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Legal Action Group (Books) 2010


Defending Possession Proceedings
Edition: 7th
Format: Paperback
Author: Jan Luba QC, Derek McConnell, John Gallagher and Nic Madge
ISBN: 9781903307755
Publishers: Legal Action Group
Price: 55
Publication Date: 7th August 2010
 
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Defending Possession Proceedings has established itself as the book that lawyers and advisers turn to in a housing crisis. It is the key 'homelessness prevention' handbook - a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the law relating to possession proceedings.
For the novice and the seasoned performer, this work should only be removed from the desk for the purpose of carriage to court' New Law Journal
'If defending possession proceedings is the task facing you, then this is the book to use' Solicitors Journal
' ... a treasure trove of law and tactics in perfect harmony' Journal of Housing Law
Dealing with the three principal types of occupier - social housing tenants, private tenants and mortgage borrowers - Defending Possession Proceedings focuses on practice and procedure and the relevant substantivelaw. It is written in a user-friendly way, so that it contains information which is of use to the most experienced legal practitioner, yet is still understandable to the least experienced housing adviser.main text is supplemented with official forms and notices, statements of case and applications, an instructions checklist, the Rent Arrears Pre-Action Protocol and CPR Part 55.
The seventh edition of Defending Possession Proceedingsfeatures new chapters on:
Family Intervention Tenancies
Replacement tenancies under the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008
Public law defences
Human rights defences
Disability discrimination defences
Rent arrears and bankruptcy
Islamic home purchase
It takes full account of legislative changes in the Consumer Credit Act 2006; the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (notably the abolition of tolerated trespassers); the Equality Act 2010; and the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010.
The chapters on possession procedure incorporate all relevant changes in the Civil Procedure Rules, especially the new Mortgage Arrears Pre-action Protocol.
Important cases featured include:
McCann v UK in the European Court of Human Rights
Doherty v Birmingham City Council and Lewisham LBC v Malcolm in the House of Lords
R (Weaver) v London & Quadrant Housing Trust and ForceluxBinnie in the Court of Appeal
This edition further considers the implications of the new regulatory framework affecting all registered providers of social housing, which has been established by the Tenant Services Authority (TSA), and the impact on possession proceedings of the statutory guidance and standards issued by the TSA.
Defending Possession Proceedings is an essential purchase for all lawyers and advisers working with actual or prospective defendants in possession proceedings.

The Authors

Jan Luba is a barrister in the housing team at Garden Court Chambers in London. He was called to the Bar in 1980 and was made Queen's Counsel in 2000.He is one of the leading authorities on housing law and practice. Jan is co-author of a number of housing law titles including Repairs: tenants' rights (LAG, 4th edn, 2010) and Housing Allocations and Homelessness (Jordans, 2nd edn, 2010), and writes, with Nic Madge, the monthly series 'Recent developments in housing law' in Legal. He sits as a recorder in the civil and criminal courts and as a judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Derek McConnell is a solicitor at South West Law in Bristol. Since 1978 he has worked in a number of Law Centres, and then in private practice, specialising in housing law. He writes the regular 'Owner-occupier' updates in Legal Action and tutors widely on housing law, specifically residential mortgage law.

John Gallagher is principal solicitor with Shelter, and has specialised in housing and homelessness law for 20 years. He previously worked at SHAC (the London Housing Aid Centre), at Nottingham Law Centre and in private practice in Liverpool. He is an executive member of the Housing Law Practitioners' Association.

Nic Madge is a circuit judge. He was formerly a recorder and district judge and head of the Housing Department at Bindman and Partners, London.is theco-author of Housing Law Casebook(LAG, 4th edn, 2008),Annotated Housing Statutes (Sweet and Maxwell, 2005)a member of the senior editorial board of Civil Procedure ('the White Book') (Sweet & Maxwell). He writes regularly on housing law and procedure, including contributions to Law Society GazetteandNew Law Journal and co-authors 'Recent developments in housing law' in Legal Action. He is a founder member of the Housing Law Practitioners' Association

