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Council Tax Handbook 2015-16 (Child Poverty Action Group)
Council Tax Handbook 2015-16 (Child Poverty Action Group)
by Child Poverty Action Group
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS CPAG HANDBOOK REMAINS THE MOST WIDELY USED AND THE BEST PRACTICAL GUIDE COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF THE COUNCIL TAX FOR 2016, 1 Mar. 2016
THIS CPAG HANDBOOK REMAINS THE MOST WIDELY USED AND THE BEST PRACTICAL GUIDE COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF THE COUNCIL TAX FOR 2016

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

Yes, this is a book about yet another tax from Westminster and this one crept through Parliament in the aftermath of “Thatcher’s hated Poll Tax”. In other words it is one of the regular cyclical attempts by politicians over the centuries to take more money from us to fill their coffers. The fiscal phoenix rising from the current ashes is called the “Council Tax” and is money taken for services provided to local residents (forget the support grants from central government).

One thing which many voters also disapprove of with the introduction of the council tax is the method used by local authorities to deal with non-payers: those who don’t want to pay or can’t pay. Yes, you get it! There is another privilege for the State in litigation, this time via the “liability order”. Wouldn’t it be a great system if we could all go to magistrates for a liability order when we don’t get paid… but that is another story about the unevenness of enforcement actions!

We are where we are however for when opponents of this additional bureaucratic tier of tax lost the parliamentary debate trying to stop it, the council tax and its spurious ‘local’ link for revenue collection for community services persists even with reductions in the support grants from the Treasury so we need to know what to do with this special tax.

So this handbook gives to us as practitioners, advisers, MPs, councillors, and counsellors probably the best of all the guides which the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) regularly publish to help us in this area of social and welfare law.

We hope every law centre, library and CAB has copy of the new 11th edition for 2016 put together for us by Alan Murdie and Paul Moorhouse and which illustrates how the council tax works in one of the most succinct explanations we have seen for years.

The new “Council Tax Handbook” for 2016 has been fully revised and updated to take account of all recent changes to legislation, practice and procedure, and with expanded information about council reduction schemes.

We agree with the main observation that the new edition of this handbook continues to be the standard guide for use by administrators, advisers and others needing to understand how the scheme works in detail. The handbook makes it so much easier especially when you have to deal with officialdom.

The Handbook covers all the main questions: who is liable and who is exempt from paying council tax; how homes are valued for council tax purposes and how valuations can be changed; discounts and the new reduction schemes; the position of students; the powers of local authorities; tax collection, appeals, enforcement and, most importantly, bailiffs' powers.

The law is correct as at 16th December 2015 and includes regulations laid up to this date. Thank you CPAG.


Crime in Fact and Fiction
Crime in Fact and Fiction
by Brian P Block
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars REALITY AND HOW CRIME IS PORTRAYED IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA:, 29 Feb. 2016
REALITY AND HOW CRIME IS PORTRAYED IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA:
A MOST WELCOME ANALYSIS FROM BRIAN BLOCK

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

We do not normally start a book at the end but “Crime in Fact and Fiction” finishes with this beautiful insight: “we seek in crime fiction that which we often lack in real life, and sometimes we find it”. So, really it should also be the start of Brian Block’s excellent little whirl around modern crime stories which we all find so fascinating.

Whatever your view about television programmes today, there will usually be something covering the main issues of crime and punishment to feast your eyes on as the love affair with the criminal mystery continues to appeal to a very wide audience indeed. The problem, which is well highlighted by Block in this excellent book from Waterside Press, who specialise in putting justice into words, is well-worth exploring further in his highly readable short work.

Block is both a scholar and a retired magistrate who comes to his task with a relish producing a fascinating read for both the professional and the lay person alike- we all have our own views on crime and punishment and our likes and dislikes when it comes to a mystery.

The author writes in conclusion that “it should be borne in mind that when people write novels, short stories, plays films or television shows they have a number of aims but one aim is important about all: entertainment”.

And that, of course, is where the problem lies for a court of law is not a place of entertainment as Rumpole is often reminded by more forthright members of the judiciary! For quite a few people, though, they cannot differentiate between fact and fiction and between actors and the characters they portray which can become the bane of an actor’s life, especially if they play the ‘baddie’. Block’s final point is most telling when we find in crime fiction that which we often lack in real life, and sometimes we find it. Too true and where the blurring occurs between fact and fiction!

