Legislative Drafting

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Online 20 hours Flexi-date£2,750.00
In-House Agreed with client FlexiblePOA
London 5 days 29 January 2024£4,250
London 5 days 16 September 2024£4,250
London 5 days

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    Who should attend?

      • Senior Managers and Government personnel responsible for turning policy into legislation
      • Officials who instruct Parliamentary draftsman
      • Assistants to legislators involved in creating draft legislation
      • Members of parliament, senators, assembly members
      • Legal advisors and practitioners from both public and private sectors



      • Overcome obstacles to turning policy into legislation
      • Describe the process of making new laws
      • Contribute to the drafting of new legislation
      • Prepare instructions for professional draftsman
      • Practice legislative drafting skills


    Legislative Instruments under the Microscope

    • Types of legislation
    • Primary and secondary legislation
    • Dissecting a statute
    • Structure and elements of an Act of Parliament
    • Assembling the machinery of an Act
    • Problems with how laws work

    Drafting Legislation

    • principles of drafting
    • Alternative approaches
    • Planning your draft
    • Writing for the reader
    • Using plain English
    • Dos and Don’ts in drafting
    • Writing instructions for the parliamentary draftsman

    Interpretation and Construction of Statutes

    • Identifying the purpose of a law
    • The Mischief Rule
    • The Golden Rule
    • Judicial interpretation of legislation
    • Judicial creativity and the sovereignty of parliament

    Stakeholder Participation in Law Making

    • The need for involvement
    • Formal and informal consultation
    • Consultation processes
    • The draft Bill and consultation
    • Ethical lobbying
    • The role of the public affairs professional

    Turning Policy into Practice

    • Why do some laws fail to achieve their objectives?
    • Effective and ineffective law making
    • Education, communication and legal effectiveness
    • The challenge of over-complex laws
    • How to address legal effectiveness issues
    • Alternatives to law making – nudge theory

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