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Blueprints: Constitutional and Administrative Law
Blueprints: Constitutional and Administrative Law
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 29 Mar. 2015
A BRILLIANT MODERN APPROACH TO THE STUDY OF CONSTITUTIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE LAW FOR 21st CENTURY LAWYERS

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Any course of study on constitutional and administrative law can be easy or hard depending on whether you like the subject and understand the British political and legal systems.

Teaching the subject has often caused some problems for both tutor and student- mainly from those overseas learners who may not be as familiar with our system in the United Kingdom which can seem strange to those in other jurisdictions.

So, to the rescue comes Pearson’s “Blueprints” series and author Chris Monaghan has brought together an excellent learning programme in four parts covering the following: constitutional fundamentals; government institutions and the prerogative; human rights; and, finally, administrative law. The sub-heading for these “Blueprints” is explained as “your plan for learning” and that is exactly what you get!

The Pearson mission is “to help people make more of their lives through learning” and the way they achieve this aim is to combine innovative learning technology with trusted content and educational expertise. The end product is what they describe as providing “engaging and effective learning experiences that serve people wherever and whenever they are learning” so the titles are excellent in particular for the distance learner.

Pearson Education provides both digital learning tools and testing programmes with their curriculum materials which offers a fresh introduction to this substantive law area.

For those new to the “Blueprints” guides, they are visually designed to assist the acquisition of information giving answers to the most-asked questions including: what is the law and how is it applied; what problems does the law attempt to solve; what do we think about the law; how has the law become this way; what factors are shaping the law today; what do we need to know if we want to understand the subject; where do different points of the law overlap; and where can we find further information about a topic?

The answer to these and other questions are set out clearly in the book which is a boon to the modern law student seeking to build a solid understanding of constitutional and administrative law.

As Chris Monaghan says in his introduction, this area of law is often viewed with apprehension by learners but it is not a prerequisite to have expertise in history, politics and comparative constitutions. The beauty of this book is that you can find all you need as an undergraduate with the useful contemporary examples illustrating what you may see on the news, or read in newspapers.

As Monaghan says, it is an exciting time to study constitutional and administrative law with all the changes which are taking place in 2014 and 2015. The three key features of Britain’s constitution are brilliantly explored and brought alive by the author: Parliamentary Sovereignty; the rule of law; and the separation of powers.

Whilst this book is only introductory for what is a vast study area, Chris Monaghan fills the gaps which the learner may have with the study programme: the “Blueprint” series create the indispensable building blocks of the subject to give you, the reader, how each area of the law fits together in the big picture which is the English legal and constitutional system today.


The Family Court Practice 2014
The Family Court Practice 2014
by Rt Hon Lady Justice Black
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £409.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 17 Mar. 2015
THE COMPREHENSIVE AND AUTHORITATIVE GUIDE FOR PRACTITIONERS IN THE NEW FAMILY COURT

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Once again -- and good news for family law practitioners --the Family Law imprint of Jordan Publishing has launched the current and most up to date edition of the familiar ‘Red Book’: ‘The Family Court Practice 2014’.

This annually updated work of reference is almost invariably used by judges in the family court -- which now means the new family court -- which also means that as a family law practitioner, you need it too, particularly in this latest edition.

Note that the new family court structure was established in May 2014; coincidentally the date when His Honour Judge Anthony Cleary wrote the useful introduction to this edition. Here he refers to ‘the tsunami of amended rules, new legislation and revised public and private law programmes’ with which practitioners have now to contend -- and the consequent anxieties.

Such concerns of course have not been alleviated by the removal of funding in private law, which has led to predictable increases in litigants in person representing themselves in court without competent legal advice. It is not surprising that the time taken to complete hearings has risen by fifty per cent.

This ‘tsunami’ of consequences has given rise to problems with timetables, delays and failure of litigants to adhere to court orders, shortfalls in local authority budgets – and more; much more. It is worth reading Cleary’s further remarks concerning these developments, just to remind one of the challenges that practitioners -- and all those involved in family court proceedings -- now face.

