Legal Resources

Legal Resources

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UK Legislation

UK legislation derives from a number of different sources.
Primary legislation in England and Wales is made by the UK Parliament, in Scotland by the Scottish Parliament, and in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Assembly. Laws may be amended through successive legislation or specific Amendment Acts. As a result, laws relating to specific subjects are often found in more than one piece of legislation.

  • Legislation.Gov.UK
    The official website of revised and enacted UK Legislation.
  • UK Parliament Website
    Official UK Parliament website featuring the latest news and information from The House of Commons and The House of Lords.
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
    The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) role is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities. Provides advice, guidance and information on inspections and regulations.
  • Employment Law
    Official website offering guidance on employment terms and conditions for example pay, the National Minimum Wage, holiday allowance, changes to employment contracts and flexible working.

 Court Services

Court Services provide essential administrative support to all courts, from The High Court to The County Court. Here you will find direct access to all of the UK Court Services, providing an abundance of information relating to court matters.

  • Court Services England & Wales
    Her Majesty’s Court Services (HMCS) provides administration and support for the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Crown Court, the magistrates’ courts, the county courts and the Probate Service.
  • Court Services Northern Ireland
    The Northern Ireland Court Service provides administrative support for the Northern Ireland courts, i.e. the Supreme Court, county courts, magistrates’ courts, coroners’ courts and certain tribunals.
  • Court Services Scotland
    The Scottish Courts website provides a single access point for information relating to civil and criminal courts within Scotland, including the Court of Session, the High Court of Justiciary, the Sheriff Courts, Justice of the Peace Courts, District Courts and a number of other courts, commissions and tribunals.
  • Royal Court of Jersey
    The Royal Court of Jersey (Judicial Greffe) provides administrative and secretarial support to ensure the effective operation of Jersey’s courts. This includes the Royal Court, which is Jersey’s High Court and is presided over by the Bailiff of Jersey, the Court of Appeal, the Magistrate’s Court, the Youth Court, and the Petty Debts Court.
  • CourtServe Legal Information Centre
    CourtServe are the UK’s leading supplier of automated digital listings of court cases and other information from the Royal Courts of Justice, Crown and Combined High Courts, and County Courts in England and Wales.

UK Government Departments

This section provides access to UK government websites, providing all the information you may need to know about public services.

  • A to Z of UK Central Government Departments
    Directgov is the website of the UK government for its citizens, providing information and online services for the public conveniently located all in one place. The aim of this site is to provide easy access to UK government departments, including Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Home Office, Highways Agency, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department of Health and National Health Service (NHS).
  • 10 Downing Street Central Government
    The official site of the Prime Minister’s Office.
    10 Downing Street offers the latest news from the Prime Minister, a history of previous Prime Ministers, a guide to the Cabinet and a virtual tour of 10 Downing Street. View the Number 10 YouTube channel to hear questions put to the Prime Minister on a variety of topics and issues.
  • The Scottish Government
    The devolved Government for Scotland is responsible for dealing with most of the day to day issues for the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs, and transport. The Government was previously known as the Scottish Executive.
  • Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru – The Welsh Assembly Government
    Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru yw llywodraeth ddatganoledig Cymru.
    The Welsh Assembly Government is the devolved Government for Wales
    The role of the Welsh Assembly Government is to exercise functions devolved to it in order to make decisions in relation to matters concerning Wales and its citizens including the proposal of new legislation and Welsh law.
  • The Northern Ireland Assembly
    The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved government of Northern Ireland. It is responsible for making and enacting laws on transferred matters in Northern Ireland. The Assembly sits at Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate, in Belfast.
  • Isle of Man Government
    The official website of the Isle of Man Government provides access to all government departments.
  • States of Jersey Official Government Website
    The States of Jersey website is the official government portal and provides access to other States of Jersey government departments.
  • States of Guernsey Official Government Website
    The States of Guernsey website is the official government portal and provides access to other States of Guernsey government departments.
  • Directgov
    Directgov is the official website for citizens, allowing you easy access to the information you need relating to public services,delivered by the UK Government.
  • The Office of Fair Trading
    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is responsible for making markets work well for consumers and protecting consumer interests throughout the UK.

UK Police Forces

Comprehensive list of UK Police Forces.

