Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

LB Barking & Dagenham and others v Persons Unknown and others

[2022] EWCA Civ 13, 13 January 2022

Over the last 6 years, some 38 councils in England have obtained what have become known as ‘borough-wide’ injunctions prohibiting ‘persons unknown’ from camping on numerous sites and large swathes of public land within the boundaries of each local authority. Such injunctions have a disproportionate effect on nomadic Gypsies and Travellers, particularly given the long-standing shortage of lawful sites for them to camp on.