Legal Sites and Resources in the UK, A to B

Agriculture, arts, business, commercial, competition, compliance, e-commerce

Agricultural Law

  • Agricultural Law Association (ALA) was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for professionals serving agriculture - lawyers, surveyors, accountants, bankers, farm business consultants and others - to support each other in their specialisms. It is now the UK's leading cross-disciplinary organisation dedicated to the interests of professional people in rural business. For Members, the website contains a database of relevant case law, links to agricultural and rural regulations and commentary on developmental areas affecting the law of rural business.

    Arts Law

  • Artquest provides practical support to visual artists and craftspeople with over 800 web pages of practical support, critical articles and opportunities covering every aspect of a visual artist or craftsperson's career. Part of the same site, ArtLaw contains over 300 legal related articles written by Henry Lydiate, art and law specialist, for Art Monthly magazine since its launch in 1976.
  • Images of Justice comes from artist Trevor Goring with historical and modern pictures of lawyers and images of justice. The site includes major sections covering historical European portraits, Women in Law, Pre-Christian Law, USA Justice, and Contemporary Portraits. Each section shows a series of thumbnail pictures which can be expanded into full size images.
  • Art Law London is a blog from Paul Howcroft, of solicitors firm Fladgate LLP. The blog covers English legal developments relevant to the art world.

    Medical/legal services: Legal DNA Testing, Immigration DNA Testing, Paternity Testing, Legal Drug Testing and Legal Alcohol Testing.

    Business, Commercial, Company Law, E-Commerce, Financial and Corporate Resources, Competition, Cybercrime, Compliance

    Government and major financial sites
  • Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Sometimes known as the 'Old Lady' of Threadneedle Street, the Bank was founded in 1694, nationalised on 1 March 1946, and gained independence in 1997. Standing at the centre of the UK's financial system, the Bank is committed to promoting and maintaining monetary and financial stability as its contribution to a healthy economy.
  • Businesses and Self Employed is the section on the site which covers many topics of interest to business - setting up a new business, small businesses and large ones. It provides information on finance, grants, employment and health and safety and other business topics.
  • Companies House has main functions:
  • to incorporate and dissolve limited companies;
  • to examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation; and
  • to make this information available to the public.
    All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House, an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). There are more than 2 million limited companies registered in Great Britain, and more than 300,000 new companies are incorporated each year. There is full information on the Companies Act 2006, implemented in October 2009.
  • Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) is a specialist judicial body with cross-disciplinary expertise in law, economics, business and accountancy whose function is to hear and decide cases involving competition or economic regulatory issues.
  • Financial Conduct Authority regulates the financial services industry in the UK. Their aim is to protect consumers, ensure the industry remains stable and promote healthy competition between financial services providers.
  • Financial Times - a vast amount of information including company briefings and up to date share prices and currency prices.
  • London Stock Exchange is at the heart of the global financial market and is home to some of the largest, most successful and dynamic companies in the world. In 2007 the Exchange merged with Borsa Italiana, creating Europe's leading diversified exchange business, London Stock Exchange Group.
  • NASDAQ, in New York, provides news, analysis and prices and portfolio tracking.
  • Ofcom is the communications regulator and regulates TV and radio, fixed line telecoms and mobiles, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. Ofcom's remit is to make sure that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and sharp practices, while ensuring that competition can thrive. Ofcom operates under the Communications Act 2003. The Act says that Ofcom’s general duties should be to further the interests of citizens and of consumers. Ofcom inherited the duties of the five previous regulators the Broadcasting Standards Commission, the Independent Television Commission, Oftel, the Radio Authority and the Radiocommunications Agency.
  • Panel on Takeovers and Mergers is an independent body, established in 1968, whose main functions are to issue and administer the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the “Code”) and to supervise and regulate takeovers and other matters to which the Code applies. Its central objective is to ensure fair treatment for all shareholders in takeover bids. The Panel has been designated as the supervisory authority to carry out certain regulatory functions in relation to takeovers under the EC Directive on Takeover Bids (2004/25/EC) (the “Directive”). Its statutory functions are set out in and under Chapter 1 of Part 28 of the Companies Act 2006.