However -- and this is a truth widely acknowledged -- that because of these and other issues which have recently arisen in family court practice, you as a practitioner will now need your stalwart and ever-reliable copy of ‘The Red Book’ more than ever. It can certainly help you avoid the pitfalls you are likely to encounter in everyday practice.

Within its more than 3,500 pages, this book provides the materials you need, including tables of statutes, statutory instruments, cases and practice directions, plus a table of CPR, FPR and Supreme Court Practice Directions. The six parts into which it is divided include -- with necessary commentary -- procedural guides, statutes, procedure rules, practice guidance, European material and more. And to aid navigation, there is an extensive index with useful cross-references throughout.

It is not surprising that this book has, over the years, emerged as the standard work of reference in family law and has therefore become an essential acquisition for the family law practitioner.

The law is cited as at May 2014.


Red Book Plus: Family Court Essential Materials 2014-2015
Red Book Plus: Family Court Essential Materials 2014-2015
by Family Law
Edition: Paperback
Price: £49.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly clear, 17 Mar. 2015
REFRESHINGLY CLEAR, PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR PRACTITIONERS IN THE NEW FAMILY COURT

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

If you are a family lawyer grappling with the complexities of the new Family Court, you’ll almost without a doubt have a copy of ‘The Family Court Practice 2014’ (‘the Red Book’) from the Family Law imprint of Jordan Publishing.

Indispensable and authoritative it is, but these very attributes are what make it necessarily weighty.

Help is at hand, however, via Family Law’s companion volume: ‘Red Book Plus’ which is more than likely the answer to many a practitioner’s prayer. Succinct, practical, easy to use – and so much more portable, it provides, as the sub-title indicates, ‘essential materials’ for the family court.

Take the practice notes and flow charts in Part I, for example, and the detailed Table of Contents is your guide here: both from Jordan’s online ‘PracticePlus’ service. The practice notes provide reminders of the essentials of a case; the main issues… the necessary documents… when and how they should be served… and, typically, a series of bullet-pointed ‘tips’ for expediting the progress of a case. Most importantly, you are cross-referred to other family law resources whenever appropriate

The flow charts which accompany the practice notes indicate in diagrammatic form the stages of a typical case; in other words, what to do and when to do it in logical sequence. These provide a visual overview of the relevant procedures and as such, can be as useful for the client to have a look at, as they are for the practitioner who wants to maintain organized control of the management of a case.

Part II, covers key legislation and in Part III, leading cases are listed alphabetically. Part IV -- consisting of 2014-15 Tables--- offers especially handy ammunition for sorting out financial entanglements -- universal credit and income support, for example -- and there is a retail price index, consumer price index and house price index.

All this information placed readily to hand, functions ‘almost like a ready-reckoner’ as one busy barrister put it. Certainly, this section alone could save you a lot of time doing laborious research or calculations.

Indeed the whole volume, in handy paperback format, helps save time in innumerable ways with its clear and concise step-by-step guidance -- and frequent cross references to The Red Book, all of which can help you avoid the most common pitfalls you are likely to encounter in everyday practice.

For practitioners in the Family Court, this is the work of reference to acquire.

The law is cited as at 1 October 2014.


Constitutional Sunsets and Experimental Legislation: A Comparative Perspective (Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law Series)
Constitutional Sunsets and Experimental Legislation: A Comparative Perspective (Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law Series)
by Sofia Ranchordas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £75.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A jurisprudential look, 17 Mar. 2015
A JURISPRUDENTIAL LOOK AT TEMPORARY LEGISLATION ACROSS A RANGE OF JURISDICTIONS

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Even if you are a lawyer, you may find yourself a little baffled by the title of this book. But that’s a good thing. Bafflement excites curiosity -- the noble catalyst for all enquiry and research.

For lawyers and for jurisprudents especially, this is a book to explore, savour, analyse and discuss. Recently published by Edward Elgar, it could conceivably emerge as the definitive statement on constitutional sunsets and experimental legislation as these legislative mechanisms acquire more widespread acceptance and therefore familiarity.

But, as the author Sofia Ranchordas admits: ‘most lawyers are not familiar with sunset clauses and experimental legislation’. She adds that ‘a number of examples of these instruments from different jurisdictions are provided throughout this book’. She goes on to explain in detail what these instruments are, what they do and how they have evolved within a number of jurisdictions.

