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- Halsbury’s Laws of England:
You can find every title of Halsbury’s Laws. You can search across the whole work with ease, or use the links to navigate the content effortlessly.
You can find relevant update notes at each paragraph, so there’s no need to look elsewhere to ensure you’re up-to-date. The latest updates are uploaded every week.
- Halsbury’s Laws Index:
The consolidated index is fully searchable and lists all index entries for every title.
- Halsbury’s Laws Annual Abridgment:
You can find the full text of every Annual Abridgment published between 2003 and present.
Each Annual Abridgment constitutes, year by year, a comprehensive survey of English case law, statute law and subordinate legislation.
Halsbury's Laws – Print:
Titles of Halsbury’s Laws are organised alphabetically, starting from Agency and ending with Welfare Benefits and State Pensions. Each title draws on authorities including Acts of the United Kingdom, Measures of the Welsh Assembly, UK case law and European Law.
Titles are written by or in consultation with experts in the relevant field. After publication, volumes are supported by updates in the Cumulative Supplement and Current Service Noter-up.
- Cumulative Supplement:
The Cumulative Supplement gives details of all changes between the operative date of the text volume and the operative date of the Supplement. Arranged in the same title and paragraph order as the volumes, it notes new points of law to the relevant paragraph(s) of the volumes.
- Current Service Noter-up:
Issued monthly, the Noter-up details changes since the publication of the annual Cumulative Supplement. Arranged in the same title and paragraph order as the volumes, it makes it an easy-to-use companion to the Cumulative Supplement.
- Current Service Monthly Review:
The Monthly Review provides concise summaries of the latest significant legal developments, cases and legislation, categorised by reference to the Halsbury volume title scheme.
It is a vital reference tool for the most current law and legislation. As a further research aid, the monthly collection is collated and expanded each year to produce the Annual Abridgment.
- Annual Abridgment:
Each Annual Abridgment constitutes, year by year, a comprehensive survey of English case law, statute law and subordinate legislation. The Abridgment also includes some European Union and Commonwealth case law.
The Abridgment matches the title scheme of the volumes and the comprehensive tables and index make the work an ideal aid to research.
- Consolidated Index:
Published annually, the consolidated index lists all index entries for current Halsbury's Laws of England volumes.
Each main volume also has its own index, which means volumes published later in the year (i.e. after publication of the Consolidated Index) should be used in preference to the superseded entries in the Consolidated Index.
- Consolidated Tables of Statutes:
Published annually and arranged alphabetically, the consolidated tables of statutes lists all statutes of the United Kingdom Parliament, Measures of the Welsh Assembly and Church of England Measures that are used as authority in Halsbury’s Laws, and where to find them in the work.
Statutes of countries other than the UK are listed in alphabetical order of country in the Consolidated Table of Foreign Enactments.
Each main volume also has its own table of statutes, which means volumes published later in the year (i.e. after publication of the consolidated tables of statutes) supersede relevant entries in the consolidated tables of statutes.
- Consolidated Tables of Statutory Instruments, etc.:
Published annually, the Consolidated Tables of Sis, etc. cover statutory orders, rules and regulations used as authority in the main work, and also includes:
Each main volume also has its own tables, which means volumes published later in the year (i.e. after publication of the Consolidated Tables of SIs etc.) supersede relevant entries in the consolidated tables.
- Table of Civil Procedure Rules and two tables of Practice Directions relating to civil procedure
- Table of Pre-action Protocols, etc
- Table of Criminal Procedure Rules and the Table of Practice Directions relating to Criminal Procedure
- Tables of European Material, containing European Union Treaties, EU and Euratom Decisions and Directives, ECSC Recommendations, EU and Euratom
- Regulations and ECSC Decisions and other European material used as authority in the work. Other Treaties, Conventions etc are tabled separately;
- Tables of Non-Statutory Rules and Regulations, Codes of Practice, Reports, and Decisions of the Charity Commissioners.
- Consolidated Tables of Cases:
Published annually and arranged alphabetically, the consolidated tables of cases lists cases used as authority across all volumes of Halsbury's Laws, and where to find them in the work.
Each main volume also has its own table of cases, which means volumes published later in the year (i.e. after publication of the Consolidated Tables of Cases) supersede relevant entries in the Consolidated Tables of Cases.
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Does the work cover Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland?
Since its inception Halsbury's Laws of England has only covered England and Wales. However, it does contain some coverage of the constitution and establishment of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but the substantive law in those jurisdictions is not in scope of the work.
How is the work different to Halsbury's Statutes and Halsbury's Statutory Instruments?
Halsbury's Laws of England provides a complete narrative statement in an alphabetical title scheme of English Law from all its sources.
Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales comprises alphabetised primary legislation of England and Wales (i.e. the Acts of Parliament, Welsh Assembly Measures and Measures of the Church of England). Helpfully, each Act is cross-referenced with relevant cases and subordinate legislation.
HSI is also presented alphabetically, but in contrast to the other works, it prints statutory instruments (i.e. secondary (or subordinate) legislation such as rules, regulations and orders) by either printing them in full with annotations, or providing a summary.
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