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The English Legal System

Seventh Edition

Alisdair Gillespie and Siobhan Weare

September 2019

ISBN: 9780198830900

715 pages

In Stock

Price: £33.99

Paints a vivid picture of the English legal system, giving students the confidence to analyse, evaluate, and critique the law.



An engaging guide to the English legal system which helps students new to law develop a critical legal mind. Presenting and critiquing the law in a lively style, this text invites students to question, analyse, and evaluate.

  • The authors' clear and lively style makes the subject matter easy to follow
  • Comprehensive coverage of the English legal system provides students with knowledge of all the key concepts covered on most courses
  • Reflective learning features encourage students to ask questions and think critically about the more controversial aspects of the legal system
  • Carefully chosen examples enable students to relate concepts to real-life situations and apply their knowledge

New to this edition

  • 'The legal professions, and the routes of qualification' chapter explains the proposed changes to legal qualification to the student, and what this means for them
  • A new chapter, 'The Investigation of crime' helps the student to follow the logical steps from investigation and arrest to prosecution (the following chapters)
  • 'The future' chapter continues to track hot topics including the consequences of diminishing public funding and Brexit

About the Author(s)

Alisdair Gillespie, Head of Department and Professor of Law, Lancaster University, and Siobhan Weare, Lecturer in Law, Lancaster University

Table of Contents

    1: The English legal system
    Part I: Sources of Law
    2: Domestic sources of law: parliamentary material
    3: Domestic sources of law: case law
    4: International sources of law
    5: Human Rights Act 1998
    Part II: The Courts and the Practitioners
    6: The structure of the courts
    7: The structure of the tribunals
    8: The Judiciary and their appointment
    9: Judicial independence
    10: The legal professions
    Part III: The Criminal Justice System
    11: The Investigation of crime
    12: Pre-trial matters
    13: Those in court
    14: The trials
    15: Criminal appeals
    Part IV: The Civil Justice System
    16: Funding civil litigation
    17: Civil litigation
    18: Remedies and appeals
    19: Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Part V: The Future
    20: The future

Additional Resources

The English Legal System is accompanied by a wide range of online resources to help students to take their learning further:

For Students
Introductory podcasts - an invaluable guide through the book and its features
Web links - provide opportunities to take learning further
Activities - help students to put their knowledge into practice
Glossary - outlining the key terms related to the English legal system
Podcasts - accompany the questions for reflection in the textbook

For Lecturers
Test bank - a customizable electronic testing resource

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