Halsbury's Laws of England is a definitive encyclopedic treatise on the laws of England. It includes restatements of the common law with remarks to the relevant judicial authority and the statutory law which has in many cases codified, modified or supplemented common law.
Halsbury's Laws of England covers every proposition of English law (whether statutory or common law), and is divided into alphabetically arranged titles, making it convenient to use and enabling quick and easy research into any area of law.
The fourth edition of Halsbury's Laws was published in 56 volumes between 1973 and 1987, with selective reissues between 1988 and 1998 under the editorship of the Rt Hon Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (1970 to 1974 and 1979 to 1987). Reissue volumes since August 1998 are published under the editorship of the Rt Hon Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (1987 to 1997).
Halsbury's Laws of England is regularly updated by an annual Cumulative Supplement and a monthly service. An abridgment volume summarising the legal developments of each year is also published every May and volumes are reissued as and when justified by the changes in the law and charged for separately on publication. The complete set consists of over 70 text volumes, a consolidated table of cases, a consolidated table of statutes and statutory instruments, and a consolidated index (in two volumes).
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