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Legal research guide: Torts: Cases

Locate resources, including case law, legislation, journal articles and commentary relevant to the study of the law of tort.

Australian Torts Cases

The Australian Torts Reports is a subject law report series that brings important cases on tort law together. You will find these cases online in Tort & Personal Injury Law and commentary about the case is provided by CCH editors.

This is useful but remember to view the case using a case citator KeyCite in Westlaw AU or CaseBase in Lexis advance, to find out:

  • if and where the case has been reported 

  • the authorised reported version - top tip: this is the version you need to cite in an essay!

  • any other parallel citations of reported versions - i.e., unauthorised reports

  • if the case has been judicially considered

  • if there are any journal articles that discuss the case

Activity: Can you find The 'Snail in the bottle' case?

Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562 is often referred to as the "Paisley snail" or the "snail in the bottle" case, and is one of the most famous decisions in British legal history. Can you find it?


  1.  Use either ICLR Online to find the full text of this UK case. 

  2.  Use Westlaw UK to look for a case analysis and to also locate journal articles that discuss the case, litigation history and judicial consideration. 

  3. Finish up by watching Tongue In Cheek Productions funny take on the Police's Message In A Bottle, involving a wacky snail and a bottle of ginger beer!


International Torts Cases

To find UK, US and Canadian cases use Thomson Reuters Westlaw.

For more information on searching for cases in Thomson Reuters Westlaw and Lexis Advance go to the UWA Case Law Guide .


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