‘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.

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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.

Robin was shortlisted for awards as both ‘employment junior barrister of the year’ and ‘an outstanding personal contribution to diversity and inclusion’ at the 2021 Chambers Bar Awards.

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.


“I would urge the noble Baroness and others to take the trouble to have a look at the first textbook, legal textbook written on this subject … authored by Robin White of Old Square Chambers in London who is a trans-woman herself and extremely expert in cases arising from trans issues, and her colleague in the same chambers, Nicola Newbegin. And if noble Lords are suspicious about a lawyer in your Lordships number recommending the reading of a legal textbook, it’s not because I want to make your Lordships go to sleep whilst doing your reading before you go to bed at night, because it is actually one of the most fascinating textbooks written in recent years and has the virtue of being short as well. The issues which are described in that book, which are issues that have interested me since I introduced the first transexual rights bill into the other place when a member of it, have evolved greatly over the years.”
– Lord Carlile of Berriew in the House of Lords, 17th January 2022

“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 just finished ‘A Practical Guide to Transgender Law’ and it was excellent. As someone from a non-law (for now) background, I found it both accessible and informative, and it really filled an important gap in my knowledge.”
– JL, Politics student

“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