And there is another angle to fact and fiction which has been doing the rounds since the 1960s although its origins go back much further: opinion forming and copycat behaviour. It is not fashionable to suggest that some forms of crime fiction affect behaviour but there are the occasional unfortunate examples which we all know about.
We don’t want to spoil the reader’s delight in going through the detailed contents of this title so we will not give away its secrets but we can assure you that all your own favourites are given a passing mention although Brian will have plenty of extra material to review each autumn when the new tv season starts and, guess what, we will have both fact and fiction and the new “faction” of docu-dramas thrown in.

The passing comment, by way of a bit of levity at the end of the introduction is “the chapters that follow select and discuss a variety of films, books and plays; indicate how some of the problems associated with the conceptual nature of legal terminology are totally ignored and ask- and possibly answer – the question: ‘Does it matter?’ For entertainment “no”, but, for the real world “yes”! Thank you for this great read, Brian.


Human Rights and Corporate Wrongs: Closing the Governance Gap (Corporations, Globalisation and the Law Series)
Human Rights and Corporate Wrongs: Closing the Governance Gap (Corporations, Globalisation and the Law Series)
by Simon Baughen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £80.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT NEW RESOURCE COVERING BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS WITH A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF CASE LAW, 29 Feb. 2016
A GREAT NEW RESOURCE COVERING BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS WITH A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF CASE LAW

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

The world of human rights grows apace with a range of new titles now available for professional and advisers at all levels. Edward Elgar never disappoints us and their new series covers “Corporations, Globalisation and the Law”- very much a core area for us in the early twenty-first century. So we welcome a new book by Simon Baughen at the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law based at Swansea University’s College of Law and Criminology. Its title is “Human Rights and Corporate Wrongs- Closing the Governance Gap”.

The outcome of Baughen’s careful and scholastic study is “an examination of the effects of globalisation linked together with the increase in foreign investment and resource development covering the developing world.” The conclusions “have created a context for human rights abuses by States in which transnational corporations are complicit” which forms the main mission of this thesis and its modern approach.

It is clearly a timely title of benefit to a wide readership which readers at many levels will find an absorbing read. The author investigates how these ‘governance gaps’ as they are described and identified by Professor John Ruggie, may be closed. Baughen then examines the status of corporations under international law, the civil liability of corporations for their participation in international crimes and self-regulation through voluntary codes of conduct including the most important 2011 United Nations Guiding Principles.

“Human Rights and Corporate Wrongs” covers an in-depth analysis of all the key legal issues which require investigation and it examines a variety of immediate hard issues including: the Alien Tort Statute litigation against transnational corporations in the United States of America; the use of customary international law as a cause of action in jurisdictions outside America; and tort litigation against transnational corporations in both America and Britain.

Baughen offers an excellent evaluation of how governance gaps may be closed. He describes the process as “building on a critical analysis of the place of home States, host States and transnational corporations under international law and of the UN Guiding Principles and other ‘soft law’ initiatives” with detailed academic coverage for those wishing for a deeper exploration.

As Elgar says, the book is essential reading for postgraduate students and academics in human rights and corporate governance. We feel that it also give comprehensive insights for practitioners involved in the different types of non-governmental organisations.

The author’s final comment gives us all some pause for thought- “corporate human rights policies and non-legal grievance mechanisms on their own will not be enough to close the government gap”. That statement is enough for a sequel! Thank you, Simon.


New Thinking in Islam: The Jihad for Freedom, Democracy and Women's Rights: 1
New Thinking in Islam: The Jihad for Freedom, Democracy and Women's Rights: 1
by Katajun Amirpur
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A “LITMUS TEST” WORK OF SCHOLARSHIP OFFERING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING IN 21st CENTURY ATTITUDES TOWARDS WOMEN ACROSS THE CULTURES, 29 Feb. 2016
A “LITMUS TEST” WORK OF SCHOLARSHIP OFFERING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING IN 21st CENTURY ATTITUDES TOWARDS WOMEN ACROSS THE CULTURES

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

Professor Amirpur is to be congratulated for her courage in researching these fundamental and pressing issues in Islam for a western audience. There has never been a more important time when such issues could be researched without the threat of serious intellectual difficulty arising because the subject matter remains “off limits” for many for many different reasons although the debate has rumbled along for many years.

Whether those reading “New Thinking in Islam” feel this work is merely a smokescreen which continues to cover up dictatorial practices against women or to justify such practices internationally may be in for a bit of a surprise: it isn’t.

