98 • Book Reviews Philip Coppel QC and Cornerstone Barristers. Cornerstone’s Electoral Legislation 2016, 1st edn. Bloomsbury Professional. £99.99. ISBN: 9781784512637 Philip Coppel QC and Cornerstone Barristers have produced a handbook of electoral legislation in force for 2016. In these days of electronic access to the text of legislation, hard copy handbooks are of course dangerous since they are unable to provide the legislation in a form that is guaranteed to be up to date on the day that they are consulted. And they no longer serve the purpose of facilitating access to legislation that would otherwise be difficult to find, since a simple online search will produce the text in its most recent available form for those relying on the National Archives publishing and a simple search within any of the subscription editorial products will produce a copy of the text as it is up to date on that day. There are therefore two potential uses of hard copy handbooks and collections of legislation. The first lies in the added-value material that they are able to provide. The second lies in the simple convenience of having a physical copy of all the relevant leg- islation in one place. This handbook does not ae tt mpt to provide much if anything by way of added value. There are very basic annotations provided to some of the legislation, but much less than one would expect from an annotated text of legislation today, and it is probably fair to say that no serious ae tt mpt has been made to add value by way of drawing ae tt ntion to decided cases or background material or other mae tt rs that a reader ought to know about when reading and applying the law. Even the preface is a disappointing single- page introduction to the topic that does not ae tt mpt to provide any overview or other form of added value for readers. The sole benefit of this handbook therefore lies in it being a hard copy compila - tion of legislation that will be relevant to electoral practitioners. Of course, even they will need to ensure that they double-check each piece of legislation online to check for amendments made since the publication of the volume, and they will probably also want to check for decided cases linked to the relevant provision and for background material that might elucidate its purpose and effect. Having said all this, practitioners in electoral law who are well aware of recent amendments and of decided cases and other relevant material will doubtless find this a useful single volume to carry into conferences or court. One would encourage the authors—particularly since they have the resources of an entire set of barristers’ Chambers to draw from—to consider for the next edition aiming to provide some added value of the kind that will make this handbook a useful resource for those who are not expert in electoral law but who encounter it for a specific purpose. Until that is done, this will remain very much a niche product. Daniel Greenberg doi: 10.1093/slr/hmw032 Advance Access publication June 17, 2016 Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/slr/article-abstract/39/1/98/2503338 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 30 April 2018
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