Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales

    The statute law of England and Wales from the earliest times to the present day.

    Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales provide you with an up-to-date version of the amended text of every Public General Act and Church of England Measure currently in force, and also of a number of private and local Acts.

    The following consolidated publications complete the Halsbury's Statutes set (subject to subscription): Consolidated Index, Is it in Force?, Statutes Citator, Destination Tables, Consolidated Table of Cases, Consolidated Table of Statutory Instruments

    Why Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales?

    • Save time in working out what primary legislation means and how to interpret it
    • Keep you abreast of all the developments with status snapshots and regular updates
    • Work more effectively, with side by side annotations and legislation, cross-references to relevant provisions and index

      Unique to LexisNexis
      Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales is only available from LexisNexis. It is available in print or as part of a LexisLibrary subscription.

      Fully annotated
      Each Act is fully annotated to provide precise information relating to Parliamentary debates, Amendments and repeals, Derivation notes in the case of consolidating legislation, Commencement, Cross-references to other provisions of the Act and to other relevant provisions in Halsbury's Statutes, Words and phrases judicially considered, Cases, Subordinate legislation and References to words specifically defined in the Act.

      Easy to use
      Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales is easy to use with statutes grouped under an alphabetical title scheme covering the main areas of legal practice similar to that in Butterworths' other Major Works.

      Regularly updated to reflect changes in law and practice
      Halsbury's Statutes, whether online or print, is updated regularly to take account of changes in law and practice so that you have the latest information at your fingertips.

      Complete range of materials
      No matter what your starting point, we have a Halsbury's Statutes service to help you get to the answer. For information on all our publications and services, see the Publications and Services tab.

      Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales – Online:

      • Halsbury’s Annotations:
      Get the point of legislation with the full text of UK Acts and Statutory Instruments, updated daily, including Annotations from Halsbury’s Statutes for every section of every Act in force with thousands of case notes and ‘words and phrases’ judicially considered back to the 1300s. We have side by side Annotations and legislation so that it’s easier for you to see what’s changed, so that you work more efficiently.

      Halsbury's Annotations:

      • Helps you navigate around the statute – cross-references take you to other relevant provisions, including statutory definitions
      • Helps you find other relevant legislation – cross-references take you to relevant provisions in other statutes and statutory instruments
      • Shows you how statutes have been interpreted by the courts – short summaries of judicial decisions on the meaning and effect of statutory provisions, including decisions made under relevant predecessor Acts, provide you with a quick way of discovering the meaning and effect of statutory provisions in key areas of the law
      • Takes you straight to the relevant case law – by integrating the statutory text with the case law interpreting it, the annotations remove the need to search for that case law
      • Is it in Force?

      Our quick and easy-to-use reference tool provides the information you need to establish the exact commencement dates of Acts of general application in England, Wales and Scotland and General Synod Measures passed since 1960, so that you get the information need straight away.

      Usefully listed alphabetically within each calendar year, it includes commencing orders, breakdown of cases where a statute is brought into force on different days and details of repealed Acts.

      New commencement orders are added Is it in Force? within 24 hours of us receiving them.

      • Halsbury’s Statutes Citator:

      Updated weekly, the Halsbury’s Statutes Citator is your easy-to-use guide to the current status of Acts of general application in England, Wales, and Scotland and General Synod Measures.

      This source provides the amendment status of all statutes covered in the main work since 1236. It provides limited additional information in relation to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Since all the information is consolidated, you have everything you need in one place.

      • UK Legislation Status Snapshots:

      This source combines the commencement information available in Is It In Force? and the amendments and repeals from the Citator to provide a table for each Act detailing its complete status. Some consolidation Acts also include tables of destinations or origins.

      Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales – Print:

      • Volumes

      Each volume contains one or more titles, with each title covering a subject area. A title will contain annotated texts of the Public General Acts of Parliament of England and Wales as they stood at the time the Volume was published. The titles are organised alphabetically and the Acts within each title are chronological.

      The year of publication is indicated on the spine and the date of publication is stated in preliminary pages of each volume. Volumes are reissued on average every couple of years, but titles that have not changed much since the previous reissue may be published less frequently.

      • Looseleaf Current Statutes Service

      Comprised of six binders, the Current Statutes Service contains statutes that have been passed since each reissued volume was published. The binders are arranged in accordance with the title scheme used for the volumes, meaning new legislation is easy to find. To keep you abreast of all the developments, updating issues are published four times a year: February, June, September and December.

      • Cumulative Supplement

      The hard-bound Cumulative Supplement is an annual publication, published in April. It neatly summarises and notes the effects of new Acts, statutory instruments and case law on existing legislation printed in both the Statutes Volumes and the Current Statutes Service. Released year after year, it is your essential accompaniment to the wider Halsbury’s service.