In essence, the only way to attempt to understand what the words “freedom”, “democracy” and “women’s rights” actual mean today to some cultures is to review the interpretation of these words from their own standpoint… if that is possible in view of the sorts of practice conducted against women in some countries in 2016. Therefore, an open mind is essential but the book more than makes up for any misgivings one might have with its very high scholastic quality and content.

So what has Amirpur actually achieved here with her thesis? The general statements explaining the purpose of the book argue, she says, “that the West’s impression of Islam as a backward-looking faith, resistant to post-Enlightenment thinking, is misleading and—due to its effects on political discourse—damaging.”

In eight chapters, the author introducing us to the key thinkers and activists: commentators like Abu Zaid, a free-thinking Egyptian Qur’an scholar; Abdolkarim Soroush, an academic and former member of Khomeini’s Cultural Revolution Committee; and Amina Wadud, an American feminist who was the first woman to lead the faithful in Friday Prayer.

Amirpur authoritatively describes a powerful yet lesser-known tradition of inquiry and dissent within Islam, one that is committed to democracy and human rights and may well be the forerunner for change. By examining these and many other similar figures’ ideas, the Professor reveals “the many ways they reject fundamentalist assertions and instead call for a diversity of opinion, greater freedom, and equality of the sexes.”

We are, in some peoples’ eyes, on very dangerous ground here, of course, where freedom of expression is limited. In her Foreword, Amirpur says that no book about reform in Islam “can do without women’s voices; it must pose the question about women”.

She then goes on to quote Abu Zaid who “once called it the litmus test for Islam in the modern world” citing this view from Asghar Ali Engineer: “Muslim intellectuals, activists and academics today have to recognize that they bear a heavy moral responsibility. They must play an active role in defending the rights of Muslims collectively. For that reason, the real test is always how these intellectuals pose the question of women. As long as they do not regard it as an important matter- perhaps the most important of all – they cannot be called engaged intellectuals”.

And so it may come to pass that the day will arrive soon when some decisions liberating women will, rather than might, happen: the righting of a fundamental wrong. Our conclusion is that books like “New Thinking in Islam” and other works act as an acceleration for intellectual notice to be taken in this area of much needed reform and change will come this century. Thank you Professor Amirpur.


Foundations for the LPC 2015-16 19/e (Legal Practice Course Guide)
Foundations for the LPC 2015-16 19/e (Legal Practice Course Guide)
by Clare Firth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST CLASS LEGAL SUPPORT MATERIALS FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 28 Feb. 2016
FIRST CLASS LEGAL SUPPORT MATERIALS FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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

The Oxford University Press, through their main publications for practitioners and academics, and also with their online services including Law Trove, offer students detailed information which can be well trusted as OUP are highly reliable providers of some of the most useful legal learning materials around.

We do not normally review many of the main core texts but we do recommend their excellent title “Foundations for the LPC” for 2015-2016 which covers the compulsory foundation areas of the Legal Practice Course as set out in the LPC outcomes. These include the following: professional conduct, tax and revenue law, and wills and administration of estates.

This book also discusses human rights law, a topic now taught across the LPC course in view of its importance in every aspect of law. The authors have created worked examples and scenarios throughout to illustrate the key points they wish to make which is essential for a successful learning outcome to the LPC course.

We recognise that this guide is an essential reading tool for all learners and it is also a most useful reference source for practitioners as it is so easy to forget things! To aid understanding and to test the understanding of the core material for the course, checkpoints and summaries feature in every chapter. Of particular help is the “Online Resource Centre” with the resources which now accompany the text including useful web links, forms, and diagrams which can be updated so much more quickly with this new interactive facility fast becoming the norm for legal teaching.

“Foundations for the LPC” features coverage of the following areas of study set out in the contents: the essential elements of the law and the areas which impact upon legal practice are covered in detail, offering all of the information needed to enable learners and tutors to work through these compulsory areas easily; the diagrams, flowcharts, examples, and specimen forms to ensure that the law is put into context, enabling learners to understand the practical application of the law; The checkpoints and summaries which allow learners to access the key points quickly (a most important forensic skill) and provide a useful reference tool for summarizing knowledge and revising the covered topics; the diagrams from the book are available to tutors through the Online Resource Centre in a format that can be used both in the classroom and in handouts so it makes our lives as teachers much easier; and access to the digital version of this book comes with every purchase to enable a more flexible learning experience and is now very much in keeping with what modern students expect with their learning materials.

