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Our content includes the renowned Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia. Used by the Scottish Government, the Scottish courts and the legal profession, you can be assured that you have the most authoritative information at your fingertips.

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The Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia provides a thorough coverage of Scots law and is a unique and invaluable resource for any Scots law library. It acts as a great starting point for any legal research as well as an authoritative statement of the law.

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Available as part of LexisLibrary and in print, The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia provides the only comprehensive narrative statement of the law of Scotland. It is authoritative and ranks among the select group of publications which are cited with approval before the courts. It is unrivalled as a starting point for ascertaining the law of Scotland on any subject. Containing over 160 titles, it covers the whole spectrum of Scots Law, from Administrative Law, through Criminal Law, Obligations and Property, to Wills and Succession. The Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia incorporates law derived from every source and, while concentrating on the specialities of Scots Law, covers law common to the whole of the United Kingdom.

The Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia is arranged alphabetically and each title is broken down into convenient and logical numbered sections in which the substantive law is summarised. Each statement of law is supported by citation of authority and includes hyperlinks and references to sources of further information, both primary and secondary, to ensure the user has detailed information.

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Scottish Law on LexisLibrary
The Scottish Law collection on LexisLibrary provides you with access to some of the best commentary titles and case reports devoted to Scottish law, including the renowned Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, all of which is exclusive to LexisNexis. View our Scottish Law brochure now.

Used by the Scottish Government, you can be assured that you have the most authoritative information at your fingertips.

Our expert team, based in Edinburgh, sources, researches and analyses the latest legal developments in Scotland. Thanks to their many years’ editorial experience, their expertise and familiarity in Scots Law and legal materials, you can be assured the information you receive is insightful, accurate and up-to-date. This combines with our intelligent search interface to give you the power to quickly and easily locate the point of law you need, when you need it.

Scottish Law Commentary menu
Access a collection of leading Scottish law texts from Bloomsbury Professional. This menu includes McDonald's Conveyancing Manual, Walker & Walker on the Law of Evidence, Drafting Wills in Scotland, Commercial Leases and Property Trusts and Succession. See the full menu in our Scottish Law brochure.

Scottish cases

Scottish Case Digests
Butterworths Scottish Case Digests include selected Scottish decisions of the House of Lords, Privy Council, Court of Session, High Court of Justiciary and Sheriff Courts allowing legal practitioners to ascertain quickly and easily the outcome of recent cases. Cases are digested and appear online weekly. Digests and catchwords are prepared by experienced legally-qualified editors. From 16 September 2006 the mode of citation for Butterworths Scottish Case Digests has changed from SC (D) to Scot (D).

Scottish Civil Law Reports
The Scottish Civil Law Reports is a law report series of cases from February 1986 to date. This series comprises opinions with headnotes and catchwords for important Scottish civil cases from the Privy Council, the House of Lords, the Court of Session and the Sheriff Courts. The service contains cross-references and hypertext links to other cases and legislation cited in the report.

Scottish Court Opinions
As each new digest is prepared, an opinion of a case is added to the archive. Online opinions are updated several times a week in tandem with digests. The full opinions of those Scottish decisions of the House of Lords, Privy Council, Court of Session, High Court of Justiciary and Sheriff Courts are included in Butterworths Scottish Case Digests.

Scottish Criminal Case Reports
The Scottish Criminal Case Reports is a law report series of cases from January 1981 to date and includes cases reported in the Scottish Criminal Case Reports Supplement (1950-80). This series comprises opinions with headnotes and catchwords for important Scottish criminal cases from the Privy Council, the High Court of Justiciary and the Sheriff Courts. The service contains cross-references and hypertext links to other cases and legislation cited in the report.


The Session Cases as published for the Scottish Council of Law Reporting, with full archive of all divisions from 1906. We are also in the process of extending the archive back to 1821. The Session Cases are "the most authoritative reports", and where a case has been reported in the Session Cases it should be cited from that source. The Session Cases cover decisions from the Court of Session, High Court of Justiciary, Sheriff Court and the House of Lords in London, among others.

Other tribunals and courts of special jurisdiction include: the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Land Valuation Court, Scottish Land Court, Land Tribunal for Scotland, and Court of Lord Lyon (heraldry disputes such as to the right to bear coats of arms).

Scottish Legislation
A subscription to Legislation as part of LexisLibrary will give access to all United Kingdom legislation and post-devolution (i.e. 1999) Scottish legislation. Some pre-devolution legislation applicable to Scotland is also available. As an example, a subscriber to Legislation and the Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia will have linking references from the Encyclopaedia directly to a referenced piece of legislation.

Our Scots law coverage in LexisPSL has expanded, with a particular focus on Property, Private Client, Litigation, Corporate Crime and Restructuring & Insolvency. This content is written by leading Scots law experts, so you can be assured that you are receiving the latest guidance from those in practice.

Lexis®PSL provides up-to-date practical guidance from specialist solicitors and barristers so you can work more efficiently and provide advice with confidence. All our advice comes with direct links to the underlying case law and authority in LexisLibrary, the UK’s most authoritative and comprehensive legal library.

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“At the end of the evaluation it was not a remotely difficult decision to make the switch. In terms of value and delivering the best solutions to our customers we absolutely had to change to LexisPSL.”
Donald Munro, Partner, Harper Macleod

This book includes the latest list of certified solicitors, published with the authority of the Law Society of Scotland. It is the most widely used source for anyone seeking information about legal services in Scotland. The easy to use layout with its clear tabs and alphabetic listings allows users to go straight to the information needed and saves valuable time. Buy now.

The Scottish Law Directory Fees Supplement 2017 consolidates all the revisions to fee rates up to May 2017.

Butterworths Scottish Family Law Service provides a single source of reference on all aspects of the law as it affects married and unmarried partners and their children. It concentrates on those matters of real and constant concern to the practitioner - the consequences of marriage breakdown, such as care of children, distribution of assets and associated problems with taxation, and social security. Its coverage of the law relating to children rivals that of specialist works, and includes substantial sections on, inter alia, adoption, children's hearings and child support.

Butterworths Scottish Family Law Service is updated four times a year, enabling subscribers to keep abreast of all developments in the law. One looseleaf volume, four service issues approx. per year. Subscribe today.

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