Legal Acts Database

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The Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 was implemented with the aim of protecting the personal data of individuals deposited on computer systems…


If death is caused by any wrongful act, neglect or default which is such as would (if death had not ensued) have entitled the person injured to maintain an action and recover damages in respect thereof, the person who would have…

Defamation Act 2013 – Summary

Defamation Act 2013 was introduced in order to reform the law surrounding defamation and to ensure that a fair balance between the protection of reputations and freedom of expression was being attained

Directive 2004/38- Union Citizens

Directive 2004/38 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States

Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939

The Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939 was passed in the UK in the context of the Second World War (WWII). The aim of the act…

Employment Rights Act 1996

The Employment Rights Act 1996 introduces itself as ‘an Act to consolidate enactments relating to employment rights. As such, one of the main aims behind the Act was to bring together into a single piece of legislation much of the existing law in relation to employment rights.

The Equality Act 2010

The principle of equality is an indispensable element of a democratic society. Equality law in Britain, however, is a recent…

European Communities Act 1972

This Act was granted Royal Assent on 17 October 1972 and meant that the United Kingdom became an official member of the EEC.

Family Law Act

The Family Law Act 1996 was envisioned to modernise the divorce process and is seen as one of the most radical and far-reaching reforms of family law in the past century.

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

Before the Act came into force, parliament could be dissolved at any time by royal proclamation and or by virtue…

Fraud Act 2006 Summary

The Fraud Act came into force on the 15th January 2006 and replaced the eight deception offences contained within the Theft Act 1968 and 1978.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act of 2000 [‘the Act’] was passed by the UK Parliament in 2000 and came into force in its entirety in 2005.

Greater London Authority Act 1999

In 1996, the Labour Party (which at that time was in opposition) in the consultative document A Voice for London…

House of Lords Act 1999

The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK parliament. Their role has been to review, make and amend the laws of the…

The Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act 1998 was one of the first pieces of legislation to be enacted by the new government. It is an important constitutional instrument…

Human Tissue Act 2004

The Human Tissue Act 2004 (HTA 2004) was introduced to address serious concerns raised in the course of the 1998 Kennedy Inquiry.

Immigration Act 1971

In the years leading up to the Immigration Act 1971, there was negativity and resentment growing towards those immigrating into the UK.

Insolvency Act 1986

The Insolvency Act 1986 provides the legal platform to deal with issues arising out of personal and corporate insolvency.

The Introduction of the ECHR 1950

Following the Second World War and the horrors against humanity that had followed it, the United Nations had been given the impetus that was required…

Land Charges Act 1972

The Land Charges Act 1972 is a piece of legislation that enhances the system for creating and registering charges over unregistered…

The Land Registration Act 2002 (LRA)

The Land Registration Act 2002 (LRA) was introduced as a Joint Working Group consisting of people representing several bodies

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