  • local police station websites
  • police station locations – find your nearest police station
  • police station phone numbers
  • non emergency numbers
  • general police information

Avon & Somerset Constabulary
Bedfordshire Police
British Transport Police
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Central Scotland Police
Cheshire Constabulary
City of London Police
Cleveland Constabulary
Cumbria Constabulary
Derbyshire Constabulary
Devon and Cornwall Police
Dorset Police
Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary
Durham Constabulary
Dyfed Powys Police
Essex Police
Fife Constabulary
Gloucestershire Constabulary
Grampian Police
Greater Manchester Police
Gwent Constabulary
Hampshire Constabulary
Hertfordshire Constabulary
Humberside Police
Interpol
Kent County Constabulary
Lancashire Constabulary
Leicestershire Constabulary
Lincolnshire Police
Lothian & Border Police
Merseyside Police
Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard)
Norfolk Constabulary
North Wales Police
North Yorkshire Police
Northamptonshire Police
Northern Constabulary
Northumbria Police
Nottinghamshire Police
Police Scotland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Nottinghamshire Police Authority
South Wales Constabulary
South Yorkshire Police
Staffordshire Police
Strathclyde Police
Suffolk Constabulary
Surrey Police
Sussex Police
Tayside Police
Thames Valley Police
The Civil Nuclear Constabulary
Warwickshire Constabulary
West Mercia Constabulary
West Midlands Police
West Yorkshire Police
Wiltshire Police

European Law

The Law of the European Union is a legal system which operates alongside the laws of Member States of the European Union (EU). EU law has direct effect within the legal systems of its Member States, and overrides national law in many areas.

  • European Law Monitor
    European Law Monitor provides a range of information and research services that help EU citizens, businesses and other organisations find out more about the European treaties, policies, laws, directives and regulations that affect them.
  • Direct Access to European Union Law
    EUR-Lex provides direct free access to European Union law. This service allows you to consult the Official Journal of the European Union as well as the treaties, legislation, case-law and legislative proposals.
  • Gateway to The European Union
    EUROPA provides up to date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration.Visitors can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion, access the websites of each of the EU institutions and find out about the policies administered by the European Union under the powers devolved to it by the Treaties.
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
    The Court of Justice of the European Union, together with the national courts, constitutes the European Union’s judiciary. The Court’s main task is to interpret Community law uniformly and to rule on its validity. It answers questions referred to it by the national courts, which play a vital role, as they apply Community law at local level.
  • European Parliament
    The European Parliament is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The 785 Members of the European Parliament are there to represent you, the citizen. They are elected once every five years by voters right across the 27 Member States of the European Union on behalf of its 492 million citizens.
  • Council of Europe
    The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg (France), now covers virtually the entire European continent, with its 47 member countries. Founded on 5 May 1949 by 10 countries, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.

International Law

International Law refers to the system of regulation of agreements that bring together nations in accordance with recognised values and standards. It differs from other legal systems in that it primarily concerns the countries of the world rather than private citizens.

  • United Nations International Law
    The United Nations (UN) is an international organisation whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights and achieving world peace.
  • International Court of Justice
    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial arm of the United Nations (UN).
    The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and countries, and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorised United Nations divisions and specialised agencies.

Law Societies

Law Societies regulate practising solicitors throughout the United Kingdom. This section provides access to The Law Society for each area of the UK.

  • The Law Society of Scotland
    The Law Society of Scotland is the governing body for Scottish solicitors.All practising solicitors in Scotland must be members of the Society and must hold a current Practising Certificate which is issued by the Society.
  • The Law Society of England & Wales
    The Law Society of England & Wales represents, and helps protect and promote solicitors accross England and Wales.
  • The Law Society of Northern Ireland
    The Law Society of Northern Ireland is an organisation that regulates the solicitors’ profession in Northern Ireland.
  • The Isle of Man Law Society
    The Isle of Man Law Society is the professional body for solicitors in the Isle of Man.
  • The Law Society of Jersey
    The Law Society of Jersey is the governing body of lawyers practising as Advocates and Solicitors of the Royal Court of Jersey, Channel Islands.

Legal Jobs and Recruitment

This section provides access to some of the UK’s leading law recruitment companies. With legal jobs ranging from lawyers to legal secretaries and other legal administrative support roles, the following companies will help you find a role to suit your individual requirements.

  • The Law Society Gazette
    The Law Society Gazette provides access to the latest legal jobs for solicitors, covering all areas of UK law.
  • Totally Legal
    Totally Legal is a comprehensive legal recruitment website specialising in legal jobs for professionals throughout the UK. Search for law job vacancies including jobs for solicitors, lawyers, legal secretaries, legal PA’s, paralegals, lawyers and other support roles.
  • Legal Prospects
    Legal Prospects is a specialist recruitment website providing you with the very latest legal opportunities within the legal industry. Legal Prospects offer vacancies nationwide in all areas of legal recruitment.
  • Legal Week Jobs
    The Legal Week Jobs Board is a useful resource for lawyers to find the latest jobs in private practice and industry. Search the latest jobs from top UK and global employers.
  • Simply Law Jobs
    Simply Law Jobs specialise in advertising legal jobs including vacancies for paralegals, solicitors and legal secretaries. All levels of the legal profession are covered throughout the UK with law jobs from leading legal recruitment companies, law firms and direct employers.
  • The Lawyer.com
    The Lawyer.com is a major website for the entire legal profession including a section for legal jobs and training courses.
  • BCL Legal – Legal Recruitment
    BCL Legal offers a comprehensive legal recruitment service for lawyers, law firms and businesses.
  • UK Jobs Network
    UK Jobs network is a website which is updated every day with the latest job vacancies from across the UK, including a large legal section.
  • Reed.co.uk
    Reed.co.uk is the UK’s biggest job site, and also includes a large legal section.

