Oxford University Press - Online Resource Centres

Marson & Ferris: Business Law Concentrate 3e

Web links

The English Legal System and EU Law

http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/europe
(Excellent site of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills that contains information for businesses, consultation documents, and EU laws (and details of their transposition into the UK) which have a direct impact on business.)

http://www.business-humanrights.org
(A website focusing on the interaction between business and human rights. It has a global, rather than simply a UK perspective.)

http://www.cedr.co.uk
(The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, a not-for-profit organization that manages and facilitates dispute resolution services.)

http://www.civiljusticecouncil.gov.uk
(The website of the Civil Justice Council–an advisory public body with the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating the modernization of the civil justice system.)

http://www.coe.int
(The website of the Council of Europe with links to the European Convention on Human Rights and other treaties.)

http://www.curia.europa.eu
(The website of the Court of Justice of the European Union containing case law and details of the work of the courts, with the timetables of when cases are being decided.)

http://www.dca.gov.uk
(The website of the Department for Constitutional Affairs.)

http://www.dca.gov.uk/civil/adr/index.htm
(Information regarding the use and application of ADR.)

http://www.echr.coe.int/echr
(The website for information on the European Court of Human Rights.)

http://www.employmentappeals.gov.uk
(Details the cases heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the grounds on which appeals may be made, and various publications and reports.)

http://employmenttribunals.gov.uk
(Details the Employment Tribunal Service that provides information, assistance, and on-line claims forms for employment actions.)

http://www.europa.eu
(The website of the EU with information regarding laws, institutions, and history (among many other features.))

http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/cms/judgments.htm
(The judgments of the Court of Appeal.)

http://www.judiciary.gov.uk
(The official website of the judiciary of England and Wales. It contains statistics, details of the roles of different judges, and various speeches given by higher members of the judiciary.)

http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/public/help/leaflets.asp
(Information from the Community Legal Service on topics such as ADR, human rights and so on.)

http://www.number-10.gov.uk
(The website for the office of the Prime Minister.)

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/about_legislation.htm
(Legislation of the UK from 1988 to the present day.)

http://www.parliament.uk
(Details of the role of Parliament, its members, standards and business, how laws are made, the role and powers of committees, and the workings of the Commons and the Lords.)

http://www.privy-council.org.uk/output/page1.asp
(The website of the Privy Council – it contains information of both the judicial and legislative branches of the Council.)

http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk
(This is the official list of statutes in force. The site is particularly valuable as it clearly indicates where the legislation is no longer in force or has been superseded through amendments or a more recent piece of legislation, and it shows where forthcoming changes (not yet in force) will affect the law being searched.)

http://www.statewatch.org/euconstitution
(The website contains academic articles assessing the implications of, among others, the reform treaty, and provides a comparison with the EU constitution.)

http://www.supremecourt.gov.uk/news/judgments.html
(The judgments from the Supreme Court from July 2009.)

Contract Law

http://www.oft.gov.uk
(The Office of Fair Trading, detailing its remit, powers, and general advice.)

Employment Law

http://www.acas.org.uk
(The website of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, which offers practical guidance and assistance on all forms of employment matters.)

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/life/employment/dismissal.htm
(The Citizens Advice Bureau website provides information on rights at work, making claims, and so on.)

http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/by/themes/employment%20matters
 (The Government’s website detailing up-dates and policy discussions relating to employment matters.)

www.businesslink.gov.uk
(Information, forms, and ideas for businesses to comply with the law, expand their business, develop networks with others in the locality and so on.)

http://www.cbi.org.uk
(The website of the Confederation of British Industry–the UK’s largest independent employers’ representative.)

http://www.danielbarnett.co.uk
(This resource includes commentary on legislative reforms, and case law materials, often from the lawyers involved in the case. The service is free and is an excellent source of information.)

http://www.direct.gov.uk/employees
(A government website specifically designed to provide employees with a comprehensive overview of their rights and responsibilities at work.)

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/RedundancyAndLeavingYourJob/DG_10026692
(Information from Direct Gov, an organization established to provide information and guidance from various government agencies and departments. It offers practical advice on, amongst other things, employment and termination matters.)

www.drc-gb.org
(The Disability Rights Commission website provides very valuable information regarding compliance with the law, examples of techniques employers may adopt to lessen any adverse impact on employees with disabilities and so on.)

http://www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_act_2010.aspx
(Government Equalities Office - excellent source of easily accessible materials and explanations of the legislation.)

http://www.insolvency.gov.uk/index.htm
(The website of the Insolvency Service, providing guidance and the relevant forms for affected workers to facilitate any claims.)

www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk
(Excellent governmental source of information on all aspects of equality, both domestic and international. It provides practical information, links to the equality commission, and academic reports and research publications.)

Company Law

http://www.accountability21.net
(This is an international not-for-profit organization that assists organizational accountability. It has tools available for corporations to ensure effective decision-making and representation on matters of significance.)

http://www.bis.gov.uk
(The website of the government Department of Business Innovation and Skills.)

http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/business-law/company-and-partnership-law/company-law
(The website of the Department for Business Innovation & Skill, covering practical advice on the Companies Act 2006 for companies and individuals.)

http://www.bitc.org.uk
(This governmental organization (Business in the Community) enables companies to become members and share practices of effective corporate values, translating these into models of management that are applicable in modern business.)

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1073887645
(Business Link’s website providing details on appointing a company secretary and the role and duties of this officer.)

http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk
(Companies House website providing details of company law, the requirements for returning documents to the Registrar, and other information of interest to companies and their members.)

http://www.fsa.gov.uk
(The website of the Financial Services Authority. This is an independent governmental body provided with authority under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000; it maintains the list of quoted companies, and has rule-making, investigatory, and enforcement powers to protect the public and maintain confidence in the financial system (such as through reducing crime.)

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/home.aspx?geotype=London
(The website of the London Gazette, the official newspaper of record for the UK, provided electronically to disseminate and record official, regulatory, and legal information.)

http://www.insolvency.gov.uk
(The website of the Insolvency Service. It operates mainly with matters to do with the Insolvency Acts 1986 and 2000, and the Company Directors Disqualifications Act 1986.)

http://www.iod.com
(The Institute of Directors is a body that supports and represents individual private directors.)

http://www.theqca.com
(This is a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests, particularly, of smaller quoted companies (those outside of the FTSE 350).)

Intellectual Property

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk
(The Business Link website contains guidance on intellectual property rights relating to business.)

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/home.htm
(The website of the UK Intellectual Property Office.)

http://www.itma.org.uk/intro/index.htm
(The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.)

http://www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.en
(The website of the World Intellectual Property Organization.)