Preface

Legislation designed to protect residential tenants should be clear, simple and consistent in its effects, not dubious, complex and arbitrary.
These words of Baroness Hale, taken from her judgment in the case of Austin v London Borough of Southwark 1; are as music to the ears of all residential occupiers (including, by extension, owner-occupiers), their lawyers and advisers. Too often, housing law is anything but dear, simple and consistent. Root and branch reform of housing law and procedure is long overdue. In the preface to the last edition of this book, we commended the work of the Law Commission in its well-received proposals for the simplification and codification of housing law.2 It is shameful and short-sighted that the political will has not been found to implement those proposals. It is a fundamental pillar of access to justice that people should know their rights and obligations in respect of something as important as the roof over their heads, and that they should be able to obtain redress where those rights are denied.
The aim of Defending possession proceedings is to assist advice workers, solicitors, barristers and others called upon to help defendants or potential defendants to possession claims This book is not, and could not be, a treatise on all the relevant law of tenancies and mortgages. There are other weighty tomes, some comprising several volumes, which fulfil that function. Defending possession proceedings is essentially a practical book. We concentrate on matters of practice and procedure and relevant substantive law. We have aimed to write it in a user-friendly way, so that it contains information which is of use to the most experienced legal practitioners, yet is still understandable to the least experienced housing advisers.
The task of advisers and lawyers helping those facing possession proceedings has become increasingly difficult in the 23 years since
1 [2010] UKSC 28; [2010] 3 WLR 144 at para [53].
2 Renting Homes (Law Com No 297), Cm 6781, May 2006.
we started writing the first edition of this book. The number of possession claims is again rising. In 2008, the latest full year for which records are available, a total of 290,958 claims for possession were started in county courts throughout England and Wales, of which 142,741 were mortgage-related. In the same year, 212,566 possession orders were made, of which 97,184 were suspended.' In the, first quarter of 2010, 51,684 possession claims were begun, including 18,504 mortgage possession claims. In the same period 36,062 orders were made.4 With reductions in housing benefit entitlement due to be implemented in April 2011 and the likelihood of an increase in mortgage interest rates alongside the effects of greater economic stringency, it seems inevitable that many more householders will find themselves involved in, or at risk of, possession proceedings. The availability of legal aid has become more and more restricted, and as we go to press solicitors' firms, law centres and advice agencies are in a state of turmoil, awaiting the outcomes of the tendering process in which they have been compelled by the Legal Services Commission to bid against one another for contracts for a limited number of 'matter starts'. It is difficult to reconcile a policy of rationing the numbers of cases in which advice and assistance are available under the `Legal Help' scheme, whereby problems can be solved without resort to court proceedings, with the Commission's concern that litigation should be avoided where possible.
On the other hand, the law has become more and more complex demonstrated by the fact that this seventh edition is more than three times longer than the first edition. Since publication of the first edition, the pace of change in housing law has become ever more rapid. As a result, this edition contains seven new chapters: on family intervention tenancies; replacement tenancies; public law defences; human rights defences; disability discrimination defences; rent arrears and bankruptcy; and Islamic home purchase, as well as separate chapters on introductory tenancies and demoted tenancies.
Some of the changes which have occurred since the last edition deserve particular comment. The profusion of case law which has sought to explore the interface between administrative law and possession proceedings has given rise to the new chapters on public law defences (chapter 25) and human rights defences (chapter 26). In
3 Table 4.3, Judicial and Court Statistics 2008, Cm 7697, Ministry of Justice, September 2009.
4 Ministry of Justice Statistics Bulletin, May 2010: www.justice.gov.uk/ publications/clocs/stats-mort-land-q1-2010.pdf.
the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (Fourth Section) in McCann v United Kingdoms the Court stated:
The loss of one's home is a most extreme form of interference with the right to respect for the home. Any person at risk of an interference of this magnitude should in principle be able to have the proportionality of the measure determined by an independent tribunal in the light of the relevant principles under Article 8 of the Convention, notwithstanding that, under domestic law, his right of occupation has come to an end.
The judgment in McCann was considered by the House of Lords in Doherty v Birmingham CC, 6 and in a succession of subsequent decisions of the High Court and the Court of Appeal: see chapters 25 and 26. In R (Weaver) v London az Quadrant Housing Trust? the Court of Appeal held that the housing trust, as a hybrid public authority, was carrying out an act of a public, not a private, nature for the purposes of section 6(5) of the Human Rights Act 1998 when it took steps to terminate a tenancy, and its decision to do so was subject to scrutiny on public law principles.
