Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act

Speaker: Marc Willers QC and Rhiannon Craft Phd
Chambers: Garden Court Chambers

Marc Willers QC is the leading barrister with specialist knowledge regarding law affecting Gypsies and Travellers in the UK. Marc has made a significant impact on this area of practice, and will be appearing in the Supreme Court later in the year. In 2019, Marc was named Times Lawyer of the Week after defeating an application by Bromley Council for an injunction which would effectively ban Gypsies and Travellers from an entire borough. This is considered a landmark case. He is also the co-editor of Gypsy and Traveller Law (3rd edition, 2020 LAG).

Rhiannon Craft is an academic (PhD Sociology at Cardiff University) and co-founder of Bristol Vehicles for Change. She has a strong interest in the ways in which legal frameworks shape the everyday lives of people living in vehicles.

This is an informative (accessible) FREE video that was made through a collaboration between Travellers, academics and lawyers. 10 key questions and answers are presented in order to outline the impact of Part 4 of The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act on all Travellers and vehicle dwellers. It is essential viewing for all Travellers, legal practitioners, and other stakeholders and supporters.

Key words/topics:

  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Vehicle Dwellers
  • The Police Courts Sentencing and Crime Act
  • Criminalisation of Trespass
  • Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • Human Rights
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Protected Characteristics

More about Marc Willers QC:

Marc Willers QC specialises in the following areas: planning and environmental law; public and administrative law; civil liberties, human rights and discrimination; Gypsy, Traveller and Roma law.

He is recommended in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2021 and the Legal 500 in planning law, environmental law and civil liberties & human rights.

Marc won the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award in 2011 and he was Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers between 2016 – 2020. Marc is a member of the Irish Bar, and he is also registered with the Bar Council for public access work and assists private clients in all the areas of his expertise.

Away from the Bar, Marc is a member of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) Board, a Trustee of Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) and the Chair of the Advisory Board to the Travellers Equality and Justice Project (TEJP), a collaborative project between the University College Cork (UCC) School of Law and the Free Legal Advice Centre in Ireland.

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