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ICLR Law Reports of English cases now removed from Westlaw in the United States on January 1, 2017.

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Removal of ICLR law reports from Westlaw in the United States.

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The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales (ICLR), the publisher of the official law reports for England and Wales, has removed its law reports of English cases from Westlaw in the United States.

The process of removing our content from Westlaw took effect on January 1 2017. We will now provide our case law service to you directly through our own online platform, ICLR Online.

This is a significant change and affects all users in the United States who accessed ICLR’s law reports through Westlaw. It is therefore of critical importance that you read over this guide to the removal of our content from Westlaw and get in touch with us as soon as possible if you think that you are affected by it.

What has changed?

For several years, we have licensed our content to Westlaw. On 1 January 2017 that license came to an end and ICLR law reports are no longer available on Westlaw in the US.  Our law reports are now available to you directly through our own online legal research database, ICLR Online.

To avoid suffering a gap in access to our content, it is important that you make contact with us as soon as possible so that we are able to arrange your access to ICLR Online.

What law reports are affected?

Your access to the following series of ICLR law reports will be affected by this announcement:

  • The Law Reports (1865 – present) – the official and authoritative series of law reports for England and Wales. The Law Reports is divided into four sub-division: Appeal Cases (AC), Chancery (Ch), Family (Fam) and Queen’s Bench (QB).
  • The Weekly Law Reports (1953 – present) – the most comprehensive general series of reports of English cases, known by the abbreviation WLR.

In addition to The Law Reports and The Weekly Law Reports, access to ICLR’s three specialist series of reports has also been removed from Westlaw as of January 1 2017. The specialist series are:

  • The Industrial Cases Reports (1972 – present) – ICLR’s employment and industrial relations law report series.
  • The Business Law Reports (2007 – present) – ICLR’s company and commercial law series.
  • The Public and Third Sector Law Reports (2009 – present) – ICLR’s public law series.

What will happen to the archive of ICLR content on Westlaw?

From January 1 2017, all ICLR content available on Westlaw in the United States will be removed.

Who will this affect?

This will affect all subscribers to Westlaw in the United States who had access to ICLR’s law reports as part of their subscription.

If you are unsure whether you had access to ICLR’s law reports under your subscription to Westlaw it is important that you contact us as soon as possible. You can reach us by telephone on +44 207 6471 or by email to

Alternatively, enter your details and we’ll respond within one business day.

Will ICLR’s law reports be available on Justis/JustisOne?

No. ICLR’s law reports are not available on Justis and JustisOne anywhere in the world.

How much does ICLR Online cost?

ICLR is a registered charity and operates on a non-profit basis. Our only concern is to make sure we are able to provide you with the most accurate, timely and authoritative account of English case law and to generate enough income to cover our operating costs.
Our subscription rates reflect this.

Subscriptions for personal use start from: GBP £275 (approx US $340 at current exchange rates) per annum.

Subscriptions for multi-users start from: GBP £1,165 (approx US $1,450 at current exchange rates) per annum.

If you are a university, college or academic institution, we offer access to all of our content with no cap on users for a fixed price of: GBP £1,530 (approx US $1,905 at current exchange rates) per annum.

Why has ICLR removing its content from Westlaw in the United States?

Since our founding in 1865, we have been committed to serving the legal professions across the common law world. We are the most authoritative and pre-eminent provider of English case law, both in terms of coverage and quality. To enable us to continue providing you with law reports of English cases that are of the highest possible quality, we need to prepare for the future.

Kevin Laws, ICLR’s Chief Executive Officer explains why we have taken this decision:

“Licensing the ICLR’s law reports to commercial publishers like Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis was a critical development as ICLR moved from print to online in the early 2000s. However, having just celebrated its 150th anniversary, ICLR needs to keep an eye on the future. Even in the digital age, the effective administration of justice in common law jurisdictions requires independent, accurate and authoritative law reporting. Moreover, it is critical that access to law reports of the most important cases be delivered to customers at moderate, transparent prices. For ICLR to continue to provide the high quality and timely law reports for which we are known, we must return to directly providing our work to the end user.”

“The removal of our law reports from Westlaw in the United States is a process that started with the launch of ICLR Online in 2011. It will enable us to position ourselves at the forefront of innovation in law reporting, whilst simultaneously ensuring that our valued publications are made available at prices that are consistent with our production costs on a non-profit basis.”

“We are keen to speak to our clients in the United States so that we are able to support their needs during this period of change. We have enjoyed strong, productive relationships with Thomson Reuters for many years and will be working with both organisations in the United States to ensure that all customers benefit from a straightforward and seamless transition to ICLR Online.”

What should you do now?

It is very important that we determine whether you are affected by this announcement.

The best thing to do now is get in touch with us on +44 207 242 6471 or by email at


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