The new edition for the current academic year is fully revised and updated in accordance with the requirements of the SRA and LPC learning outcomes. The authors have revised the book’s structure to ensure that the manual covers all the relevant practical law and financial information necessary for LPC students.

The team of writers has now changed but we would like to mention the work of Zoe Ollerenshaw (whom many will know) who has now stepped down as an author as a new team takes over. We feel that the work still retains its overall and outstanding status as one of a number of OUP manuals which continue to maintain the highest teaching standards to make the lives of both students and tutors that much easier. Thank you, Zoe and the new team.


Serial Killers and the Phenomenon of Serial Murder: A Student Textbook
Serial Killers and the Phenomenon of Serial Murder: A Student Textbook
by David Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.50

5.0 out of 5 stars AN IMPORTANT NEW BOOK FROM WATERSIDE PRESS COVERING ONE OF THE MOST UNSAVORY AREAS OF LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY: SERIAL KILLERS, 28 Feb. 2016
AN IMPORTANT NEW BOOK FROM WATERSIDE PRESS COVERING ONE OF THE MOST UNSAVORY AREAS OF LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY: SERIAL KILLERS

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

This is not a student textbook for the squeamish criminologist! Or, especially for those learners who currently attend further or higher education and have that magnificently absurd view when deciding on what we can and cannot discuss in our students’ unions in the event that the subject matter or topic is politically incorrect.

This particular book from Waterside Press breaks the mould by using a criminological basis throughout its nine chapter headings to investigate what is rightly termed a “phenomenon” and such books are worthy of serious study for any undergraduate embarking on a course of study in theoretical criminology as the publishers really are putting justice into words.

Writing in the Foreword, Steve Hall describes the book as “a student-friendly and practitioner-friendly primer” that lays out the whole issue of serial killing and “its underlying contexts in a very clear and comprehensive text”. We found this particular title to be a deep and insightful book which addresses specific issues competently with useful referencing throughout and which requires some understanding of introductory criminological methods and models.

Hall also comments that “the framework deployed in this book moves beyond biology and psychology- whilst not ignoring their insights- to construct a contextualized victim-centered structural analysis of vulnerability”. He continues commenting that “the argument in this book does not preach from any typical standpoint position” whilst it does acknowledge “insights from such positions and leaves them open to debate” which will encourage further criminological research.

The book also introduces learners to empirical complexity whilst avoiding dogma and nit being too heavy with criminological theory. Hall is right to say that the authors offer students a “gentle introduction that poses important questions as it hits the ball into their court” (an interesting tennis analogy!)

We began this review with the perplexing problem of freedom of expression in our universities where elements of censorship are appearing in the more closed minds of some students- with that point in mind, “Serial Killers and the Phenomenon of Serial Murder” doesn’t “close the students’ minds in the reductionist way that some standpoint positions do but opens them in a way that will encourage further reading and independent and progressive thought about one of the most disturbing and impenetrable of all criminological issues”. The revision questions and bibliography are also most helpful addition materials.

The final word is best left to the authors in their introduction: “we study serial killing and serial killers because in their actions we begin to understand better our culture, our values and our civil society. For us, serial killing emerges as the elephant in the sitting room of public policies that create a culture of “them” and “us” and a society where there is a widening gap between the “haves” and “have nots”. This is the value of the book for the criminologist and well-worth a reading and a re-reading.


Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook
Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook
by Steve Broach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £50.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A PRACTICAL LEGAL STATEMENT FROM THE LEGAL ACTION GROUP ON FURTHERING THE INTERESTS OF DISABLED CHILDREN, 27 Feb. 2016
A PRACTICAL LEGAL STATEMENT FROM THE LEGAL ACTION GROUP ON FURTHERING THE INTERESTS OF DISABLED CHILDREN

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

This new second edition from the Legal Action Group on welfare law is very much welcomed for the substantial effort which has been put in by the authors, Steve Broach, Luke Clements and Janet Read, to update this important work. They explain in succinct and practical ways the legal rights of some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society, namely disabled children.

The legal principles in relation to this important group of people are highly complex and frequently misunderstood by organisations and specialists who have duties and responsibilities towards them. Many families are often frustrated because they lack essential information about legal matters which substantially affect their lives and about the ways the law might be used to assist them and this is where LAG steps in as the provider of very well explained material.
The highly experienced authors have expertly set out the many, often overlapping, sources of law, explaining the differences between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do which will be of great assistance to parents.
The second edition provides detailed coverage of the changes in the law on special educational needs and disability (SEND) included in Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice, including education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Other important areas covered are the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance (2015) and local authority social care duties to disabled children. It also discusses the changes to the National Health Service introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 impact on disabled children.

