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Principles of Legislative and Regulatory Drafting [Paperback]

Ian McLeod
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12 Oct 2009
"Principles of Legislative and Regulatory Drafting" provides a succinct guide to an area of law and practice which has previously been poorly served by English textbooks. It explains how drafters can convert legislative and regulatory policy into a form which has the desired effect in the most direct and accessible way. On the basis that those who seek to communicate must be conscious of how their words will be read, it includes a chapter on interpretation. Other chapters include the nature of drafting instructions (including ethical considerations), the general principles of drafting, the protection of human rights, the creation of statutory corporations and schemes of licensing, subordinate legislation, and the creation of criminal offences. The principles and skills of drafting are very largely common to both the legislative and regulatory fields, but the book draws attention to areas in which significant differences arise. Extracts from the Interpretation Act 1978 and the European Convention on Human Rights are included as Appendices. The book provides an invaluable introduction for those engaged in legislative and regulatory drafting, while also being useful to anyone who is interested in the creation and interpretation of legislative and regulatory texts.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Hart Publishing (12 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841137723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841137728
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is much that is of value in this book, which certainly does provide a clear and detailed guide to the novice drafter David Miers Journal of Legislative Studies Volume 16, No. 4, 2010 Principles of Legislative and Regulatory Drafting is a short work comprising just over 200 pages and is all the better for that...Too many legal works are marred by too much detail and laying cases one on top of the other to build a veritable tower of confusion...McLeod controls references to cases with a tight rein; the references to cases are relevant and the quotations pithy and to the point. I have carried this book about with me for some months now and consulted it regularly ... I have had the pleasure, not of discovering things for the first time, but of discovering and remembering them for myself with the assistance of this volume. The book has acted as a valuable refresher for me; it has changed my practice in some areas. It has been a welcome resource to be used for thinking things out again. There is much in this book not only for officials and neophyte drafters but also for those with more experience ... Thank you, Ian McLeod. John Moloney The Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel Newsletter

About the Author

Ian McLeod is a solicitor, a Visiting Professor of Law at Teesside University, a Senior Associate Research Fellow in the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies in the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London University, a member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel and a member of the Council of the Statute Law Society.

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I write as a practising First Parliamentary Counsel."Principles" addresses, deliberately,both the instructing "client's" point of view and that of the draftsman. It overlooks how busy these professionals are.
"Principles" is for the Honours Student or the Academic. Parliamentary Counsel's Office (England, Wales et al.) is
far more useful for the "client". Thornton (urgently requiring a new edition for cases and more consideration of the modern world and electronic capabilities and limitations) remains a sine qua non. Disappointing.
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