Traveller Injunctions


Theme: Civil Litigation

25 September 2018, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Geldards Nottingham


Presented by Sharpe Pritchard

Course overview

A consideration of the legal and practical issues surrounding unauthorised encampments on local authority and privately owned land.

Suitable audience:

Local authority legal advisers

Overview and topics to be covered include:

Unauthorised Encroachment:

• Local authority powers to remove unauthorised encroachments/encampments including examining the effectiveness of the different legal procedures available to local authorities to remove individuals from local authority owned land and privately owned land. Emergency/interim injunctions, permanent injunctions, Service, breach and committal, Pitfalls to avoid.
• Post eviction – local authority powers if the same or different groups of individuals return to the same land.
• Police powers to remove – when can/should local authorities involve the police.
• Best practice for tackling unlawful encampments.
• Liaison with other agencies.
• Welfare issues.
• Preventative measures available to local authorities.
• Draft statement workshop

Interactive elements

The course will include a discussion forum and a draft statement workshop.

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement
B Technical legal practice
B2 Legal research
B4 Draft documents
B5 Advocacy
B6 Negotiation
C Working with other people
C1 Communicate clearly and effectively
D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

William Rose, Sharpe Pritchard is a specialist in dispute resolution and conducts commercial litigation for private clients, local government and a considerable number of local authorities.

He specialises in obtaining injunctions to prevent breaches of planning control, and has obtained well in excess of 100 injunctions including many cases involving gypsies and travellers.

Caroline Bolton is a barrister at Radcliffe Chambers with a busy local government practice. Caroline is counsel of choice for many local authorities seeking injunctions in relation to unauthorised encampments pursuant to section 222 Local Government Act 1972 and section 187B Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Recent instructions include the leading case of Harlow DC v Stokes & Ors. [2015] EWHC 953 (QB), where the court granted the first borough-wide injunction prohibiting named Defendants from forming unauthorised encampments anywhere within the district of Harlow and Runnymede v Boyd & Ors., in which she successfully obtained the continuation of a section 187B injunction preventing 13 travellers’ families developing a caravan site in the green belt without planning consent.

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