    Commercial organisations involved with finance, commerce and compliance

  • Adlex Solicitors advise businesses on every aspect of trading online, website law and internet law. The firm was founded in 2001 by internet and domain name lawyer Adam Taylor, former partner and head of E-Commerce and Technology Group at City of London solicitor firm Withers. He is a Nominet and WIPO domain dispute panelist. The site includes information on:
    * the regulations which apply to business trading on the internet
    * the UK and EU data protection laws and regulations which apply to online privacy and the collection and use of personal data via websites
    * Internet terms and conditions and web contracts
    * White label contracts and co-branding contract issues
    * web design - legal, contract and hosting issues
    * domain name disputes.
  • Compliance Exchange is a set of resources for compliance officers and other professionals engaged in managing or regulating investment business, maintained by Jonathan Halsey.
  • Company Law Club offers a number of services for members (it is free but you have to register) including access to a database of company law (similar to a basic company law textbook online) and access to forms from Companies House. The site is supported by company registration agents Incorporation Services Ltd.
  • Corporate Law and Governance is a blog from Robert Goddard of Aston Business School Birmingham. It provides news from the UK and beyond concerning corporate law and governance. These areas are broadly defined to include capital market regulation, financial reporting and the legal environment in which companies (of all sizes) operate.
  • IDRAK is a web site covering Islamic Law relating to banking and finance. It provides a primer on Islamic contract law and its sources, before introducing the principal commercial areas: company law (partnerships and corporate governance; the limited liability company), trusts, investment structures and instruments (including sukuk: Islamic investment certificates), insurance, the law of agency/guaranty and wills. It also provides relevant English authorities. Current developments in the UK and abroad are covered in a blog. The author of the site and the blog, Scott Morrison, lectures in English commercial law at Middlesex University in London but also researches Islamic finance and banking, drawing on his scholarly background in Middle East and Islamic studies, which included periods in Turkey, the Maldives and Dubai.
  • International Law Office, launched in February 1998, delivers global analysis to lawyers worldwide via email on a free subscription basis. It provides legal developments from around the world, a comprehensive directory of firms and partners, a database of the world's major deals and the legal advisers involved, and a global news round-up.
  • Jordans offer a number of services in this general area including company formations, company compliance services & software, company information and other related services.
  • Jordans Competition Law Information Portal is a free current awareness site providing authoritative and up-to-date information and commentary on case-law and other developments in the UK and EU including case summaries from the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and EU Cartels Digest, and extracts from latest articles from the Competition Law Journal.
  • Jordans Insolvency Law Information Portal is a free current awareness site for practitioners dealing with insolvency law. The site contains case summaries, interviews and a blog from John Tribe and opinion pieces from Guildhall Chambers.
  • Legal 500 Series, published by Legalease for over twenty years, provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries. Used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, FDs and professional advisers - as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally - the series is widely regarded as offering the definitive judgement of law firm capabilities.
  • Mondaq launched in August 1994, is one of the most comprehensive electronic resources of professionals' knowledge and expertise. They provide legal, regulatory and financial commentary and information supplied directly by hundreds of the world's leading professional advisors, covering over 70 countries.
  • NERA Economic Consulting is an international firm of economists with more than 40 years of practical experience creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony and policy recommendations in topics relating to industrial and financial economics. The global team of 500 professionals operates in 18 offices across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. They provide a number of specialised journals.
  • Practical Law Company (PLC), now owned by Thomson Reuters, is a major provider of legal know-how, transactional analysis and market intelligence for lawyers. They deliver and maintain the guidance, analysis and materials front-line lawyers need daily. There are separate services for competition, commercial, corporate, finance, financial services and many other central areas of law.
  • Reckon LLP is a London-based consultancy firm specialising in regulation and competition economics. The site provides extensive information and comment which would be of interest to UK and EC competition law specialists.
  • Technology & Digital is a specialised site from Fox Williams. The site provides information on developing new solutions and business models and developing legal strategies to protect value, ensure compliance, manage legal risk and design new contract structures for new business models.
  • UKcorporator is an expert system for generating limited company formation documents online which can be used either by the person wanting to set up a limited company, or by a solicitor acting on his/her behalf. The system operates on a question and answer basis to obtain the information needed for the forms, providing full explanatory notes at each stage so that the user is in effect "coached" in the process of preparing the documents, and taking account of the relevant Companies Act provisions. There is also a considerable amount of free information available on the site relating to the incorporation process for people to use whether or not they are using the system on a paid basis. At the end of the generation process, the user can decide whether he or she wishes to go ahead with the formation and pay as little as GBP19.95 (after taking into account a substantial refund if the user elects to open an HSBC bank account) required for the finished documents and delivering them automatically. All content has been written by the directors of the company who are also solicitors. The system was based on an Australian system

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