As the Court of Appeal noted in Central Bedfordshire Council v Taylor and others8, there is a continuing tension between ECtHR decisions and those of the domestic courts .9 As this book went to press, the appeal in the case of Manchester City Council v Pinnock was being heard by the Supreme Court. Other cases relating to potential public law defences in cases concerning introductory tenancies and non-secure tenancies are due to come before the Supreme Court in November 2010, while the case of Kay v United Kingdom is pending in the European Court of Human Rights. Readers are recommended to refer to para 26.51 for details of a supplementary note on the outcomes of these cases, to be posted on the Legal Action Group website www.lag.org.uk, in addition to keeping abreast of all other housing law developments through Legal Action (see below).
The most prominent legislative change since publication of the last edition in 2006 is to be found in Schedule 11 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008, which came into effect from 20 May 2009. On that happy day, the concept of the tolerated trespasser ceased to exist, and many occupiers who had lost their secure tenancies had
5 Application no 19009/04, 13 May 2008, (2008) 47 EHRR 40, ECtHR.
6 [2008] UKHL 57; [2009] 1 AC 367; [2008] HLR 45.
7 [2009] EWCA Civ 587.
8 [2009] EWCA Civ 613; [2010] 1 WLR 446; [2010] HLR 12.
9 See Nic Madge, 'Article 8: La Lutta Continua?' [2009] JILL 43.
tenancy status restored to them, mostly without knowing it. The tolerated trespasser was a familiar figure in previous editions of this book. Advisers and lawyers struggled to make sense of the twilight existence of this legal oxymoron throughout the 23 years from its conception to its demise, which encompassed such abominations as the `entrenched tolerated trespasser' and featured the Biblical imagery of `Lazarus' applications for court orders which would restore defunct tenancies to life. For those who have laboured in these vineyards, the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Austin (see above) will have been greeted in equal measure with satisfaction and with frustration. For we now know what we long suspected, that the concept of the tolerated trespasser need not, and should not, have existed at all. Hundreds of hours of forensic argument, countless learned articles and innumerable training courses have been wasted in attempting to interpret what, in her trenchant judgment, Baroness Hale called 'all of this nonsense'. More importantly, an unknown number of people have lost their homes when they should not have done, particularly those who would have qualified to succeen deceased 'tolerated trespasser'. These consequences could not of course be undone by the Supreme Court. It is a sobering reflection on our system of precedent and the accidents of litigation that the tolerated trespasser should effectively have been abolished twice over within twelve months, once by Parliament and subsequently on being relegated by the Supreme Court in Austin to a state of jurisprudential illegitimacy.
When the last edition was published, a series of decisions appeared to have established a defence to possession proceedings based on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in circumstances of indirect discrimination. However, in London Borough of Lewisham v Malcolm and Disability Rights Commission (Intervener),10 the House of Lords by a majority held that the Council's action in seeking possession of a tenant's flat for reasons which were arguably related to his disability did not amount to 'less favourable treatment' under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The decision in Malcolm will, however, be superseded by section 15 of the Equality Act 2010, when brought into force, which will again offer a tenant the basis for a defence, subject to certain conditions, where the reason for the possession proceedings derives from, or is associated with, the tenant's disability (see paras 27.9-27.16).
The Equality Act received Royal Assent on 8 April 2010, in common with a short but much-needed statute, the Mortgage Repossessions
10 [2008] UKHL 43; [2008] 1 AC 1399; [2008] HLR41.
(Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010, the purpose of which is to provide basic protection for unauthorised tenants of landlord borrowers in mortgage default. When in force, the Act will give the court power, in'mortgage possession proceedings, to postpone the date of possession for up to two months in favour of an 'unauthorised tenant' of the mortgagor (see para 42.25). The Act will come into effect on 1 October 2010.
The last edition of this book coincided with the introduction of the Rent Arrears Protocol on 2 October 2006. There is now a counterpart protocol in mortgage possession proceedings. Lenders under residential mortgages who bring mortgage possession proceedings must, as from 16 November 2008, comply with the Mortgage Arrears Pre-action Protocol: see paras 42.3-42.10.
As ever, we are very grateful to those colleagues who have written to us with suggestions and comments on earlier editions. We have taken them into account where possible. Comments on this edition (addressed to us c/o the Legal Action Group) are warmly welcomed.
Many of the issues dealt with in this book are the subject of regular discussions at the meetings of the Housing Law Practitioners' Association (see www.hlpa.org.uk). In addition, the material in this book can be updated by reference to Nic Madge and Jan Luba's `Recent developments in housing law', a monthly column in Legal Action, and to Derek McConnell's annual review 'Owner-occupiers: recent developments' which also appears in Legal Action in April each year.
We wish to express our thanks to Sam Madge-Wyld for reading this edition in draft and for his comments and suggestions. That this edition has been produced at all is a tribute to the formidable skills and indomitable efficiency of our editor at LAG, Esther Pilger, whose deep reserves of patience have once again been mined to the full, and of Lesley Exton at Regent Typesetting, who has yet again performed Herculean feats in assimilating major changes and updating at page proof stage. Their contribution has been incalculable. Any remaining mistakes are ours.

