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able to use the library as a backup is essential. That said, virtually all case law research is now done online, and you should find that the cases you will need as an undergraduate exist

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conclusion as to the outcome of the case. The ratio of the case is the legal rule and associated reasoning that is essential to the resolution of the case. It is the conclusion that is

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respondent. The case name does not necessarily indicate which party is the appellant and which is the respondent. It is essential to use the past history of the case and the way in which

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analysis of factual detail is essential to the application of rules. You might wish to know, for instance, what were the weather conditions in each case, whether either of the drivers

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paragraph numbers, as is invariably the case with neutrally cited cases, it is perfectly acceptable to use a paragraph number as a pinpoint (and essential if it is not published elsewhere

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(a) in accordance with any retained case law and any retained general principles of EU law. Thus pre-exit case law of the CJEU, or UK case law applying CJEU interpretations of EU

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questions for each case: 1. What was the legal issue in the case? 2. What was the legal rule that applied in this case? 3. What were the particular facts of this case? 4. What

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earlier cases and develops the law, and how it has been applied in any subsequent cases. Good case notes will also reflect on any wider policy and reform issues raised by the case directly

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developments during the text’s lifetime. 8.1.2 Cases and materials books Cases and materials books contain a collection of key cases, statutes, reports, articles, and book extracts

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to the practical. Professional case notes can also aid your own case reading, and are generally good examples of distilling legal argument. These case notes will almost inevitably have

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firm grounding and essential background knowledge. Move on in stages—after the introductory reading, read the core text and key cases before moving on to further cases, academic texts

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about learning what the law is. It is also about developing a range of skills that are essential for legal study, legal practice and for a wide range of professions and fields of employment

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the trade’ for a lawyer, so it is essential that you are able to use language correctly and prepare precise and accurate written documents. Many cases turn on the interpretation of a

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points to link the essential points together or to elaborate on them? If you have too much material, repeat the exercise again but this time divide only your essential points into the

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horizontal effect in common law cases such as to create new common law rights, but, as cases like Campbell v MGN show, there is no great support for this in case law so far. (The issues

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example, if a case is cited in the footnote in relation to the definition of an occupier but there is nothing in the text that elaborates upon this, you will need to find the case to discover

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organisations. One of the main objectives of the law degree, alongside the development of essential legal skills, is to acquire legal knowledge. Even if you don’t want to be a lawyer, knowledge

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MR). 30. Obiter means that Lord Denning’s statement was not an essential part of the judgment in this particular case: see section 7.3 Judicial precedent 7.3. 31. [1979] ICR 785

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particular emphasis on those that demonstrate essential principles. Remember that it is more important that you know the legal principle from the case rather than the facts but that the facts

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people who will be setting and marking your summative assessment(s). It is therefore essential that you take formative assessment seriously, and don’t just focus on assignments where