The following Public Law guidance note Produced in partnership with Alison Gorlov of Winckworth Sherwood provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
In last 10 years annual number of statutory instruments passed grew from 71 to 3,286 statutory instruments, demonstrating the increasing codification of UK law and the inexorable move towards secondary legislation.
The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel’s Drafting Guidance is an invaluable reference tool, particularly for primary legislation. As well as providing practical guidance through the drafting and the legislative process, it explains the thinking behind modern drafting techniques. This guidance covers:
the general drafting principle of clarity
specific language related points such as gender neutrality
commonly used drafting techniques
drafting repeals, amendments and modifications of existing enactments
expressing time periods
statutory corporations and bodies corporate
final provisions of a Bill
For more information on how to engage Parliamentary Counsel see Working with Parliamentary Counsel.
Lawyers drafting SIs should equip themselves with Statutory Instrument Practice produced by Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI). Designed for civil servants and others concerned with the preparation and making of statutory instruments (SIs), it is a detailed guide to SI preparation and procedure and includes templates and drafting examples. The National Assembly for Wales publishes a largely procedural manual and for Scottish statutory instruments there is a separate Practice Manual prepared by the Scottish Government.
The statutory rule book for legislation is the Interpretation Act 1978 (IA 1978), in particular the main principles
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