The law in England and Wales is stated as at 1 July 2010.

Jan Luba QC
John Gallagher
Derek McConnell
Nic Madge
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Homelessness and Allocations
Edition: 8th
Format: Paperback
Authors: Andrew Arden QC, Emily Orme and Toby Vanhegan
ISBN: 9781903307748
Publishers: Legal Action Group
Price: 48
Publication Date: March 2010
 

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Housing practitioners and advisers seeking authoritative, accurate and accessible guidance on local authority duties need look no further than Homelessness and Allocations.
Full Price: 48
 
New in the eighth edition:
 
Substantial revision of chapter on allocations following the seminal decision of the House of Lords in Ahmad, and to include allocations by registered providers of social housing.
Complete rewrite of chapter on immigration issues, and expanded coverage of additional means of providing housing to include the New Asylum Model (NASS).
Extended coverage of duties under the Children Act 1989 following recent House of Lords decisions.
New guidance on intentional homelessness and mortgage arrears.
Coverage of numerous other important decisions, including those of the House of Lords in Aweys and Moran on the meaning of reasonable to continue to occupy for the purpose of defining homelessness, Holmes-Moorhouse on priority need and children, following the separation of parents and of the recentCourt rulingTomlinson v Birmingham CC whichthat rights under Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 are not civil rights engaging article 6.
 

Contents
 
The policy of the provisions
The provisions in outline
Immigration
Homelessness
Priority need
Intentional homelessness
Local connection
Protection of property
Homelessness decisions
Part 7 discharge
Allocations
Enforcement
Appendix A - Statutes
Appendix BStatutory instruments
Appendix C- Guidance
 

Authors
 
Andrew Arden QC is a full-time practitioner and head of Arden Chambers, London. He is a pioneer of housing (and homelessness) law, and has acted in many of the leading cases in addition to his writing. He is the general editor of the Housing Encyclopaedia, the Housing Law Reports and the Journal of Housing Law, as well as co-author of Arden and Partington's Housing Law, the Manual of Housing Law, Local Government Finance Law and Local Government Constitutional and Administrative Law (all Sweet & Maxwell).
 
Emily Orme is a barrister at Arden Chambers who undertakes both court and advisory work in the areas of housing, business tenancies, administrative and local government law. She has contributed articles to a number of publications including New Law Journal and Journal of Housing Law.
 
Toby Vanhegan is a barrister at Arden Chambers who covers all areas of housing law, with special expertise in immigration and asylum law and the eligibility of immigrants and asylum-seekers for housing and other forms of social assistance.
 

Reviews
 
' ... an indispensable commentary on and guide to a complex and fast-moving area of the law: a must-have for academics, specialist practitioners and busy local government officers alike'. Solicitors Journal
 
'This is the book on the law relating to homelessness.' Law Society Gazette
' ... if you advise on homelessness, you will need this book. Buy it now'. Legal Aid News
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Parole Board Hearings: law and practice
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Author: Hamish Arnott and Simon Creighton
ISBN: 9781903307649
Publishers: Legal Action Group
Price: 30
Publication Date: Jan 2010
 
Publisher's Information:
 

Parole Board Hearings: law and practice is a key text written specifically for lawyers, prison officials, probation officers and prisoners.
 
The first edition of Parole Board Hearings, published in 2006, was heralded as being the first book dedicated to explaining the decision-making powers and procedures of the Parole Board. There have been a number of notable developments since the first edition. The Parole Board (Amendment) Rules 2009 - which remove the right to an oral hearing for lifers and IPPs - are comprehensively covered by the authors. Also new to this edition are the new procedures for victims' attendance at parole hearings, the proposed changes to the public funding of parole cases and the implications of the House of Lords' decision in James and others on article 5, accessing courses and delays.
 