There is detailed information for those seeking advice on how to obtain suitable housing for disabled children and their families under the Housing Act 1996, plus a welcome new chapter on decision-making and mental capacity and revised information on transition to adulthood and on the provision of services for young people under 25.

A new chapter on legal remedies through tribunals, judicial review, ombudsmen and complaints procedures men and complaints procedures is also included to assist access to justice.
We consider that this book is essential and fundamental reading for those working with disabled children and their families in charitable, independent or statutory sectors. It is highly relevant to advisers, advocates, lawyers, social and health care professionals and for academic study and a must for your legal library.

Above all, this book is written for families with disabled children and disabled children and young people themselves to provide information about legal matters which substantially affect their lives and about the ways the law might be used to assist them. Thank you LAG.

The law is as stated as at 1st November 2015.


The Rule of Law in the 21st Century: A Worldwide Perspective
The Rule of Law in the 21st Century: A Worldwide Perspective
by Justice Richard J Goldstone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £75.00

5.0 out of 5 stars NEW FROM GLOBE AND THE IBA:, 26 Feb. 2016
NEW FROM GLOBE AND THE IBA:
AN INSPIRING COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE RULE OF LAW BY TOP INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTORS

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

The rule of law: in free countries you know about it, but it takes volumes to discuss and define it, including this one – a new, important and authoritative publication from Globe Law and Business.

The most succinct description of the rule of law, quoted by co-editor Robert A. Stein comes from Aristotle who described it in essence as ‘a government by laws and not by men.’

Enshrined in Magna Carta in 1215, the rule of law has proved a controversial and fragile concept over the centuries. Dictators then as now don’t like it. But almost miraculously in the teeth of formidable opposition and a lot of bloodshed, it has survived. Drive past Runnymede on the banks of the Thames -- where the despotic King John reluctantly sealed Magna Carta in 1215 -- and note the signage proclaiming ‘Eight-hundred Years of the Rule of Law’. Then, after you’ve done that, read this book.

As the publishers point out, the book seeks to offer ‘a better understanding of the rule of law as an important concept, which, they add, is ‘humankind’s best hope for freedom and justice.’ Here you have a compendium of expert and thoughtful discussion on the rule of law contained within some thirteen articles by a selection of leading authorities worldwide.

The article on Magna Carta and the rule of law, for example, includes penetrating and insightful commentary by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, current President of the UK Supreme Court, and Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, the First President of the UK Supreme Court, together with former presidents of the American Bar Association, William C. Hubbard and James R Silkenat and leading barrister Hilary Heilbron QC.

It’s fair to say that there isn’t a contributor to this book that isn’t similarly distinguished. The various contributions cover such topics pertaining to the rule of law as economic sustainability… the challenge and threat of corruption… women’s issues of equality and inequality… the implications of culture youth and neuroscience… and of course, much more.

Writing in the Foreword, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg refers to Magna Carta and the ‘twin pillars’ of the rule of law: ‘the supremacy of the law over the will of the king -- and an independent, incorruptible judiciary, sworn to render judgments in accord with the law of the land.’

As the subtitle indicates, this book offers a useful international perspective on the rule of law itself, its implications worldwide and the theory and practice by which it may, or might, be introduced and implemented across a range of jurisdictions.

Academics, students and general readers, as well as lawyers worldwide will find this book, with its timely reappraisal of the rule of law, particularly informative and inspiring. Also note the four appendices, which include the Constitution of the United States.

Published on behalf of the International Bar Association in 2015, this book should be regarded as an essential purchase for the well-stocked law library.


Trading Standards
Trading Standards
by Jonathan Kirk QC
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars New edition....., 24 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Trading Standards (Paperback)
“THE PINK BOOK” 2015
A MOMENTOUS YEAR FOR CONSUMER RIGHTS… AND PINK IS STILL THE FAVOURED COLOUR FOR THIS FINE STATEMENT ON ITS LAW AND PRACTICE

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

Writing in the Foreword to the fourth edition of Jordan’s “Consumer and Trading Standards”, or the “Pink Book”, as it is known to many, Baroness Crawley pays all involved high praise indeed. She writes that “it will be of great benefit to those who need to be better informed about the range of measures designed to protect consumers and support honest traders”, and how right she is!

