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Legislation Library

Welcome to our ESG legislation page. On this page we have pulled together a considered selection of the key legislation that is required for regulatory and legislative compliance across the ESG space.

Whilst every effort has been made to make sure that we have the most up to date document or link available, we would advise that in order to ensure you are using the latest version, that you visit the relevant site directly.

The information provided, in no way constitutes legal advice and if you do require further information on any of the below, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The Acts and Regulations listed within this site are current as of the 1st January 2023.

Primary Legislation

'Primary legislation' is the term used to describe the main laws passed by the legislative bodies of the UK e.g. Acts of the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly. It also includes Acts passed by historical parliaments, other primary legislation for Northern Ireland and Church of England Measures (legislation for the established church in England passed by the General Synod of the Church of England).

Secondary Legislation

'Secondary legislation' (also called 'subordinate legislation') is delegated legislation made by a person or body under authority contained in primary legislation. Typically, powers to make secondary legislation may be conferred on ministers, on the Crown, or on public bodies. For example, the Office of Communications (OFCOM) is given such powers by the Communications Act 2003.

The main types of secondary legislation are Statutory Instruments, Statutory Rules and Orders, Church Instruments.

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Library Contents

Whilst every effort is made to make sure that the information contained in this library is up to date and correct , we cannot guarantee that the version you see is the most recent. We advise that you check the original source to confirm that you are using the latest version and to check if there have been any amendments or additions prior to use. For more information or to discuss with an expert please contact us at

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