As a result of a new feature launched yesterday on Westlaw UK, users can now find statutory definitions.
On the basic Legislation search page a new 'Statutory Definition' box has been added. Entering a term here (I tried public house!) will retrieve all Acts and SIs where this phrase has been defined.
On the right-hand side of the results screen select 'Show terms in context' to help you decide which Act or SI to investigate further.
Running a Statutory Definition search within Advanced Search gives you the added option of locating definitions within Historic Law that have been superseded.
In addition, it is possible to browse across all definitions within an Act (e.g. Human Rights Act 1998). Go to the Act and select the Overview Document and then Definitions. If any of the definitions have been judicially considered then a link to the relevant case will be given.