Answered By: Claire Mazer Last Updated: 17 Mar, 2015 Views: 3144
The “n” convention
N stands for note and replaces the use of op cit (Latin for as above). It is used in subsequent citations to refer to a previously cited footnote, but where other publications have been referred to in footnotes in between. To cite something from the same source immediately following the previous footnote use ibid.
1 Robert Stevens, Torts and Rights (OUP 2007).
26 Stevens (n 1) 110.
27 ibid 271–78.
Essentially, the information in n26 (or footnote #26) means the writer doesn’t have to repeat all the bibliographic information about Stevens’ book again, but rather refers the reader to n1 (footnote #1) for all the bibliographic information, but “pinpoints” page 110 indicating to the reader that information was taken from that page. Footnotes 2-25 incl will refer to different cases, journals etc. n27 tells us that pages 271-278 are being referred to of Stevens book.
There is a section in the OSCOLA guide about this which you can read at s.1.2.