how resources across all major practice areas. They’re also available to answer your questions and act as a sounding board on tricky points through our Ask service.



Vast bank of online know-how
Get the support you need to deliver
Practice notes and checklists
Understand the law and how it applies in practice
Precedent templates which set the market standard
Draft quickly from templates you can trust
Current awareness and market analysis, telling you what you need to know and why
Never miss an important development
Workflow tools, including automated drafting and annotation
Save time and avoid duplicating effort
Coverage across all major practice areas
Get up to speed quickly in specialist or unfamiliar areas
Ask: legal query service and forum
Get an expert sounding board on a tricky point and tap into a community of your peers
Resources continually updated to reflect the latest in law and practice
Mitigate the risk of working from out-of-date information
Rigorous peer review procedures
Advise with confidence
Integrated with cases and legislation on Westlaw UK
Check the law for yourself, dig deeper and consult authoritative commentary

What's Included

Current awareness

Legal updates and alerts, tailored for your areas of practice, explaining what you need to know and why. Receive by e-mail or view online.

Expert commentary

Get insight into hot topics from the experts in Practical Law podcasts and webinars. Our Construction and Public Sector Law service also offer popular blogs.

Practice notes

Clear explanations of current law and practice written by our experts, from quick guides and overviews to detailed analysis for specialists.

Multi-jurisdictional guides

Compare the law across jurisdictions with these simple Q&A guides, written by international and local experts. Guides feature cross-border analysis articles and a Q&A tool which allows you to generate custom comparison reports.

Standard documents and clauses

Start with a market standard template you know to be up-to-date. More than 200 of our most popular documents are now available in automated form.

Workflow tools

Draft faster and share data across documents instantly with our automated drafting tool, FastDraft. Share notes confidentially on our resources using Annotation or download standard documents in your house style with FirmStyle.

Checklists and flowcharts

Mitigate risk and ensure you have everything covered with these quick reference reminders of the law, as it applies in practice.

What’s Market

Search for details of recent public company deals or AGMs, compare features and terms, and access public documents.


Ask our team a question, see what others ask us and join the discussion. Our team can help you find a resource, expand on something we have written or act as a sounding board on a tricky legal point.

PLC Magazine

Practical Law for Companies Magazine - the leading monthly magazine for business lawyers advising companies active in the UK, featuring speedread summaries, news briefs, feature articles, bulletins and expert commentary.