Introduction to English Law: (Originally Elements of English Law)

Introduction to English Law: (Originally Elements of English Law)

Introduction to English Law: (Originally Elements of English Law)

Introduction to English Law: (Originally Elements of English Law)

Synopsis

"Geldart" has over the years established itself as a standard account of English law, expounding the body of the modern law as set in its historical context. Regularly updated, it remains indispensable to students and layman alike as a concise, reliable guide. This new edition takes into account the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, alterations to the law of manslaughter, and new twists in the laws concerning children, intellectual property, and contract and leasehold reforms, among many others.

Excerpt

When after William Geldart's death Sir William Holdsworth was called upon to prepare a second edition of this little book, he wrote in the Preface that it was a striking testimony to the extent of Geldart's knowledge of the English legal system, and to his powers of clear, well-proportioned, and accurate exposition; and Professor H. G. Hanbury, a later editor of the book, considered that Geldart was the master of legal analysis. Certainly the success of the book on its appearance in 1911 can to some extent be judged by the necessity to reprint it no less than eleven times before Holdsworth prepared the second edition. This was published in 1929, and Holdsworth's greatest contribution to the text was his transformation of Chapter 5 from an account of the old property law to that of the new era ushered in by the 1925 Property Acts. Holdsworth produced a third edition just before the Second World War, and thereafter Hanbury prepared three more. For the last thirty years it has been my privilege to take the book over and to do the work on it necessary for five more editions.

This eleventh edition is in many respects much changed from the book as it first appeared, and yet I hope its original essence remains. It is still my aim that it should expound the elements of the main areas of English law readably, accurately, and yet in short form. the overall length of the book has increased only a little since 1911, and there are parts of Chapters 2 and 3 which have been altered only marginally since Geldart wrote them. But the substance of the rest of the book is for the most part quite different from that first presented. Even the book's title has been altered, as has the title of Chapter 3.

Legislation needing to be incorporated since the last edition includes the Computer Misuse Act 1990; the Courts and Legal . . .

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