Both constitutional sunsets and experimental legislation,’ she explains, ‘are temporary legislative instruments while experimental regulations aim to be a first step toward lasting legislation, sunset clauses are usually “born” to fulfil a mission and then “die” after a fixed (that is pre-determined) period.’ A ‘sunset clause’ then, is time-limited piece of legislation with a sell-by date. ‘Experimental legislation’ is simply that: experimental.

It appears that these ‘temporary legislative instruments’ can, to put it bluntly, be chucked out if they are unpopular, or don’t work, or are shown demonstrably not to work. Many legislators might find such instruments to be rather an attractive idea, as a practical response to the rapid pace of societal and technological change in developed cultures.

This point is of course debatable, especially in countries with parliamentary systems – the UK, Canada and so forth – in which Parliament, the law-making body, is finite in the first place and where a law enacted in a current Parliament can be changed or repealed in the next if found to be flawed in any way which calls for urgent change.
Interestingly, the author has chosen to focus this study on three countries: the Netherlands, Germany and the United States. She cites quotes for example, from recent and non-recent American law journals about ‘sunset legislation’ and Sunset Provisions in Anti-terrorism Legislation (in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law [2010]).

This is not a technical book, she notes. ‘This is a comparative law study that reflects on the framework potentialities and constitutional limits of these legislative instruments.’

As a valid, effortful and carefully researched contribution to the study of jurisprudence, this book merits a place in the professional library of many a practitioner, especially those specializing in international law.

The publication date is 2014.


Renewable Energy Law in the EU: Legal Perspectives on Bottom-Up Approaches (New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law Series)
Renewable Energy Law in the EU: Legal Perspectives on Bottom-Up Approaches (New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law Series)
by Marjan Peeters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £90.00

5.0 out of 5 stars First detailed examination, 17 Mar. 2015
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THROUGHOUT THE EU – THE FIRST DETAILED EXAMINATION OF THE LEGAL ISSUES

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

In the gradual and predictably difficult transition to renewable energy across Europe, what are the legal issues confronting regional authorities within the European Union? Will it be possible for every EU member state to move to renewable energy within the time frames required under EU law? And what will be the required role of local authorities, i.e. local/regional governments in this incredibly complex process?

For obvious reasons of cultural diversity, arriving at useful and workable answers to these questions in the EU is no easy task! This book however, tackles these issues head-on. A compilation of expert research from fifteen international contributors, it focuses on the ‘legal frameworks within which regional authorities in EU Member States must act in the course of the necessary transition towards a sustainable, renewable energy system’.

The transition referred to must inevitably evolve within the framework of EU law, which has imposed legally binding targets on its Member States through Directive 2009/28 (which we may all be hearing more of in the not too distant future).

In explaining this Directive in detail, the book lists the various target dates it has imposed for implementing the successive necessary stages toward establishing renewable energy programmes throughout the EU. With some EU countries keen and others reluctant to achieve the required renewable energy goals – this is, again, no easy task.

All of which points up the importance of this book. Recently published by Edward Elgar as part of their series entitled ‘New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law.’ it is apparently the first book to ‘map legal questions around renewable energy from the perspective of local governments’.

The diverse body of research has been led by its able editors, both experts in this field. Marjan Peeters is a Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at Maastricht University. Thomas Schomerus is a Professor of Energy and Environmental Law at Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany.

The research is detailed and extensively footnoted throughout, so you have a wealth of references to other sources of information and comment – and to help you navigate, there is a detailed index at the back.

This is a timely contribution to the body of literature on renewable energy and the role and responsibilities of the local and regional government authorities which must -- like it or not -- eventually implement it across the European Union. Environmental lawyers, as well as decision makers in local governments throughout the EU will definitely need to acquire this book.

The publication date is cited as at 2014.


