Children Law: An Interdisciplinary Handbook
Charles Prest and Stephen Wildblood QC, Family Law
ISBN 0853089442, £45
STAR RATING: 3/5
Potential buyers should be aware that this is a specialist legal reference book – it is not an introduction to children law, writes Russell Holland.
It covers children law purely within the family justice system and is arranged by the nature of materials provided (statutes, statutory instruments, case law) and not by topic. As such it is not as accessible as some legal textbooks with cases and materials, but is more comprehensive in terms of sources provided so will be highly useful to those working within the family justice system.
The key strength is the extensive range of primary sources of statutes, practice directions and case law. As such the handbook serves as a complete and well-structured reference tool for access to key legal material, beginning by reference to relevant international law.
While each chapter contains an overview designed for non-lawyers, the layout is unimaginative and can be a bit daunting for those new to the law. But for law students or those with some experience in this area, the overviews will provide more in-depth specialist insights than general texts on family law.
Russell Holland, Bar Pro Bono Unit