      • Looseleaf Noter Up

      The Noter Up updates the information in the Cumulative Supplement throughout the year and contains the same kind of information in the same format.

      A key updating function, a new Noter Up is published in each issue of the Current Statutes Service. When a new Cumulative Supplement is published, the information from the preceding year's Noter Up is consolidated therein.

      Ancillary works

      • Consolidated Index (containing Tables of Statutes)

      Published annually, this comprehensive index is comprised of material published in the reissued volumes and the Current Statutes Service. Each volume also has its own index, meaning volumes published after the Consolidated Index are fully indexed with correct page references. Alphabetical and chronological tables of all statutes make this an indispensable guide to finding particular Acts in the work.

      This indexes, and also includes an alphabetical list and chronological list of, the Acts published in the main work.

      • Is it in Force?

      This bi-annual publication provides everything you need to establish the exact commencement dates of Acts of general application in England, Wales, and Scotland and General Synod Measures passed since 1 January 1960.

      Usefully listed alphabetically within each calendar year, it includes commencing orders, breakdown of cases where a statute is brought into force on different days and details of repealed Acts.

      • Statutes Citator

      The Statutes Citator is your easy-to-use guide to the current status of Acts of general application in England, Wales, and Scotland and General Synod Measures. Presented bi-annually, it ensures you are entirely up-to-date by listing all amendments or repeals to over 7,600 Statutes from 1236 to the present day. Since all the information is consolidated, you have everything you need in one place.

      • Destination Tables

      The Destination Tables provide the crucial link between old and new law where a statute is repealed and consolidated in a new statute.

      Destination information is not easily accessible elsewhere, and does not exist in a consolidated form in any other print product, making this essential. It includes every consolidation/re-write passed since 1983, important consolidations passed before that date and information from the HMSO destination tables.

      • Consolidated Table of Cases

      Published annually, it provides a list of every case recorded in the volumes of Halsbury's Statutes and details the statute law to which it relates.

      Cases are listed by case name and by affected enactment title, providing two avenues of research and enabling you to locate the information you need, when you need it.

      • Consolidated Table of Statutory Instruments

      Published annually, the table of statutory instruments is a quick and easy-to-use reference guide to the secondary legislation in force at the present time.

      It lists instruments by enabling Act or by instrument title and every instrument amendments, so you know when an original text is out of date. Plus it provides useful cross references to the location of each instrument in Halsbury's Statutory Instruments, making research simple and speedy.

      How do I use Halsbury’s Statutes?
      The following guides are printed in Binder A of the Current Statutes Service. Note that some of the examples cited in the guides contain page references which have since been superseded.

      How do I know if I have a complete and up-to-date set?
      To check the validity of your set you can refer to the checklists below. Alternatively, you can call your personal account manager or contact the Enquiry Bureau at hsieb@lexisnexis.co.uk.

      The following consolidated publications complete the Halsbury's Statutes set and are charged separately on publication:

      • Is it in Force? - a guide to the commencement of statutes since 1960 - published twice a year
      • Consolidated Index including alphabetical and chronological tables of statutes
      • Halsbury's Statutes Citator, a one-volume guide to the current status of statutes in England and Wales - published twice a year
      • Consolidated Table of Cases, a guide to all case references printed in Halsbury's Statutes current volumes, Cumulative Supplement and Noter-up
      • Consolidated Table of Statutory Instruments, a guide to subordinate legislation made, or having effect, under any provision of an Act printed in Halsbury's Statutes
      • A volume of Destination Tables relating to consolidating Acts is published periodically

      Halsbury's Statutes volumes and ancillary products checklists:

      Halsbury's Statutes looseleaf service:

      Is Halsbury's Statutes available online?
      The annotations from the reissued volumes are available online as part of the LexisLibrary legislation menu. Details of new secondary legislation and cases are added weekly. You can view these when using a particular section or Schedule on LexisLibrary by clicking on the "Annotations" link at the top right of the screen.

      Does the work cover Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland?
      Halsbury’s Statutes has comprehensive coverage of the statute law in England and Wales. Its coverage of the statute law of Scotland and Northern Ireland is generally limited to matters concerning the constitution, and can be found in the titles Northern Ireland and Constitutional Law. Acts of the Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly are excluded from the work, although the former are included in Is it in Force? and theStatutes Citator.

      How are Is it in force? and the Statutes Citator to be used together?
      If you need to know the date a particular provision of an Act came into force, use Is it in Force?.

      If you need to know whether a particular provision has been amended or repealed, use the Statutes Citator.

      Combined, these services establish the current status of Acts and Measures of general application in England, Wales and Scotland and Acts of the Scottish Parliament passed since 1960. This information is available combined on LexisLibrary as the Status Snapshots source.

      How is the work different to Halsbury's Laws 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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