Oxford University developed OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities) in 2000 for use within Oxford University. OSCOLA is now the industry standard for referencing legal materials. It is used by many UK and International law schools as well as by many legal journals and publishers. It is the style approved for use by the College of Law at Swansea University. OSCOLA is designed to encourage consistency and to help the reader find the necessary information easily and quickly.
OSCOLA does not claim to be comprehensive, but gives rules and examples for the main UK legal primary sources and for many types of secondary sources. As far as possible, the guidelines in OSCOLA are based on common practice in UK legal citation but with a minimum of punctuation.
The OSCOLA style is a footnote referencing system. This means it consists of three elements.
Whenever you paraphrase or quote a source or use the ideas of another person, you need to provide a reference in a footnote. Your footnotes should be numbered continuously through your document, starting at 1.
You don't always need a footnote for legislation if you have provided sufficient information about the legislation within the text.