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Practical Law

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What makes Practical Law unique?

Our practical legal know-how can help you work faster with market-leading precedents, integrated drafting notes, or checklists to mitigate risk.

Key Of Success

Know how resources contain direct links to cases and legislation on Westlaw UK, Westlaw Next in the US and Westlaw China, allowing you to dig deeper and examine the law for yourself.

Practice Notes

Clear explanations of the law and how it applies in practice, covering all the major practice areas, from quick notes and overview to detailed guidance.

Standard Documents

Market standard precedents, clauses and letters with integrated drafting notes for a head start when drafting.

Checklists And Flowcharts

Quick reference reminders for use in common transactions to help you ensure you have everything covered.

Legal Updates

Daily, weekly and monthly legal updates, written by our experts, telling you what you need to know and why.

Multi-Jurisdictional Guides

Comparative Q&A guides to the law worldwide, written by leading international and local firms with Country Q&A comparison tool.

Drafting Tool

FastDraft automated drafting, Annotation for sharing notes on resources and firm style for converting documents to your house style.

The coverage

We offer three core country services: United Kingdom, United States and China.
We also provide international know-how covering EU law and international arbitration, as well as essential resources for working across borders.

UK Practice Areas

Arbitration (England and Wales)
Dispute Resolution
Commercial Employment
Competition Environment
Construction Family
Corporate Finance
Financial Services Property
IP & IT Public Sector Law
Media & Telecoms Restructuring and Insolvency
Pensions Share Schemes & Incentives
Private Client Tax

Highlights

  • Vast bank of practice notes covering all the major UK practice areas
  • Up-to-date, market standard documents, clauses, letters with integrated drafting notes fit for UK or international transactions
  • Checklists and flowcharts to help you mitigate risk
  • Daily, weekly and monthly legal updates, written by our experts
  • Podcasts, webinars and events
  • Ask 'legal query' service
  • Drafting tools including FastDraft automated drafting, Annotation and FirmStyle

U.S. practice areas

Antitrust Finance
Bankruptcy Intellectual Property & Technology
Capital Markets & Securities Labor & Employment
Corporate and M&A Litigation: Federal
Employee Benefits & Executive Real Estate
Compensation Tax

Highlights

  • Vast bank of practice notes covering all the major U.S. practice areas
  • Up-to-date, market standard documents, clauses, letters with integrated drafting notes
  • Checklists and flowcharts to help you mitigate risk
  • Daily, weekly and monthly legal updates, written by our experts
  • Podcasts, webinars and events
  • Drafting tools including FastDraft automated drafting, Annotation and FirmStyle

China practice areas

Transactional support for lawyers doing business in China. The content is broken up into easy-to-use toolkits which help you find the information you need quickly.

Toolkits

Legal fundamentals Commercial agreements & boilerplate
Inbound mergers & acquisitions Arbitration & dispute resolution
Global mergers & acquisitions IP fundamentals
Establishing a business  

Highlights

  • More than 100 international standard documents and clauses, localised to work under Chinese law
  • Integrated drafting notes with practical tips on what you need to do differently in China
  • Practice notes with clear and detailed how-to guidance to support foreign investment activity in China
  • China glossary with clear definitions for nearly 100 commonly-used Chinese legal terms, regulatory authorities and types of agreement, in English and written Chinese

International arbitration

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Detailed coverage of UK and international arbitration law, as well as other key jurisdictions, including the U.S., Switzerland, France, Germany, China and Singapore.


EU law

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Weekly updates and daily alerts of EU developments affecting your sector or practice area, EU legislation trackers, articles on hot topics and an EU Research toolkit.


Multi-jurisdictional guides

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Q&A overviews of law and regulation in more than 30 practice areas and more than 60 countries, written by leading lawyers, with analysis articles and a Country Q&A comparison tool.

Arbitration

Capital Markets

Cartel Leniency

Competition

Construction and Projects

Corporate Crime, Fraud and Investigations

Corporate Governance & Directors' Duties

Corporate Real Estate

Data Protection

Dispute Resolution

Doing Business in...

Employee Share Plans

Employment and Employee Benefits

Energy and Natural Resources

Environment

Establishing a Business in...

Finance

Insurance and Reinsurance

Investment Funds

IP in Business Transactions

Joint Ventures

Life Sciences

Media

Outsourcing

Private Client

Private Acquisitions

Private Company Acquisitions

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Public Mergers and Acquisitions

Public Procurement

Restructuring and Insolvency

Sales and Marketing

Structured Finance and Securitisation

Tax on Transactions


International collections

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Key resources for lawyers advising across borders, organised by practice area, as well as international transaction guides.

Key Features:

  • Global search gives you a single starting point to scour all the resources on Practical Law
  • Expand the Global mega-menu tabs to navigate directly to UK or U.S. practice areas or country resources
  • Dive into one of our Regional Portals to get quick access to the most popular documents and resources for that region
  • Choose a Core Country service for comprehensive know how for that jurisdiction
  • Access our international know how services, when you're working across borders
  • The latest legal updates from EU Competition and International Arbitration services
  • Country Q&As provide a high level overview of the law