To many lay people, consumer and trading standards are regarded as confusing and technical areas in both law and practice and regularly misunderstood by many in this field. Authors Bryan Lewin MBE and Jonathan Kirk QC have therefore undertaken a special task this time around with what they describe as the seismic shift in domestic legislation with the passage of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

This legislation has also been described as the “biggest shake up of consumer law for a generation” by the Business Secretary… so it is some task that has been undertaken and it is right to thank Jordan Publishing for producing this new timely edition! One thing is clear to us as practitioners and that is the debt we owe the specialist legal publishing houses for the titles they print as it makes our lives so much easier when we have all the necessary legal materials in one place.

Baroness Crawley also makes some interesting points, writing that “in this climate of change it is opportune to recall that the consumer protection ethos of modern-day trading standards has derived largely from a critical point in our constitutional history.” Step forward Magna Carta!

And it is most appropriate that the 800th anniversary of “The Great Charter” reminds us all that it crystalized the need of consumers for certainty with this wonderful quote: “let there be one measure of wine throughout the whole kingdom, and one measure of ale; and one measure of corn; and one width of cloth.” We believe that this little gem of a statement captures this area of law nicely with its imagery.

Crawley adds that this uniformity set out has been “the bedrock of fairness and commercial evolution” since the 12th century. She also acknowledges that “it has been observed by jurists for centuries that, for the rule of law to exist, it must be observed”. And her conclusion sums up much of the current legal concerns around by saying that in the realm of consumer protection sensible funding is required “to ensure robust, but proportionate, enforcement”… and there is the rub!

In over 800 pages, rather like the number of years since Magna Carta, the Pink Book remains of great benefit to those practitioners who need to be better informed about the range of measures we have today structured to protect consumers and support honest traders and that is exactly what Lewin and Kirk have produced for us here. Thank you.


Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice
Consumer and Trading Standards: Law and Practice
by B Lewin
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars New edition...., 24 Feb. 2016
“THE PINK BOOK” 2015
A MOMENTOUS YEAR FOR CONSUMER RIGHTS… AND PINK IS STILL THE FAVOURED COLOUR FOR THIS FINE STATEMENT ON ITS LAW AND PRACTICE

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

Writing in the Foreword to the fourth edition of Jordan’s “Consumer and Trading Standards”, or the “Pink Book”, as it is known to many, Baroness Crawley pays all involved high praise indeed. She writes that “it will be of great benefit to those who need to be better informed about the range of measures designed to protect consumers and support honest traders”, and how right she is!

To many lay people, consumer and trading standards are regarded as confusing and technical areas in both law and practice and regularly misunderstood by many in this field. Authors Bryan Lewin MBE and Jonathan Kirk QC have therefore undertaken a special task this time around with what they describe as the seismic shift in domestic legislation with the passage of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

This legislation has also been described as the “biggest shake up of consumer law for a generation” by the Business Secretary… so it is some task that has been undertaken and it is right to thank Jordan Publishing for producing this new timely edition! One thing is clear to us as practitioners and that is the debt we owe the specialist legal publishing houses for the titles they print as it makes our lives so much easier when we have all the necessary legal materials in one place.

Baroness Crawley also makes some interesting points, writing that “in this climate of change it is opportune to recall that the consumer protection ethos of modern-day trading standards has derived largely from a critical point in our constitutional history.” Step forward Magna Carta!

And it is most appropriate that the 800th anniversary of “The Great Charter” reminds us all that it crystalized the need of consumers for certainty with this wonderful quote: “let there be one measure of wine throughout the whole kingdom, and one measure of ale; and one measure of corn; and one width of cloth.” We believe that this little gem of a statement captures this area of law nicely with its imagery.

Crawley adds that this uniformity set out has been “the bedrock of fairness and commercial evolution” since the 12th century. She also acknowledges that “it has been observed by jurists for centuries that, for the rule of law to exist, it must be observed”. And her conclusion sums up much of the current legal concerns around by saying that in the realm of consumer protection sensible funding is required “to ensure robust, but proportionate, enforcement”… and there is the rub!

In over 800 pages, rather like the number of years since Magna Carta, the Pink Book remains of great benefit to those practitioners who need to be better informed about the range of measures we have today structured to protect consumers and support honest traders and that is exactly what Lewin and Kirk have produced for us here. Thank you.


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