This new edition builds on the strengths of the original publication, providing detailed, practical guidance on the following key areas:
Effective representation for prisoners at Parole Board hearings
Challenging Parole Board decisions
Other organisations involved in the parole process
Risk assessment carried out by the Parole Board
Determinate and indeterminate sentences
The test applied for release
Oral hearings procedure
Life sentence review by the Parole Board
Licences
Recall to prison
Judicial and non-judicial remedies
All the key statutory provisions and the Parole Board Rules under which the Board operates, as well as a list of useful addresses, are annexed to the text.
 

The Authors
 
Hamish Arnott is a solicitor at Bhatt Murphy. He has been a solicitor at the Prisoners' Advice Service and the Public Law Project. He specialises in prison law and the rights of detainees. He also teaches extensively in areas related to his practice.
 
Simon Creighton is a solicitor and founding partner of Bhatt Murphy. He was based at the Prisoners' Advice Service between 1993 and 1998 as its first lawyer. At Bhatt Murphy he specialises in prison law, working particularly with life sentenced prisoners. He has worked on many public law challenges and applications to the European Court of Human Rights. He writes extensively on prison law and compiles the twice-yearly prison law update for Legal Action with Hamish Arnott.
Reviews
 
'This is an essential book for anyone concerned, in any capacity, with the work of the Parole Board. It collates all the relevant statutory and other legal material relevant to the Board, and gives detailed practical guidance as to the way in which the Board works The authors' clear understanding of their subject matter, and their practical experience of the way in which the Board operates, makes their invigorating comments all the more authoritative. This book is therefore extremely welcome.' Sir David Latham, Chairman of the Parole Board (from the foreword).
 
'Finally, after all these years, someone has published a book detailing the powers, procedures and processes of the Parole Board. The fact that so few criminal firms bother with prison work, despite it falling within the general criminal contract and being a natural adjunct to their main work, is the paucity of written material on the subject matter. This is a quite superb book, written with clarity and authority, ideally suited to anyone looking for an introduction to this intellectually stimulating and fast-paced area of law. The authors are two of the most respected names in the field; they combine a sometimes rare feat in being able not only to practise at the highest level in their field, but also in being able to identify and explain to a beginner the core knowledge needed. Everything is covered, from licence recall to lifers, and they have even remembered to mention the all important funding arrangements.' Andrew Keogh, Crimeline.
 
'Covers the breadth of Parole Board proceedings and contains a mine of information in a highly accessible style. If you advise or represent prisoners this will be invaluable to you.' Andrew Sperling, Association of Prison Lawyers.
 
'Prison law text books do not come any better than this, comprehensive in content, easy to understand and at a price anyone can afford.' Mark Leech FRSA, director, Institute of Prison Law.
 

From the Introduction
 
All sentences of imprisonment, save for those few cases where a whole life order is made, include a possibility of early release. As a response to prison overcrowding, there are a bewildering array of early release schemes that may apply to a sentence depending on its
type and length. The vast majority of those serving normal determinate sentences are automatically released on licence at the half-way point of the sentence. Many such prisoners may also be eligible for release prior to the halfway point on electronic tagging, or on what is
known as 'end of custody licence'. These mechanisms of release do not involve the Parole Board. The changes to the Board introduced by the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) 2003 and the Criminal Justice and Immigration (CJIA) Act 2008 focused its role on the release of prisoners
who may pose a risk of committing offences of serious harm, most notably those serving life or indeterminate sentences. These changes coincided with an increase in concern over the Board's identity, crucially whether its current constitution enables it to operate sufficiently as a court-like body. A further concern has been an exponential increase in the backlog of cases waiting an oral hearing, which during 2008-09 has led to a systematic failure to ensure that prisoners' rights to a speedy review of their cases under article 5(4) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) are met. At the time of writing this edition, these concerns have led the Ministry of Justice to commissioning a consultation paper on the future of the Board, which is discussed further below
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Repairs: Tenants' Rights
Edition: 4th
Format: Paperback
Authors: Jan Luba QC, Deirdre Forster and Beatrice Prevatt
ISBN: 978 1903307670
Publishers Legal Action Group
Price: 45
ate: Jan 2010
 
Publisher's Information:
 

Repairs: tenants' rights has long been recognised as an essential text for all housing advisers and lawyers dealing with disrepair and other adverse conditions affecting residents in rented housing accommodation. As well as focusing on repairs it deals with a range of other issues such as infestations, hazards and absence of amenities.
 
