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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no...
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Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado 9th Nov
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Essential to Parliament’s legislative supremacy is the principle that Parliament is not bound by its predecessors, and cannot bind its successors. It...
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Produced in partnership with Carl Gardner 9th Nov
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In briefA great deal of the business of Parliament is carried out by committees of MPs or peers working on a specific subject or task. Public bill...
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9th Nov
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The purpose of this Practice Note is to provide a general understanding of the offences under section 1, 2 and 6 of the Bribery Act 2010 (BA 2010). It...
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Produced in partnership with Joanne Kane of Carmelite Chambers 9th Nov
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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no...
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Produced in partnership with Carl Gardner 9th Nov
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When is a contract a void contract?A void contract is one that is wholly lacking in legal effect. A contract will be void where:•the parties contract...
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9th Nov
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The rights preserved under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as set out in the Human Rights Act 1998 Sch 1, can be broadly divided into...
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Produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers 9th Nov
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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no...
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Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado 9th Nov
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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no...
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Produced in partnership with Adam Cygan of University of Leicester 9th Nov
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When a public body receives a claim form for judicial review, the first step is to consider whether the claim has been brought in time. For further...
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Produced in partnership with Morayo Fagborun Bennett of Hardwicke Chambers 9th Nov
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General rule on costs in judicial reviewThe general rule in relation to costs in judicial review, as in other proceedings, is that costs follow the...
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Produced in partnership with Morayo Fagborun Bennett of Hardwicke Chambers 9th Nov
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This Practice Note provides an overview of contract expiry and of the different causes of termination and ways to discharge a contract, including...
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9th Nov
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Background to judicial review in ScotlandJudicial review represents the means by which the courts control the exercise of governmental power. Judicial...
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Produced in partnership with Carolyn Morgan of Harper Macleod LLP 9th Nov
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This Practice Note provides an introduction to retained EU law, which is an entirely new legal concept introduced to UK domestic law in preparation...
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9th Nov
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It is not possible to successfully argue that an Act of Parliament is invalid because of flaws, or even fraud, in the legislative process.Early...
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Produced in partnership with Carl Gardner 9th Nov
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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no...
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Produced in partnership with Laura Bolado 9th Nov

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The law relating to terrorism in the UK is spread across both common law and statute and includes both a wide range of criminal offences and civil...
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Produced in partnership with Imogen Proud of Monckton Chambers and Eric Metcalfe of Monckton Chambers 18th Nov
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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no...
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Produced in partnership with Adam Cygan of University of Leicester 4th Nov
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Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no...
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Produced in partnership with Adam Cygan of University of Leicester 4th Nov
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General principles―Parliamentary supremacy and implied repealThe doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty requires that Parliament is not bound by its...
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29th Sep
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This Q&A considers the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (WL(W)M 2011). In particular, it considers the question of to whom the Welsh language...
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Produced in partnership with David Gardner of No 5 Chambers 29th Sep
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What does it mean to repeal legislation?To repeal a piece of legislation revokes or rescinds it wholly or in part. The word ‘repeal’ is used for...
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29th Sep
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What is prorogation of Parliament?Prorogation is an act which marks the end of a parliamentary session without the dissolution of Parliament. It...
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29th Sep
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This Q&A briefly outlines the key Brexit-related legislation announced by the UK government, highlighting legislation passed, progressing and pending...
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29th Sep
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The office of the Prime Minister has developed by convention, and unlike the devolution settlements for instance, has no single, formal legal source....
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Produced in partnership with Philip Rule of No 5 Chambers 29th Sep
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What is prorogation of Parliament?Prorogation is an act which marks the end of a parliamentary session without the dissolution of Parliament. It...
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29th Sep
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Online historical versions for over 2,400 enactments can be accessed on LexisLibrary. These are predominantly acts and a small number of statutory...
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29th Sep
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Purposive (teleological) constructionThe purposive approach has its roots in legal systems based on civil codes. It is a method of statutory...
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28th Sep
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Legal status of executive agenciesAs noted in our Practice Note Status of non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies and non-ministerial...
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28th Sep
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This Practice Note provides an introduction to the Welsh Parliament (Senedd Cymru), commonly known as the Senedd. It considers how its members are...
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27th Sep
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Source of the doctrine of the separation of powersThe origins of the doctrine are often traced to John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government (1689),...
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27th Sep
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Devolution is the process of pushing down decision-making to lower levels within the nation-state. Domestically, it refers to the process of giving...
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26th Sep
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This Practice Note is concerned only with the structure of UK legislation passed by, or processed through, the UK’s four legislatures. This falls into...
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26th Sep
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What is a civil servant?A civil servant is any permanent, non-political employee of central government, servants of the Crown, apart from members of...
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26th Sep
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There is a devolved legislature (and executive branch) in three of the component parts of the UK. However, the way in which powers are devolved to...
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26th Sep
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Types of BillMost Bills are Public Bills, aimed at a change the law as it applies to everyone. Most Public Bills are government Bills, introduced by...
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26th Sep

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