“But the law remains a labyrinth both for those who organise and take part in demonstrations and for those who must advise them. It is therefore a pleasure to welcome a book such as this; one that compendiously sets out the law relevant to protest. It will no doubt become a standard resource for campaigners and their advisers. Those that are well-informed will be better able to challenge the actions of the police and others who overstep the mark and seek to suppress the hard-won democratic right to peaceful dissent.”
Shami Chakrabarti and James Welch, Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties)
“Should you be looking to organise a protest, or even if you are just wanting to take part in one, Occupy Legal highly recommend purchasing ‘The Protest Handbook.’ The handbook is intended to promulgate the aspects of the law that those involved in protests will most commonly encounter sharing the expertise of the practitioner lawyers who wrote it.
Designed for lawyers with activists in mind, the Handbook takes the reader through the powers of police at protests, our rights and the procedures that we should expect in the police station, criminal court procedures, common offences and defences, occupations and how to hold the police to account. It is an important tool in the fight-back against over-zealous use of police power and aims to redress the balance ensuring our rights as protected in law are realised.” Occupy Legal, September 2012
“As unprecedented numbers take to the streets to engage in increasingly creative peaceful protest, we bear witness to rising instances of police hindering effective protest, often unlawfully. Having an understanding of protest law has never been so important, which is why The Protest Handbook is such an essential read for practitioner and protester alike.
Sharing the expertise of the practitioner lawyers who wrote it, this landmark handbook will assist groups looking to organise protests or individuals wanting to take part in one by making them aware of the law most relevant to them. It is only when informed protesters, supported by informed lawyers, work together to challenge unlawful interference with the exercise of their rights that those rights in law are truly realised.”