Repairs: tenants' rightslooks at the repairing obligations of the landlord, the remedies open to tenants to enforce their rights and the actions that can be taken to secure compensation for the loss and hardship suffered. It also outlines the powers available to local councils to address adverse housing conditions using environmental, criminal and housing legislation.
 
The fourth edition of Repairs: tenants' rights includes:
 
Practical step-by-step guidance on how to bring a civil action
Comprehensive treatment of the Housing Disrepair Protocol
Comprehensive analysis of the case-law relevant to disrepair proceedings including recent developments
Expanded coverage on the funding of disrepair litigation through the legal aid scheme and conditional fees
Up-to-dateof the changes brought aboutthe Housing Act 2004, including the Housing Health and Safety Rating System
a completely revised chapter on environmental protection prosecutions as a result of changes in criminal procedure since the previous edition
Repairs: tenants' rights is a highly practical handbook that provides accessible guidance on the law and procedure for non-lawyers and will serve as an excellent resource for the practitioner. The main text is supported by an invaluable set of precedents with worked examples of documentation used at all stages of the court process, extracts from legislation and helpful guidance on technical information.
Repairs: tenants' rights is essential reading for lawyers, advisers and tenants dealing with issues of disrepair, and also for providers of accommodation looking for a general guide to the law and practice relating to housing repair and conditions.
 

Reviews
 
'This is an excellent book. No one should even consider advising or representing tenants with disrepair unless they have a copy.' New Law Journal
 
'A very useful, concise and well-written guide to this complex area and a must for the busy practitioner.' Law Society Gazette
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Employment Tribunal Claims: tactics and precedents
Edition: Edition:(January 2010
Format: Paperback
Author: Naomi Cunningham and Michael Reed
ISBN: 9781903307700
Publishers: Legal Action Group
Price: 35
Publication Date 2010
 
Publisher's Information:

Anyone appearing before an employment tribunal for the first time is faced with many procedures and rules that can confuse and mystify. Employment Tribunal Claims brings together practical guidance with an extensive collection of precedents to equip the claimant and his/her adviser with the tools and tactics to win their cases.
This new edition has been updated, and extensively rewritten for ease of use. New features of this edition include:
  • a reworking of most of the precedents to fit into one of two main cases through which the reader can follow the process from the drafting of the ET1, through interlocutory steps, to preparation for the hearing, the hearing itself and finally an appeal;
  • guidance on getting the most out of your adviser;
  • substantial new material on preparing for a hearing;
  • enhanced guidance on drafting claims and witness statements;
  • detailed advice on preparing a schedule of loss;
  • guidance on the practical consequences of the abolition of the statutory dispute resolution regime.
There is depth and variety to give reassurance to beginners in the field, and its accessibility and clarity make it ideally suited for trade unionists, non-specialist advisers, volunteer tribunal representatives, lawyers at an early stage in their careers, and claimants representing themselves. Employment Tribunal Claims also serves as an excellent occasional resource for the established practitioner looking for some borrowed experience of a particular tactical problem, or for harassed solicitors wanting to point their clients to an accessible source of answers to employment tribunal FAQs.
Although the book is written from the point of view of the claimant, most of the tactical guidance and many of the precedents will be equally useful to employers and their advisers.
Employment Tribunal Claims is supported by http://www.etclaims.co.uk/, which is maintained by the authors and provides a continuous, searchable update on developments in law and practice relevant to the material covered in the book, plus further additional hints on tactics.
10% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Free Representation Unit (FRU).

Reviews
' a rare gem ... the "flesh that clothes the bones" of the employment tribunal system.' New Law Journal
'I would have given my eye teeth for this book as a newly qualified employment lawyer representing claimants.' SCOLAG
'The text races along and the examples and anecdotes are so entertaining that it is truly a book you will not want your colleagues to borrow.' Adviser
'Despite not having a single O-level, thanks to Reed and Cunningham I had the confidence to represent myself and obtained compensation and a reference which I hope will help me find another job.' Letter from a reader.

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