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Public rights of way over private land: what are they?

Posted on 01st November 2023 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Property Litigation

One of the joys of living in the southwest is the access to the countryside that can be enjoyed. Many people will make regular use of the network of paths and trails - for the morning dog walk, for a lengthy weekend ramble or perhaps for something as simple as a shortcut to school – without ever giving their existence much thought.

Posted by

Joanne Young

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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Carry on Camping (but not everywhere….)

Posted on 10th September 2023 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Property Litigation

The right to wild camp on Dartmoor has been allowed under local law for decades until earlier this year when it was challenged by a local landowner. This insight takes a further look at the case in question where landowners argued that wild camping should not be classed as open-air recreation.

Posted by

Joanne Young

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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What is Biodiversity Net Gain and how to achieve it?

Posted on 31st July 2023 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Planning and Licensing

Biodiversity Net Gain (“BNG”) in the context of planning and development is the principle that development of land should leave the natural environment of those sites in a measurably better state than they were prior to the development taking place.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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How can you deal with illegal or unauthorised encampments?

Posted on 20th July 2021 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Parks, Affordable Housing

As we move into the school holidays, we are seeing an increase in instructions for removing unauthorised encampments from land. Given the lack of affordable housing, traveller sites and, now, holiday accommodation in hot spot areas, we expect to see a big rise in unauthorised encampments across popular visitor sites.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Farming estate succession planning

Posted on 04th February 2021 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Later Life Planning

Succession planning is an essential part of running a family farm business. Effectively planning for the future allows you to protect your assets, safeguard your business, ensure continuity and provide for your family. Succession planning in the farming industry is also vital to the sector's viability as a whole. In this post, we look at some of the key things you need to consider when succession planning for your farming estate.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Partner & Solicitor

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What is the Welsh flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy?

Posted on 05th January 2021 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Parks

The Welsh Government finalised their policy and strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management on 5th November 2020, replacing the previous 2011 strategy.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

What should be included in an allotment agreement?

Posted on 19th March 2020 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters

With increased interest in gardening, healthy living and with many modern homes having only a pocket handkerchief of a garden, allotments are gaining in popularity.

Posted by

Vernon Clarke

Partner and Solicitor

Insights

Horse dealers warranties

Posted on 11th June 2018 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

The term “dealer” could apply to anyone selling even a single horse if they have a horse-related business. They don’t have to be an actual horse dealer in the traditional sense.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Buying a horse via an agent

Posted on 01st June 2018 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

The use of agents when buying and selling horses is commonplace.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Guide to the Consumer Rights Act and buying a horse

Posted on 21st September 2017 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

Has the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA), which replaces the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (SGA) from October 2015, put buyers in a better position to reject a horse after purchase? 

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Control of Horses Act 2015

Posted on 01st June 2017 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

A new law is now available to tackle the problem of fly-grazing in England.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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What is the difference between agricultural use and Equestrian use?

Posted on 02nd November 2015 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Planning and Licensing, Dispute Resolution

You own land which you want to use for equestrian purposes. You need to be aware of the planning legislation on keeping horses on agricultural land. Failure to comply with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA) could result in enforcement action.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor