Answered By: Kathryn Devine
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When the year is required in order to identify the law report volume, it is given in square brackets, as in this example from the full OSCOLA guide:

Page v Smith [1996] AC 155 (HL)

If the year is required to identify the volume, and there is more than one volume in the year, the volume number is given also:

Barrett v Enfield LBC [2001] 2 AC 550 (HL)

If the volumes of a law report series are independently numbered (in other words, the year of publication is not required to find the correct volume) the year of judgment (not publication) is given in round brackets, as below:

Barrett v Enfield LBC (1999) 49 BMLR 1 (HL)