Legal Acts Database

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Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992

The Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992 is a law that enables persons to have access to neighbouring land in order to carry out work

Accessories and Abettors Act 1861

All parties to a crime are accomplices, and the Accessories and Abettors Act 1861 was passed by Parliament to consolidate…


The Bill was fast-tracked through Parliament owing to concerns about national security. It took only 16 hours for MPs to debate the Bill before…

Article 101 TFEU – Competition

Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) prohibits any agreements or cartels between Member States…

Article 110 TFEU

This essay shall explore several aspects of Article 110 of the Treaty of Functioning of the European Union (EU)

Article 18 TFEU

Article 18 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) was introduced to prohibit ‘any discrimination…

Article 267 & 45 TFEU

Due to the large number of Member States within the EU, there naturally exists a wide variety of domestic laws within the Union…

Article 30 TFEU

Article 30 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union was introduced as part of the provisions relating to the free movement of goods.


In 2002 the UK Labour government published a White Paper entitled ‘Secure Borders, Safe Haven: Integration with Diversity…


As a result of the English Civil War the English Parliament’s powers gradually increased. A constitutional crisis arose during the reign


In 1984 the Department of Health published a review which found that the current law relating to children was unsatisfactory, mainly because…

Civil Procedure Rules

The Civil Procedure Rules were used by all courts after 1999 and replaced the Supreme Court Rules and County Court Rules.

Companies Act 2006

The Companies Act (CA) 2006 was introduced as part of the long awaited reform of company law. It significantly replaced the Companies Acts of 1985…

Constitutional Reform Act 2005

The Constitutional Reform Act of 2005 [‘the Act’] prescribed numerous changes in the judiciary of the United Kingdom [UK] as…

Consumer Rights Act 2015

The state of the law on consumer rights prior to the implementation of the CRA 2015 has been described as unnecessarily complex and fragmented, having been developed in a piecemeal fashion over the years through the introduction of primary and secondary legislation

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act

In the decades following the Second World War, globalisation and new technology caused a boom in industries such as the film, publishing, and the music industries, and businesses had a greater reach than ever before. With this surge in activity came an increased need for trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property rights, and a demand for a unified approach across all nations.

Coroners and Justice Act 2009

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (‘the Act’) changes the law on coroners and criminal justice in England and Wales. The Act is divided into nine parts…

Criminal Damage Act 1971

The Criminal Damage Act 1971 is the leading piece of legislation, concerning offences involving damage to property.

Criminal Justice Act 1988

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 was introduced during the third term of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government, as part of a wider part…

The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015

It was thought by parliament and the general public that sentences were not severe enough for criminals. The media had capitalised…

Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

The changes to the law that can be seen by the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 which were based on recommendations contained



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