‘A Practical Guide to Antisocial Behaviour Injunctions’ by Iain Wightwick


Paperback: 978-1-912687-21-3
Published: July 2019
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The control of nuisance and anti-social behaviour has become a focus of government interest over the last few decades. English law has taken large steps forward compared with many other jurisdictions. With good planning and preparation, many types of behaviour can now be controlled or prevented. The most recent statutory help comes from the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”).

This guide provides legal practitioners, social landlords, the police, tenants and their advisors with a practical guide to the current law governing the control of anti-social behaviour in England and Wales using Injunctions made under the 2014 Act (“ASBIs”). In a comprehensive, yet accessible format this guide aims to help the reader navigate some of the common challenges associated with the control of nuisance in publicly and privately-owned housing and elsewhere by the use of ‘ASBIs’.


Iain Wightwick is a barrister at Unity Street Chambers in Bristol. He is a specialist property lawyer, with particular interest in landlord and tenant issues and in general work, especially social housing with a focus on neighbour nuisance and related anti-social behaviour matters (‘neighbours from hell’), housing disrepair, homelessness, general social and private sector housing law. As part of his caseload, he is often instructed to pursue claims for ASBIs and for ASB-related possession and is occasionally briefed on behalf of defendants. Many of the disputes include consideration of issues relating to disabilities and to the Equality Act. He has thirty years’ experience of acting for social landlords and tenants and a reputation for creative, cost-controlling approaches to litigation and to alternative dispute resolution.


Introduction – Why Statutory Help Is Necessary to Control Nuisance
Chapter One – ‘Passing Go’ – The Basics
Chapter Two – Satisfying the Threshold Tests
Chapter Three – Is It ‘Just and Convenient’?
Chapter Four – Gathering Evidence
Chapter Five – Applications for Injunctions
Chapter Six – Prohibitions and Requirements
Chapter Seven – Interim Injunctions
Chapter Eight – Interim Hearings
Chapter Nine – Applications Without Notice
Chapter Ten – The Final Hearing
Chapter Eleven – Arrest Without Warrant
Chapter Twelve – Issue of Arrest Warrants
Chapter Thirteen – Preparation for Committals, First Hearings and Remands
Chapter Fourteen – Committal Hearings and Sentencing
Chapter Fifteen – Variation and Discharge
Chapter Sixteen – Other Remedies