Research Handbook on Directors' Duties (Research Handbooks in Corporate Law and Governance)
Research Handbook on Directors' Duties (Research Handbooks in Corporate Law and Governance)
by Adolfo Paolini
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £130.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, 16 Mar. 2015
THOROUGH RESEARCH ON THE ROLE AND CONDUCT OF COMPANY DIRECTORS

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

It was Edward Elgar Publishing that originally contacted Adolfo Paolini to produce and the edit this book. As one of the latest titles in Elgar’s ‘Research Handbooks in Corporate Law and Governance’ series, it makes any number of statements, erudite and bold in more or less equal measure, about the role and conduct of company directors and to whom they are actually accountable and why – and why not.

The topic is examined from a number of viewpoints and should be of direct interest not just to lawyers but to the public at large, bemused for example, by the corporate antics of banks and other corporate entities which in recent years have been featured in the media for a number of reasons, good and bad.

A Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Buckingham and consultant to a top City law firm,
Dr. Paolini leads a team of leading academics, mainly from leading university law schools around the world. Demonstrating high standards of scholarship and trenchant comment, most of these folk are certainly not bashful about expressing their views, or substantiating them.

In his rather hard-hitting introduction Paolini expresses the view that company directors owe what might be called a duty of care, not just to shareholders (the traditional view), but to society as a whole.

Referring, we believe, to the Northern Rock scandal of a few years back, and the queues of ‘the bank’s customers wanting to recover ‘the fruit of their labour, their life savings, their pensions and the like’, Paolini argues that those who suffered the effect of the company’s financial distress were not only shareholders, but society at large.

Another contributor, Jeff MacIntosh -- a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto plus the holder of an astounding array of high powered qualifications in academia and finance -- is of the opinion that ‘the issue of to whom directors’ duties are owed is… the most important issue in corporate law.’ ‘It defines the end or purpose of corporate existence,’ he adds ‘and thus delineates the function that we wish corporations to play in our society.’

Lawyer, academic or not, you may well be concerned and possibly affected by many of the issues of corporate governance discussed in this book which is divided into four parts.

Parts I and II discuss approaches to directorship, respectively under the common law and under civil law. The general drift of the argument is that human rights and consumer rights ‘have to be protected and most importantly respected’ as part of the duty of a director.

And moving on, Part IV discusses the liabilities and consequences that may arise in the face of company insolvency. The title of contributor Michelle M. Harmer’s article ‘Navigating financial turbulence: directors’ duties in the face of insolvency’ -- just about says it all.

If you are professionally involved in, or merely interested in the financial services industry and its collective stance on such issues as social responsibility as well as profit, you should really acquire this absorbing, carefully researched and very timely book.

The publication date is cited as at 2014.


Research Handbook on Cross-Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property (Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property Series)
Research Handbook on Cross-Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property (Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property Series)
by Paul Torremans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £195.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Perspectives, 16 Mar. 2015
CROSS-BORDER PERSPECTIVES ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ACROSS A NUMBER OF JURISDICTIONS

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

The articles contained in this book shine the light of authority and scholarship on one of the thorniest legal questions in the global marketplace. To wit: how do you enforce intellectual property rights across borders in today’s global economy?

The editor of this important book reminds us that ‘intellectual property is nowadays rarely limited in scope to a single country’ – which indeed makes the intellectual property system international -- and with the advent of the Internet, borderless.

This book from Edward Elgar Publishing examines a range of cross-border IP enforcement issue via the 18 learned articles it contains, from as many expert international contributors. Collectively they look at the various means of cross border enforcement (or lack of it) and the variety of issues that arise from the often diverse policies on IP enforcement that prevail in different countries and jurisdictions – and it is interesting if you read this book, to compare the similarities and differences.

The 18 essays are grouped in four parts. Part I examines a range of national and regional systems individually. Editor Paul Torremans -- a Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Nottingham -- observes that some jurisdictions formulate and enforce special rules for cross-border cases. In developing economies, though, the emphasis tends to be on forming and implementing an IP enforcement system in the jurisdiction itself.

Part II deals with traditional private law areas such as jurisdiction… choice of law… and recognition and enforcement. Part III looks at cross-border enforcement from the point of view not only of practitioners, but of arbitrators and judges.

Part IV, on ‘special issues’ will be of special interest to practitioners and others, including the creators of intellectual property themselves. Especially relevant here are the chapters on IP and the Internet. ‘Challenges for the enforcement of copyright in the online world,’ reads one, and the other: ‘Time for a new approach.’

