Legal Acts Database

This selection of UK legislative act summaries has been prepared by the legal professionals at Select an act title below to see a full summary of the act or search for an act using the box below (try searching essays for even more results):

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Rent Act 1977

The Rent Act 1977 is the piece of legislation which introduced the category of protected tenancy in the law of England and Wales.

Sale of Goods Act 1979

The Sale of Goods Act codified various provisions, such as the formation of contract, which was already prevalent and well-established in common law.

Security Service Act 1989

The Security Service Act 1989 relates to the Security Service, more commonly known as MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5).

Sexual Offences Act 2003 – Summary

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 repealed most sections of the Sexual Offences Act 1956. It represented a large-scale revision of the law of sexual offences.

The Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982

The Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 was an early attempt to provide consumers greater protection when they purchased a good or service…

The European Union Act 2011

The European Union Act of 2011 [‘the Act’] introduces restrictions to the application and amendments in treaties relating to the European Union…

The Parliament Act 1911

The Parliament Act of 1911 [‘the Act’] emerged from political circumstances surrounding the relationship between the two UK parliamentary bodies…

The War Damage Act 1965

The Act was introduced after it became apparent to the Government that there was potential for the Government to be found liable …

Theft Act 1968 – Summary

The Act very closely based on a draft bill which had been published by the Criminal Law Revision Committee in 1966

Theft Act 1978

The Criminal Law Revision Committee spent seven years considering criminal property offences which had previously been contained…

Trade Marks Act 1994

The Trade Mark Act (TMA) 1938 was said to have caused a ‘great deal of judicial frustration thus indicating a strong need…

Treaty of Lisbon

The Treaty of Lisbon entered into force on 1 December 2009 in accordance with its Article 6 and was ratified by each of the European Union’s 27 members.

Treaty on European Union

The Treaty on European Union (‘TEU’) finds its origins in the Treaty of Maastricht, which came into effect in 1993. Almost a decade previous…

TRIPS Agreement Summary

The Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Agreement (‘TRIPS’) is a multilateral agreement administered by the WTO…

Trustee Act 1925

The Trustee Act 1925 is an act, which is part of the land reform legislation in the 1920s. It consolidated and codified the law on…

Youth and Criminal Justice Act 1999

One of the practical realities affecting the criminal justice system is that the success or failure of many criminal prosecutions depends largely…

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