Legal Acts Database

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Land Registration Rules 2003

The Land Registration Act 2002 repealed and replaced the Land Registration Act 1925, which until then governed land registration.

Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

The Act was introduced to protect businesses from being evicted by having their tenancy ended by the landlord. Businesses build up goodwill…

Law of Property Act

Before 1925, the purchase of land was fraught with difficulty for potential purchasers. The process was lengthy and cumbersome, requiring extensive investigation into the seller’s right and title to sell the land

Law Reform Act 1943

Prior to the introduction of the Act, the rule that was created in Chandler v Webster [1904] restricted the rights of a claimant…

Libel Act 1843

In any action for defamation it shall be lawful for the defendant (after notice in writing of his intention so to do, duly given to the plaintiff at the time of filing or delivering the plea in such action,) to give in evidence, in mitigation of damages…

Limitation Act 1980

Limitation periods enforce time limits within which a party must bring a claim, or give notice of a claim to the other party.

Local Government Act 1972

The Local Government Act 1972 reformed the structure of local government in England and Wales. The changes were introduced…

Magistrates Court Act 1980

The Magistrates Court 1980 was an Act passed by Parliament which implemented the recommendations of the Law Commission…

Matrimonial Causes Act 1973

The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) is the law within England and Wales that governs divorce. Prior to the enactment of the MCA 1973, the first law that governed divorce was the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857 (MCA 1857).

Mental Health Act 1983

The Mental Health Act 1983 covers the reception, care and treatment of people in England and Wales who suffer…

Merchant Shipping Act 1988

The Merchant Shipping Act 1988 was enacted to tackle the unfair quota hopping by foreign fishing vessels in British territorial…

Misrepresentation Act 1967

Misrepresentation is an important factor in both contract law and tort law in the English legal system. The Misrepresentation Act 1967…

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 – Summary

The primary objective of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is to control the use and distribution of these dangerous and harmful drugs, with the aim of preventing drug misuse

Offences Against the Person Act

The Act was one of a number of pieces of legislation in the same year to consolidate numerous areas of law into single pieces of legislation.

Police Act 1996

The Act was introduced by the Conservative government shortly before their election defeat to Tony Blair’s labour party.

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) was introduced as a response to a growing perception that the public had lost all confidence in the English criminal justice system.

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) was introduced as a response to a growing perception that the public had lost all confidence…

Police Reform Act 2002

The sociological and political context was one of increased strain on police resources and widespread problems with the police

Public Order Act 1986

The Act as originally drafted contained five main offences relating to public order. Although there have been some modification…

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