Although obviously of direct interest to IP lawyers, you don’t necessarily have to be an IP specialist to find the book directly relevant to your practice and your general knowledge of the law. Take for example the interesting observation in the book’s first chapter on enforcement of IP rights under US law.

The statement is made that US courts are more willing than ever ‘to contemplate extraterritorial application of U.S. intellectual property and to incorporate the realities of the global marketplace’.

Despite what the writer, Marshall Leaffer calls ‘the decline of territoriality’ there is apparently a reluctance in the US ‘to incorporate decisions of foreign courts into domestic legal culture.’ On this side of the Atlantic, both pro and anti- Europeans might make much of that.

As you might infer, the book offers practitioners much to contemplate on this very contemporary issue, which certainly impacts on a wide range of individual and corporate clients.
If you are an IP practitioner, you need this book in your library.

The publication date is cited as at 2014.


Water and the Law: Toward Sustainability (Iucn Academy of Environmental Law)
Water and the Law: Toward Sustainability (Iucn Academy of Environmental Law)
by Michael Kidd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £95.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Regulation of water, 16 Mar. 2015
WHY THE LAW’S REGULATION OF WATER CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF LIFE

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

We know that water means life and that there is no life without it. Yet many of us at least in Western Europe take the availability of water somewhat for granted, although we also know that we do so at our peril.

Water scarcity worldwide is becoming more of a problem than ever; its usage requires regulation and therefore the guiding hand of the law. Two of the four editors of this important book, Michael Kidd and Loretta Feris point out in their excellent introduction that while water is plentiful on this planet, only three per cent of it is fresh. (Who knew?)

Could this one factor set the stage for future conflicts, both regional and worldwide? As the answer is obvious, the need is also obvious to implement measures -- particularly legal measures -- that ensure proper sustainability of water resources.

Published recently by Edward Elgar, this book is the result of a colloquium convened in South Africa in 2011 by the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. ‘Water and the Law’ was the theme, which also became the title of this book. We believe it is worth quoting what we believe to be the editors’ key statements which elucidate the crux of the problems discussed:

‘The challenges that humankind is facing in relation to the water crisis are clearly not just to be faced by lawyers and the law, but the law can provide a regulatory framework, both internationally and domestically, within which these problems can be best addressed.’

Assisted by its almost two-dozen expert contributors, the text of this compilation of learned articles pivots around two aspects of water conservation. How can law can contribute to the sustainability of water itself – is the first question. The second concerns the law’s regulation of water and how such regulation can contribute to the sustainability of life on Earth.

The book’s fifteen articles are grouped under three sections. To sum up, Part I discusses transboundary water law. Part II examines domestic water governance and management and in Part III the discussion moves to issues relating to the right of access to water in, for example, both developed and developing countries.

While most water problems emerge as immediate, urgent and certainly local, this book offers a global perspective on the multiplicity of issues involved. This, therefore, is a global statement on the relationship between water and specific legal systems. It will be of interest not only to international and environmental lawyers, but also to those fascinated by the science behind water conservation and other sustainability issues.

With its extensive footnoting the book also functions as an immensely rich resource of further references to further information, which will certainly delight researchers. Environmental lawyers and environmentalists alike will welcome this book as a valuable contribution to the current literature on this vital subject.

The publication date is 2014.


European Competition Law: A Case Commentary (Elgar Commentaries Series)
European Competition Law: A Case Commentary (Elgar Commentaries Series)
by Weijer VerLoren van Themaat
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £225.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrative, 15 Mar. 2015
AN ILLUSTRATIVE, ENLIGHTENING AND DOWNRIGHT USEFUL CURRENT STATEMENT ON EUROPEAN COMPETITION LAW

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Recently launched by Edward Elgar Publishing, this book explains European Union competition law in detail, not by means of learned commentary by expert authors, but by actual quotes from relevant passages chosen and extracted from the massive body of EU jurisprudence.

In adopting this virtually unique approach, the two editors, together with nine other contributors, have produced rather a prodigious feat of scholarly research here. They have gone straight to the sources and done the legwork on European competition law, so to speak, so you don’t have to.

