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The Scottish Parliament

Law and Practice

Mark Lazarowicz, Jean McFadden

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Your guide to Holyrood, fully updated after the Scotland Act 2016

This textbook gives students a rigorous introduction to the powers of the Scottish Parliament: how it makes laws, how it holds the Scottish Government to account and how its legislation and its actions can be scrutinised and challenged. Fully updated in light of the 2012 and 2016 Scotland Acts and the Independence and Brexit referenda, it looks at how Scotland is governed now and what the future holds for the constitutional relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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Table of Cases; Table of Statutes; Table of Statutory Instruments


  1. The Scottish Parliament: The Background
  2. The Powers of the Parliament
  3. Elections and Members
  4. How the Parliament Works
  5. Making Laws
  6. The Scottish Government
  7. Relations between Scotland and Westminster
  8. Challenging the Legislation of the Parliament and the Actions of Ministers
  9. Legal Challenges in Practice
  10. Finance
  11. The European and International Dimensions
  12. Reshaping Britain

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About the Author

Mark Lazarowicz is an Advocate in Practice at the Scottish Bar. He has experience in public and administrative law, including housing, social welfare and immigration cases and a special interest in environmental law. He was Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith between 2001 and 2015, and prior to that was Leader of Edinburgh Council. He has written widely on a range of legal and public policy issues.

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.


'This latest edition of this valuable book is both timely and fully updated. The book is concise, but reading through the list of those thanked by the authors in the preface (including former Advocates General Baroness Clark of Calton and Lord Davidson of Glenclova), it is clear the authors have drawn on a wealth of practical experience to frame their text … It should be of general interest to all practitioners.'
- David J. Dickson, solicitor advocate, The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

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