United Kingdom Encyclopedia of Law     Wiki Legal Encyclopedia (BETA)
What do you need to know about law? Search in more than 1.500.000 entries

Code of Practice in United Kingdom

Definition of Code of Practice

In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Code of Practice : A body of rules for practical guidance only, or that sets out professional standards of behaviour, but does not have the force of law, e.g. the Highway Code. Under the provisions of the Fair Trading Act 1973 the *Director General of Fair Trading has the duty of encouraging trade associations to prepare and distribute to their members codes of practice for guidance in safeguarding and promoting the interests of UK consumers. Several such codes have been approved by the Director General. Codes of practice have also been published by *ACAS, the Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, and Racial Equality Commissions, and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, providing guidance to employers, employees, and their representatives on the fulfilment of their statutory obligations in relevant fields. Codes of practice under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 regulate searches and the *interrogation of suspects by the police.

Generally, failure to comply with a code of practice does not automatically expose the party in breach to prosecution or any civil remedy. It may, however, be relied on as evidence tending to show that he has not fulfilled some relevant statutory requirement.

Law is our Passion

This entry about Code of Practice has been published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY 3.0) licence, which permits unrestricted use and reproduction, provided the author or authors of the Code of Practice entry and the Encyclopedia of Law are in each case credited as the source of the Code of Practice entry. Please note this CC BY licence applies to some textual content of Code of Practice, and that some images and other textual or non-textual elements may be covered by special copyright arrangements. For guidance on citing Code of Practice (giving attribution as required by the CC BY licence), please see below our recommendation of "Cite this Entry".

Cite this entry

Legal Citations Generator

(2015, 06). Code of Practice lawi.org.uk Retrieved 07, 2021, from https://lawi.org.uk/code-of-practice/

06 2015. 07 2021 <https://lawi.org.uk/code-of-practice/>

"Code of Practice" lawi.org.uk. lawi.org.uk, 06 2015. Web. 07 2021. <https://lawi.org.uk/code-of-practice/>

"Code of Practice" lawi.org.uk. 06, 2015. Accesed 07 2021. https://lawi.org.uk/code-of-practice/

Agostino Von Hassell, 'Code of Practice' (lawi.org.uk 2015) <https://lawi.org.uk/code-of-practice/> accesed 2021 July 31

Usage Metrics

699 Views. 545 Visitors.

Google Scholar: Search for Code of Practice Related Content


Schema Summary

  • Article Name: Code of Practice
  • Author: Agostino Von Hassell
  • Description: Definition of Code of Practice In accordance with the work A Dictionary of Law, this is a description of Code of Practice : [...]

This entry was last updated: June 30, 2015


Recent Comments