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Rely on the most up-to-date and organized collections of caselaw, legislation, commentary, and journals regularly vetted by a team of expert legal-editors. 

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Increase your team’s efficiency and save up to 30 minutes per day by using Westlaw’s Google-like plain natural language search. Simply type in keywords to see relevant cases, legislation, and commentary in one platform.

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Extensive Case Law collection classified by expert legal editors

Empower your legal team to become strategic advisors by confidently navigating Australian law. The KeyNumber System identifies point of law in cases and organises them by topic and key number so you can quickly find cases related to your particular issue.

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Set your team up for success with integrated access to over 10,000 checklists, tool-kits, precedents with drafting notes and more. Trust you have the most up-to-date resources with Practical Law's dedicated team of 650 lawyers worldwide spend 100% of their time ensuring resources is updated within 48 hours of any changes made.

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Australian Legislation 

Current Australian federal & state legislation with up-to-date consolidation, including all regulations with deep linking via search and KeyCite™ suggestions.

Unreported Judgments

This easy-to-use service gives you fast, efficient access to the latest unreported judgments from around Australia, including the High Court, Federal Court, State Supreme Courts and other selected jurisdictions.

Authorised Law Reports

Authorised by the High Court, every judgment & headnote in the Commonwealth Law Reports is vetted by High Court judges before inclusion since 1903.

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The Laws of Australia

A complete library of legal principles covering over 330 topics and every Australian jurisdiction. With unmatched breadth and depth and an easy-to-read style, it will quickly acquaint you with unfamiliar areas of law.

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Lawyers Practice Manuals

Complete narrative guides to the practice and procedure of state law in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and WA. These compendiums of law assist in achieving better and faster outcomes for practitioners dealing with a variety of legal issues.

Alert 24: General Practice

Alert24 contains curated information that is expertly selected and links to news, policy materials, full text cases, legislation and bill tracking.

Australian Law Journal

First published in 1927, The Australian Law Journal (ALJ) continues from strength to strength as one of Australia’s most respected and widely cited legal journals, and is a must have for all legal professionals.

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Australian Legal Journals Index

The Australian Legal Journals Index (ALJI) contains more than 100,000 abstracts from over 400 journals. Perform comprehensive topic-based research of journal articles. Browse through journal abstracts, cases referred to, legislative references, key citing information or by jurisdiction.

Practice areas

Practice Areas enable you to be the expert your client needs. Access all content from each topic, for one affordable price. Select from 22 practice areas containing a comprehensive selection of content.

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Forms and Precedents

This bundle provides you with access to the Australian Commercial Precedents, NSW Precedents and the all new Victorian Precedents covering common areas of legal practice including family law, conveyancing, wills and estates and ASIC-related transactions. Australian Commercial Precedents contains essential precedents for practitioners providing practical assistance across commercial topics.

NewsRoom with Reuters

Whether you're researching companies, governments, politics, international or domestic markets, or economics, NewsRoom with Reuters provides the content and tools you need. It combines thousands of key newspapers, newswires and business-to-business publications, all presented within Westlaw.

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