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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (24 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415600103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415600101
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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

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"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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This clear and friendly introduction demystifies the legal system. Offering interesting, critical and intelligent coverage, it helps make sense of those things that matter most about the system, the law in day to day life, and in current affairs.
Explaining legal jargon in plain English, it provides an authoritative and accessible guide to the purpose of the law and how it evolved, through to today's compensation culture and human rights law. As well as explaining the role of judges, lawyers, juries, and parliament, it unravels the mechanisms behind criminal and civil law.
How The Law Works is essential reading for people approaching law for the first time, or for anyone wanting a colourful and expert introduction to the law. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2010
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HERE'S HOW IT WORKS -- AND IN PLAIN ENGLISH TOO!

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Newcomers to the study of law often regard the subject as an abstruse one, even though fascinating. This is partly because, as the author Gary Slapper points out, most students of law at universities encounter this complex and varied field for the first time, not having had the benefit of studying it previously in school.

Here, then, is a useful and engaging source of explanation of the law of England and Wales in clear, plain English. Students and non-lawyers alike, wishing to improve their knowledge of the law will love it.

Professor Slapper, director of the Law School at The Open University maintains (quite rightly) that law is a matter of life and death. Whether you know - or choose to know -- anything about the law or not, law affects just about everything in your world, whether important or unimportant -- from the air you breathe, to the food you eat, to property, and family relationships... or whether you are able to have any property or family relationships, or for that matter, adequate food at all. `The rule of law is the first rule of a democracy,' says the author, noting that `in a democracy like the UK's the law has the highest power.'

Like every other utterance and insight in this richly detailed book, these observations provide considerable food for thought. Gradually, much of the mystery of the law is to a gratifying extent, demystified and explained page by page, often with entertaining anecdotes and with enlightening historical perspective.

The useful and detailed table of contents lists the topics covered, including Judges... Lawyers... Cases and the Courts...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Jun. 2011
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This is a clear and readable book about UK law, ideal for anyone who is looking for a good general book on the subject. Gary Slapper has a very readable style and manages to make interesting, what is for most people a pretty stodgy subject. He manages to liven the subject up by making use of many examples of real life cases which have been carefully chosen to enlighten the reader.

Maybe the title should have been more explicit, i.e. 'How the Law Works in the UK', however as long as the reader is clear about the scope of the book they should not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steph smith on 12 Oct. 2012
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I'm currently studying law and this book was recommended to me by my tutor. It's easy to read and interesting. The author explains key words and phrases thoroughly. A must read if your starting with law.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By policefictionfan on 9 Sept. 2013
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very well presented, interesting book for anyone wishing to have a superficial perception of the how the law works. Enjoyable read.
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