Unlocking the English Legal System will help you grasp the main concepts of the legal system in England and Wales with ease. Containing accessible explanations in clear and precise terms that are easy to understand, it provides an excellent foundation for learning and revising.

This new edition offers a brand-new chapter on ‘Ethics and Law’ which details the duties and responsibilities of lawyers and introduces law students to the kinds of ethical dilemmas that they may encounter when they are lawyers. The up-to-date ongoing debates surrounding UK law are discussed, such as the impact Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic have, and continue to have, upon the English Legal System. Further detail on the devolution settlements in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales is provided as well as looking at the question of Scottish independence. Learn how to read cases and statutes, about career skills and interview preparation, and find out further information on how the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) will operate and the reaction it’s received from law schools. There is also focus on the impact of racism in the criminal justice system, the new Sentencing Code introduced in 2020, and how technology is changing the way the English Legal System operates.

The books in the Unlocking the Law series get straight to the point and offer clear and concise coverage of the law, broken down into bite-size sections with regular recaps to boost your confidence. They provide complete coverage of both core and popular optional law modules, presented in an innovative and visual format.

chapter 1|37 pages

The sources of law

chapter 4|44 pages

Statutory interpretation

chapter 5|24 pages

Legal reasoning

chapter 6|34 pages

Civil courts

chapter 8|35 pages

Criminal courts and procedure

chapter 9|22 pages


chapter 10|21 pages


chapter 11|23 pages


chapter 12|37 pages


chapter 13|23 pages

Lay magistrates

chapter 14|35 pages

The legal professions

chapter 15|20 pages

The judiciary

chapter 17|19 pages

Ethics and law