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Public Law Essentials

Jean McFadden, Dale McFadzean

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Your guide to the most important aspects of constitutional law in the United Kingdom

Looking at the UK and Scotland, Public Law Essentials is an invaluable guide for law students throughout the United Kingdom. From the monarchy to the UK and Scottish parliaments, and from judicial review to the parliamentary ombudsman, you will find all the up-to-date coverage of public law that you need for your course and your exams.

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Table of Cases
Table of Statues
Table of Conventions
1. Introduction
2. The United Kingdom Constitution
3. Doctrines of the Constitution
4. The Judiciary
5. The Monarchy
6. The United Kingdom Parliament
7. The United Kingdom Government
8. The Scottish Parliament
9. The Scottish Executive
10. Judicial Review
11. Parliamentary Ombudsmen

About the Author

Jean McFadden is Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Strathclyde. Alongside her academic law career, she has served as a councillor since 1971 and was Leader of Glasgow City Council 1980–1986 and 1992–1994. She held the posts of Chairman of Mayfest 1983–1997, City Treasurer 1986–1992 and President of COSLA 1990–1992. She was awarded the CBE in 1992.

Dale McFadzean is Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of Scotland. His areas of expertise include constitutional law, administrative law and legal education in general. Dale is a a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Director of the Scottish Universities Law Institute, and a board member of the Juridical Review. He is the author of a number of successful legal textbooks, including Scottish Administrative Law Essentials (2006), Public Law Essentials (2007), Scots Law for Students: An Introduction (2007), An Introduction to Law and Legal Obligations, 2nd edition (2009) and Legal Method Essentials (2010). He is a contributor to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia.


This is an engaging, clearly written and appropriately focussed book with excellent use of both statute and key relevant cases. Law teachers often worry about students relying on introductory texts and not, for example, reading cases for themselves. They need not worry if they see a student with this book in their hands as it reinforces the need for appropriate use of statutes and cases… I cannot for the life of me think why a student taking constitutional law for the first time would not invest the relatively small amount of energy in reading this book through several times during their module and especially in the run up to the exam.

- Brian Dempsey, University of Dundee, SCOLAG Legal Journal

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