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Legislation

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Acts of Parliament will always be given as the full title of the act followed by the year. Sometimes it may be prefaced by either GB or UK to indicate applicability to the whole United Kingdom, sometimes it may prefaced by a constituent country, e.g., Wales, to indicate that it only applies to that country. Acts from other countries should always be prefaced by that country name.

Statutory Instruments are the executive orders that enable, disable or change elements of an Act without the need to reissue the whole Act. You must always be aware of the changes introduced by SIs in order to ensure you are looking at the current law. They will always be given as a number, title (includes year), and year, e.g.: SI2014/2401 The Patents (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2014, 2014. 

Using Lexis or Westlaw to look at legislation, rather than www.legislation.gov.uk, always means you are looking at a version that incorporate changes.

Please contact your Information Specialist, Graham Titley (click on Home for contact details) for further help and advice.

Cases

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Case law helps us to 'interpret' the words used within legislation. However, case law is not 'fixed' law - interpretations and judge's decisions can change from day-to-day, so you really need to be aware of the coloured markers when searching for cases in Lexis or Westlaw. Case law is generally referred to using the party names, e.g.: Ball v Jones (2008). However, you may also see it referred to using the court law reports citation, e.g.: (2008) 2 FLR 1969 or both elements together: Ball v Jones (2008) 2 FLR 1969.

Please contact your Information Specialist, Graham Titley (click on Home for contact details) for help in finding case reports.