‘A Practical Guide to Transgender Law’ by Robin Moira White & Nicola Newbegin


Paperback: 978-1-913715-66-3
Published: May 2021
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A comprehensive volume filling a notable gap in the legal library.

The book has introductory sections on the facts and language related to trans, and then substantial sections on the relevant parts of the Equality Act 2010 as related to transgender individuals, and the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Specialist sections then follow, dealing with Associations, Asylum, Criminal Justice, Data Protection, Education, Employment, Family, Healthcare, Media, Name and Gender Marker Change; Politics and Parliament, Prison, Services, Sport, Gender-critical views, Example Policies and Reform. Some sections have been written with assistance from recognised experts in their field.


ROBIN MOIRA WHITE of Old Square Chambers (1995 Call) became the first barrister to transition in practice at the discrimination bar in 2011 and has lectured and written extensively on transgender matters for both employers and employees. She has been recognised by Chambers and Partners as the ‘Go to’ lawyer for trans matters and has an extensive practice in heavyweight discrimination. She acted in the Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover case in 2020.

NICOLA NEWBEGIN of Old Square Chambers is a former solicitor who was called to the bar in 2008. As well as having a substantial employment and discrimination practice, including trans-related cases, she is recognised for her professional disciplinary practice, especially in healthcare. She has related interests in data protection and judicial review.


“A comprehensive account of the legal rights of transgender people, written in an engaging and authoritative style. The authors provide a compelling and, at times, eye-opening account of the development of the law … fills a significant gap in the market and provides employment practitioners with the knowledge they need to advise confidently in this area. The scope of the work transcends employment law, providing a full understanding of the issues transgender individuals face, both in and out of the workplace.”
– Review by Louise Mason in ELA Briefing, August 2021

“I’ve had a sneak preview of a couple of chapters of this. It’s not beach reading, but it is a straightforward guide to what causes so much angst on Twitter: what the law does and doesn’t say about the rights of trans people. I’m looking forward to getting the whole book.”
– Kate from South Uist


Chapter One – Understanding Trans
Chapter Two – The Equality Act 2010
Chapter Three – Gender Recognition Act 2004
Chapter Four – Associations, Clubs and Societies
Chapter Five – Asylum
Chapter Six – Criminal Justice
Chapter Seven – Data Protection and Confidentiality
Chapter Eight – Education
Chapter Nine – Employment
Chapter Ten – Family
Chapter Eleven – Healthcare
Chapter Twelve – Media
Chapter Thirteen – Name and Gender Marker Change
Chapter Fourteen – Politics and Parliament
Chapter Fifteen – Prisons
Chapter Sixteen – Provision of Services
Chapter Seventeen – Sport
Chapter Eighteen – Are Gender-Critical Views a Protected Belief?
Chapter Nineteen – Example Trans-Inclusive Policies
Chapter Twenty – Reform