Halsbury's Laws of England online

Halsbury's Laws is an authoritative encyclopaedia of law in the England and Wales, arranged by subject,with several indexes and updating services. It is particularly useful if you are researching a new area of law (perhaps for a moot) and need to find the most important cases, legislation and commentary in that area.

For more information about Halsbury's Laws, go to Printed Resources . This page gives advice about searching Halsbury’s Laws Online, which is in Lexis.

Halbury's Laws is in the LexisLibrary Commentary database. Depending on how you have LexisLibrary set up, you can find in several ways.

1. Use 'Find a Source' on the LexisLibrary front page (include the apostrophe), and add it to your favortites. It will appear under Commentary.

2. Browse to Commentary alond the top menu bar, then choose Halsbury’s Laws from the drop-down list of sources.

3. Find Halsbury's Laws in your 'My Library' list, or add it to the list.

Selecting Halsbury's Laws in Sources

Browsing Halsbury’s Laws



1. Click on the Browse link, on the left of the Halsbury’s Laws search page to see the encyclopedia in ‘book’ form.

2. Click on the + signs to ‘open’ a volume and see the headings.

3. Keep clicking on + signs beside headings until you get to the actual text, such as 'Excess of power' in this pic'.

4. To search single volumes, or sections, put a tick next to the heading and use the Quick Find or return to the search screen by clicking on 'Search' on the top left.


Halsbury's Laws browse screen



Searching Halsbury's Laws



1. Consider usin Browse to select a volume to search before beginning. In this screen shot, the Administrative Law volume was selected via Browse.

2. Open 'Show options to search specific document sections' which will allow you to do a field search.

3. Use Boolean terms and connectors.

Alternatively, try searching in the Headings field.


Halsbury's Laws search screen


Results screen features


1. Paragraph headings are shown in the Title column. The ‘Location’ column on the right of the screen, shows the volume and part from which the paragraph is drawn.

2. Set Show to Expanded List to see the words around your search term.

3. If you have searched the whole of Halsbury's Laws,select a volume from the left hand menu, or navigate to parts within volumes.

4. Set Sort Order to Relevance instead of Source.

5. Use 'Search within results' to refine your search.

Halsbury's Laws results page - search for habeas corpus


If there are updates, you will see a separate link below the section of text. The Update appears at the bottom of the page after the footnotes. Unlike current online legislation, the updates are not incorporated into the main text.

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