A clear, accessible and irreverent guide to how the UK's legal machine works. Traditionally, the Law has been shrouded in mystery, and to most of us, it seems impenetrable and hugely complicated. But in today's world, our need to understand it is rapidly growing. Existing book are either dry, academic, aimed solely at student readerships, esoteric in style, or argumentative for this or that change in the law. How the Law Works is different. It offers clear, critical and intelligent coverage to enable us to make sense of those things that matter most to us in our day-to-day life, and which are discussed in current affairs. Anyone who wants to know about Law or who has come up against the legal system in one way or another needs this book. Contents include:* Why we need law* Where the legal system came from* Judges* Lawyers* Criminal Law* Juries* Punishment* Civil Law* Compensation Culture* Case Law* Parliament* Human Rights Law
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Gary Slapper is a Professor of Law at the Open University, and this book will become a set text for all law students at the Open University in the UK. Gary has been writing legal articles for The Times for fifteen years and has been a columnist for five years.Review:
"How the Law Works is a very useful companion to anyone embarking on the study of law." Andrew Baker, Liverpool John Moores University
"How the Law Works is a comprehensive, witty and easy-to-read guide to the law. I thoroughly recommend it to non-lawyers who want to improve their knowledge of the legal system and to potential students as an introduction to the law of England and Wales." Lynn Tayton QC
Reviews of the first edition:
"A friendly, readable and surprisingly entertaining overview of what can be a daunting and arcane subject to the outsider." The Law Teacher
"An easy-to-read, fascinating book ... brimful with curios, anecdote and explanation." The Times
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Book Description Collins, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000722107X