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English Legal System Concentrate

Law Revision and Study Guide

Second Edition

Mark Thomas and Claire McGourlay

August 2020

ISBN: 9780198855026

304 pages

In Stock


Price: £12.99

Highest quality revision and study guides for use alongside core reading to help consolidate knowledge, focus revision, and maximise potential.



English Legal System Concentrate is written and designed to help you succeed. Accurate and reliable, Concentrate guides help consolidate your learning, focus your revision, and maximise your exam performance. Each guide includes revision tips, advice on how to achieve extra marks, and a thorough and focused breakdown of the key topics and cases.

  • Written by experts and covering all the key topics so you can approach your exams with confidence
  • Clear, concise, and easy-to-use helping you get the most out of your revision
  • Full of learning features and tips to show you how best to impress your examiner
  • Revision guides you can rely on: trusted by lecturers, loved by students
  • There is wide array of accompanying online resources, including interactive, key cases flashcards, self-test questions and advice on revision and exam technique

New to this edition

  • Newly ordered chapters, moving court structure closer to the start of the text and providing a brief introduction to the various sources of law
  • New sections on tribunals and other courts, and how to read and cite EU law
  • Updated to have regard to the routes of qualification as a practising lawyer, taking account of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), solicitor apprenticeships and the new structure for the vocation study for barristers
  • Discussion of further devolution to the National Assembly of Wales, the introduction of video recording of sentencing in the Crown Court, and English Votes for English Laws
  • Discussion of the UKs decision to leave the EU ("Brexit") and the interventions of the Supreme Court in this regard (R (Miller) v The Prime Minister [2019])
  • Clearer exposition on the nature of Privy Council judgments in relation to domestic courts following Willers v Joyce [2016]
  • Updated figures, tables, 'Revision Tips' and 'Looking for extra marks?'

About the Author(s)

Mark Thomas, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, and Claire McGourlay, Professor of Law, the University of Manchester

Mark Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. Mark is a non-practising barrister, specialising in criminal law and property law. Mark previously taught at the University of Sheffield.

Claire McGourlay teaches criminal evidence and miscarriages of justice at the University of Manchester, and is the School of Social Science Director of External Relations. Prior to this she was the Law School Director of Teaching and Learning. She also runs the Miscarriage of Justice Review Centre.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction to the English Legal System
    2:Introduction to Sources of Law and Court Structure
    3:Sources of Law I: Domestic Legislation
    4:Sources of Law II: Case Law
    5:Sources of Law III: Effect of EU and International Law
    6:Personnel of the English Legal System
    7:The Criminal Justice System
    8:The Civil Justice System
    9:Funding Access to the English Legal System


"Provides the perfect amount of information. Detailed without being too long or cumbersome, succinct but doesn't miss anything out. Absolutely spot on. " - Hollie Walsh, law student, University of Manchester

"Clear, concise, and very useful for building your understanding of tricky concepts. A great help for revision, clarification, and seminar preparation! " - Meraj Sakaria, law student, Swansea University

Additional Resources

Packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more, English Legal System Concentrate is also supported by extensive online resources to take your learning further (www.oup.com/lawrevision/):
- Pinpoint which areas you need to concentrate on with the diagnostic test
- Test your knowledge with the multiple-choice questions and receive feedback on your answers
- Improve your essay skills using the outline answers for guidance on what to include and how to structure your answer
- Revise the facts and principles of key cases using the interactive flashcards
- Learn the important terms and definitions using the interactive glossary
- Check that you have covered the main points of a topic using the key facts checklists
- Achieve better marks following the advice on revision and exam technique by experienced examiner Nigel Foster

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