New edition of 'Gypsy and Traveller Law' published by Legal Action Group

Monday 6 January 2020

We are pleased to announce the third edition of Gypsy and Traveller Law was published by Legal Action Group on 20 December 2019. Marc Willers QC of Garden Court and Chris Johnson of the Community Law Partnership have edited the book.

Garden Court co-authors are Marc Willers QC, David Watkinson, Stephen Cottle, Desmond RutledgeOwen Greenhall and Tessa Buchanan.

Copies can be ordered on the Legal Action Group website. 

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Gypsy and Traveller Law brings together the areas of law affecting the Travelling communities. It is the only guide to cover accommodation needs such as planning, site provision, homelessness and eviction in addition to other issues impacting on the day to day lives of Gypsies and Travellers such as education, health care and race discrimination.

The Gypsy and Traveller communities in the UK experience widespread deprivation, social exclusion and discrimination. The lack of provision of suitable sites for Gypsies and Travellers is the root cause of most, if not all, of the difficulties that they face living in Great Britain today.

There is now a new legal framework and new policy designed to address the severe shortage of sites. Local authorities now have a duty to assess the need for Gypsy and Traveller sites in their area and to allocate land which will meet the need identified. However, it is likely that it will take a considerable length of time for that exercise to be completed and, meanwhile, rented site provision remains in short supply and Gypsies and Travellers continue to be frustrated in their attempts to develop sites for themselves.

Gypsy and Traveller Law balances straightforward, practical advice with comprehensive coverage of the statutes, regulations, guidance, circulars and a rapidly developing body of case-law.

This is the key reference work for lawyers and advisers working with Gypsies and Travellers and an essential guide for local authorities on their duties to the travelling community and the social and legal implications of failure to fulfil these obligations. Gypsy and Traveller Law also aims to empower Gypsies and Travellers to secure their rights and challenge injustice.

Other co-authors include Chris Johnson, Mike McIlvaney and Sharon Baxter of the Community Law Partnership, Timothy Jones of Number 5 Chambers and Dr Angus Murdoch. 

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