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ENGLAND AND WALES (Welsh : _Cymru a Lloegr_) is a legal jurisdiction covering England
England
and Wales
Wales
, two of the four countries of the United Kingdom . " England
England
and Wales" forms the constitutional successor to the former Kingdom of England
England
and follows a single legal system , known as English law .

The devolved National Assembly for Wales
Wales
(Welsh : _Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru_) was created in 1999 by the Parliament of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
under the Government of Wales
Wales
Act 1998 and provides a degree of self-government in Wales. The powers of the Assembly were expanded by the Government of Wales
Wales
Act 2006 , which allows it to pass its own laws , and the Act also formally separated the Welsh Government from the Assembly. There is no equivalent body for England , which is directly governed by the Parliament and the government of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History of jurisdiction

* 2 Law

* 2.1 Company
Company
registration

* 3 Other bodies * 4 Order of precedence * 5 National parks * 6 See also * 7 References

HISTORY OF JURISDICTION

The Roman province
Roman province
of Britannia in 410

During the Roman occupation of Britain , the area of present-day England
England
and Wales
Wales
was administered as a single unit, with the exception of the land to the north of Hadrian\'s Wall . At that time, most of the native inhabitants of Roman Britain
Roman Britain
spoke Brythonic languages , and were all regarded as Britons , divided into numerous tribes. After the conquest, the Romans administered this region as a single unit, the province of Britain .

After the departure of the Romans, the Britons of what became Wales developed their own system of law , first codified by Hywel Dda
Hywel Dda
(Hywel the Good; reigned 942–950) when he was king of most of present-day Wales, while in England
England
Anglo-Saxon law was initially codified by Alfred the Great in his Legal Code , c. 893. However, following the Norman invasion of Wales
Wales
in the 11th century, English law came to be practised in the parts of Wales
Wales
conquered by the Normans (the Welsh Marches ). In 1283 the English, led by Edward I, with the biggest army brought together in England
England
since the 11th century, conquered the remainder of Wales, then organised as the Principality of Wales
Wales
, which was united with the English crown by the Statute of Rhuddlan of 1284. This aimed to replace Welsh criminal law with English law.

Welsh law continued to be used for civil cases until the annexation of Wales
Wales
to England
England
in the 16th century. The Laws in Wales
Wales
Acts 1535–1542 then consolidated the administration of all the Welsh territories and incorporated them fully into the legal system of the Kingdom of England.

Prior to 1746 it was not clear whether a reference to "England" in legislation included Wales, and so in 1746 Parliament passed the Wales and Berwick Act . This specified that in all prior and future laws, references to "England" would by default include Wales
Wales
(and Berwick ). The Wales
Wales
and Berwick Act was repealed in 1967, although the statutory definition of "England" it created is preserved for acts passed prior to its repeal. Since the Act's repeal what was referred to as "England" is now " England
England
and Wales", while references to "England" and "Wales" refer to those political divisions.

LAW

England
England
and Wales
Wales
are treated as a single unit, for most purposes, because the two form the constitutional successor to the former Kingdom of England. The continuance of Scots law was guaranteed under the 1706 Treaty of Union
Treaty of Union
that led to the Acts of Union 1707 , and as a consequence English law—and after 1801 , Irish law — continued to be separate. Following the two Acts of Union, Parliament can restrict the effect of its laws to part of the realm, and generally the effect of laws, where restricted, was originally applied to one or more of the former kingdoms. Thus, most laws applicable to England
England
also applied to Wales. However, Parliament now passes laws applicable to Wales
Wales
and not to England
England
(and vice versa), a practice which was rare before the middle of the 20th century. Examples are the Welsh Language Acts 1967 and 1993 and the Government of Wales
Wales
Act 1998 . Measures and Acts of the National Assembly for Wales
Wales
passed since the Government of Wales
Wales
Act 2006 also apply in Wales
Wales
but not in England.

Following the Government of Wales
Wales
Act, effective since May 2007, the National Assembly for Wales
Wales
can legislate on matters devolved to it. Following a referendum on 3 March 2011 , the Welsh Assembly gained direct law-making powers, without the need to consult Westminster. This was the first time in almost 500 years that Wales
Wales
had its own powers to legislate. Each piece of Welsh legislation is known as an Act of the Assembly . The Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice
of England
England
and Wales
Wales

COMPANY REGISTRATION

Main article: Companies House
Companies House

For a company to be incorporated in the United Kingdom, its application for registration with Companies House
Companies House
must state "whether the company's registered office is to be situated in England
England
and Wales (or in Wales), in Scotland or in Northern Ireland", which will determine the law applicable to that business entity. A registered office may be specified as "in Wales" if the company wishes to use a name ending _cyfyngedig_ or _cyf_, rather than _Limited_ or _Ltd._ and/or to avail itself of certain other privileges relating to the official use of the Welsh language.

OTHER BODIES

Outside of the legal system the position is mixed. Some organisations combine as " England
England
and Wales", others are separate.

* In sports, cricket has a combined international team administered by the England
England
and Wales
Wales
Cricket
Cricket
Board , who also govern the sport across both nations, whilst football , rugby union , rugby league , the Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
and other sports have separate national representative teams for each country. A few Welsh association football clubs , most notably Cardiff City F.C.
Cardiff City F.C.
and Swansea City F.C. , play in the English football league system , while The New Saints F.C. , which represents places on both sides of the border, plays in the Welsh football league system . * Some religious denominations organise on the basis of England
England
and Wales, most notably the Roman Catholic Church , but also small denominations, e.g. the Evangelical Presbyterian Church . Prior to the disestablishment of the Church in Wales
Wales
in 1920, the Anglican church in Britain operated under the jurisdiction of the Church of England throughout Wales
Wales
and England. * The Electoral Commission maintains a register of political parties, organised according to where the party operates (either _England_, _Wales_ or _ England
England
and Wales_). * Some professional bodies represent England
England
and Wales, for example the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England
England
and Wales
Wales
, the General Council of the Bar , the Law Society , the National Farmers Union and the Police Federation of England
England
and Wales
Wales
. * Other examples include the Canal ">

* ^ Cannon, John (2009). _A Dictionary of British History_. Oxford University Press. p. 661. ISBN 0-19-955037-9 . Retrieved 15 October 2010. * ^ Subsection 9(2) of the Companies Act 2006

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