New Gypsy and Traveller Law book published - Legal Action Group

Tuesday 31 August 2004

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Outline of the book

The information below has been taken from the back cover of the book.

Gypsy and Traveller Law is the first legal book to bring together the areas of law affecting the travelling community. It balances straight-forward, 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 traveling 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.

It considers:

  • the history of Gypsies and Travellers
  • the role of local authorities, the police and other public bodies
  • the application of the Human Rights Act
  • the legal protection against discrimination provided by Race Relations legislation
  • the provision and management of official sites
  • evictions from unauthorised encampments
  • homelessness legislation as it affects Gypsies and Travellers
  • guidance on planning law and setting up a site
  • access to education and healthcare

The appendices contain a wealth of information including: guidance on judicial review procedure - preparing planning applications and appeals - extracts from legislation - useful contacts and reference materials

Marc Willers co-authored and edited the publication with Chris Johnson.

Marc Willers is a barrister at Two Garden Court in London, specialising in public law, human rights, and planning law and with a particular emphasis on the representation of Gypsies and Travellers.

Chris Johnson is a solicitor and partner in Community Law Partnership in Birmingham, and member of the Travellers Advice Team.

Contributing authors: Sasha Barton, Murray Hunt, Tim Jones, Angus Murdoch and David Watkinson.

The book is available from the LAG bookshop and from good legal bookshops.

Price: £29

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