Legal Outfitters

Legal Outfitters provide legal dress to hire and to buy. Some specialists in legal wear are listed below:

  • Stanley Ley
    Stanley Ley specialise in legal robes and gowns, wigs for Barristers and Judges, legal wigs, Lawyers and Attorney’s legal wear, court tunic shirts, shirts and tunics, starched collars, soft collars, stiff collars, collar studs, collar stiffeners, Barrister bands, tie bands, wig stands, cuff links plus many more legal accessories.
  • Ede & Ravenscroft
    Ede and Ravenscroft has over 300 years’ experience of both specialist legal wear tailoring and wig making. Ede and Ravenscroft also provides a comprehensive after-care service carried out by our skilled staff, which extends from minor repairs to complete refurbishment.

Other Legal Resources

Other legal resources are listed below:

  • The Crown Prosecution Service
    The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.
  • Office of Public Sector Information
    The Office of Public Sector Information(OPSI) provides a range of services to the public, information industry, government and the wider public sector.
  • Law Commission
    The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed.
  • Ministry of Justice
    The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the courts, prisons, probation, criminal law and sentencing.
  • The UK Statute Law Database
    The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is the official edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online.
  • Criminal Justice System
    The Criminal Justice System website for England & Wales can offer advice and support for victims of crime, witnesses, if you or someone you know has been accused or convicted of a crime, what is involved in doing jury service, and all you need to know about how the Criminal Justice System works.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
    The Citizens Advice Bureau helps people resolve their legal, money and other issues by providing free information and advice.
  • The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
    The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government organisation that can pay (compensation) to people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the innocent victim of a violent crime. They offer a free service, processing applications and making awards that range from £1,000 to £500,000.
  • National Probation Service for England & Wales
    The National Probation Service (NPS) provides probation supervision, community service, and specialist support services, to both adult and young offenders. The aim of the NPS is to stop individuals from committing further offences.
  • ACAS
    ACAS is an organisation devoted to preventing and resolving employment disputes.
  • HM Prison Service
    Her Majesty’s Prison Service is the United Kingdom Executive Agency tasked with managing most of the prisons within England and Wales.
  • The Association of Motor Offence Lawyers Ltd(AMOL)
    The Association of Motor Offence Lawyers Limited (AMOL) is a voluntary organisation which includes a group of solicitors specialising in defending motor offence cases.
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates more than 100,000 solicitors in England and Wales.
    The purpose of the Authority is to protect the public by ensuring that solicitors meet high standards, and by acting when risks are identified.
  • The Bar Council
    The Bar Council is the professional body for barristers in England and Wales. It provides representation and services for the Bar, and Guidance on issues of professional practice.
  • Civil Legal Advice
    Civil Legal Advice (CLA) offer free, confidential and independent legal advice for residents of England and Wales as part of Legal Aid.
  • Business Link – Practical Advice for Business
    From 2016, Business Link is now part of the main .GOV website. You can access information, guidance and support for your business needs and your online dealings with government.
  • Money Advice Service
    The Money Advice Service can provide you with clear, unbiased money advice and information from interactive money planners to help you work out what’s right for you.
  • European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF)
    The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) was created by the euro area Member States following the decisions taken on 9 May 2010 within the framework of the Ecofin Council.
    The EFSF’s mandate is to safeguard financial stability in Europe by providing financial assistance to euro area Member States.
  • Acts of Parliament
    More than 200 UK public general Acts of Parliament
  • Apply to be a Magistrate
    A guide on how to become a Magistrate with application form downloads.
  • Bills before Parliament
    A list of current Bills before Parliament
  • Criminal Procedure Rules Committee
    The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee is responsible for modernising court procedure and practice, and makes the Criminal Procedure Rules.
  • Hansard
    Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. You will find Daily Debates from Hansard published on this website the next working day by 6am.
  • Home Office
    The Home Office controls immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and strives to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.
  • Judiciary Website
    Judiciary website packed full of information about the judiciary system in England and Wales.
  • Justice Committee
    The Justice Committee was appointed by the House of Commons to look at the expenditure, administration and policy of the Ministry of Justice and associated public bodies.
  • Office for Judicial Complaints
    The website for the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) provides information about the types of complaints that they deal with, how the complaints system works, the role of the OJC and what to do if you are considering making a complaint about the personal conduct of a judicial office holder.
  • Parliament Live TV
    Live and archived coverage of UK Parliament proceedings taking place in public including debates and committee meetings of both houses.
  • Statute Law Database
    The place to find laws and legislation for the whole of the UK – includes Acts of Parliament for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Court News UK
    News reports from London Courts and other courts around the UK – Day to day top news.
  • The Association of British Investigators
    The Association of British Investigators (ABI) was formed in 1913 and has been upholding professional standards ever since.
    Endorsed by The Law Society, ensure your investigator is an ABI member.