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Practical Law Company (PLC)

Practical Law Company (PLC) is an online legal know how database. It provides peer reviewed resources, such as practice notes, current awareness and standard documents.

Accessing CUHK’s Practical Law Company (PLC):

Search “Practical Law” in CUHK LibrarySearch or Browse PLC (Practical Law) from the A-Z Databases - Law page.

CUHK’s staff and students with WIFI connection will be required to enter EasyAccess login before using PLC.


  1. You are automatically “Signed in” if you use CUHK network or EasyAccess (no additional login is required).
  2. Choose a jurisdiction either U.K., U.S., China, Australia, Canada or Global by clicking the down arrow.
  3. Limit your search to one practice area from the drop down menu or search in “All Content”.
  4. Type in your search term in the search box.
  5. Combine your search terms using connectors. “AND” is automatically added if you enter more than one term.
  6. Browse a list of practice areas, resource types, and cross-broader topics/jurisdictions by clicking the relevant tab on the Home page.


7. Use “Select Multiple Filter” to narrow down your results by checking off resource type, practice area and/or jurisdiction. Click the + sign to display more sub-categories.

8. To sort your results by “Relevance” or “Date”

9. Decide how much detail to display in your result records. “Less detail” displays basic information on the resource type, jurisdiction and status; “More detail” displays a brief abstract of resources within your results with highlighting in your search terms; and “Most detail” displays up to four snippets of the resources with highlighting in your search terms.


10. Jump to a particular section within the resource by clicking a heading.

11. View the title and author of the resource.

12 View the outline of the resource.

13. Check off the box to see the highlighted term(s).

14. “Maintained” means the resource is updated regularly.

15. Click “View Resource History” link to find a record of past updates of the resource.

16. “Related Content” takes you to a list of related resources and topics located at the bottom page.

17. You can email, print and/or download (WORD, RTF or WORD) the resource.