The book contains masses of quotes taken from the Commission and the EU courts which present article by article an overview of EU competition law jurisprudence.
The result is a useful and certainly time-saving tool for busy practitioners either involved with, or specializing in, EU competition law.

As the editors point out, the European Treaty rules on competition have provoked much thought, argument and ultimately, judgments. The aim of the book therefore is to explain these rules by placing them together with case extracts from the most important Commission decisions and court cases. The extracts, say the publishers, have been selected for their interpretive value in order to demonstrate clearly how the European Commission and the courts have actually interpreted competition rules.

The effect is certainly illustrative, enlightening and downright useful for the scholar or advocate. Exact quotes from original sources make for convincing evidence if you’re arguing a point with someone. Tracking down and quoting from source material is usually what distinguishes careful and accurate scholarship from the casual and slipshod. Being able, in this case, to apply the exact wording of the essential elements of important cases makes the presentation of advocacy all the more convincing.

Fortunately the wealth of material contained in this volume of over 900 pages is book is quite easy to navigate. The concise table of contents at the front is followed by an extended table of contents which, in precise detail indicates the logical two-part structure of the book.

Part 1 gives you the competition provisions of the EU Treaties and the main EU regulations on competition. Part 2 contains the relevant provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The extensive index at the back is useful for looking up specific subject matter and there is a formidable Table of Cases section of almost thirty-five pages.

As the concept behind this book has generated a monumental amount of research, it is obviously an invaluable research tool for the practitioner.

What is perhaps not quite so obvious is that it has been designed for everyday use, particularly for those advisers seeking formal authoritative source material to support legal analysis and argument. If you are involved professionally in advising on any aspect of EU competition law, this book should definitely be in your professional library.

The publication date is cited as at 18 March 2014.


CPAG's Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Legislation 2014/2015
CPAG's Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Legislation 2014/2015
by Lorna Findlay
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, 15 Mar. 2015
FOR HOUSING LAW PRACTITIONERS AND ADVISERS: INDISPENSABLE GUIDANCE ON HOUSING BENEFIT AND COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION NOW IN A NEW TWENTY-SEVENTH EDITION FROM THE CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Once again the admirable Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has launched this latest edition -- the twenty-seventh, no less -- of this massive, yet handy guide on (the title is self-explanatory) Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction 2014/2015.

Well established and highly regarded, the book makes a major and certainly vital contribution to the aims of the CPAG, which ‘promotes action for the prevention and relief of poverty among children and families with children.’

Part of the Group’s remit is to research, recommend and ultimately action whatever measures are deemed necessary to alleviate and ultimately eliminate child poverty. A main objective is to make sure that impoverished families get their full entitlements under the law.

This edition contains much that is new, a reflection of the fairly numerous developments that have emerged since publication of the previous edition. So if you are involved professionally in any way with advising clients as to how to maximize their benefit entitlements while minimizing their exposure to the often crippling burden of council tax levels, you’ll need to keep the current edition permanently to hand on your desk.

New material includes detailed commentary on tax reduction schemes in Scotland and Wales as well as England. The comparative provisions in these three regions are provided in tables at the beginning of the book. Another new development is the addition of a new Part 6 which covers the valuation tribunal regulations pertaining to council tax reduction.

Other changes centre on, for example, size criteria for the local housing allowance and the consequences for the disabled brought about by rent restriction schemes. Also discussed are the rules for transition from housing benefit to universal credit which have been amended.

There is also commentary on new decisions of the courts and the Upper Tribunal. We cite here only a few examples of the useful and authoritative commentary contained in this volume of almost 2,000 pages.

Produced by a team of experts in this ever changing and complex area of law, this book has become the standard text for any professional adviser, or student involved in this field, including lawyers and the relevant employees of local authorities and housing organizations.

As the CPAG points out, this book is used in all housing benefit cases coming before the First-Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).

And to assist hard-pressed advisers even further, this volume provides tables of cases, commissioners’ decisions and Upper Tribunal decisions. Also note the section on housing benefit regulations and the listings which summarize comparative provisions of tax reduction schemes in Scotland, England and Wales.

As a formidable research resource, this book can safely be described as indispensable for the professional practitioner in this field.

The publication date is cited as at 2014.


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