Past Events

Rights in the countryside – public and private rights of way, village greens, coastal access and shooting rights

17th Jul 2017

Join us for our next property seminar dealing with issues of importance to do with rights in the countryside.


The three-part seminar covers the following topics:

Karen Jones discusses how to know what public access rights exist, the implications of such rights on land use and development, how to avoid claims and deal with them when they are made.

Katie Gray asks: Does a right of way on foot allow access on horseback? Can I drive animals over this lane? Is my use of this farm track continuous and apparent? Establishing rights of way over rural land can be tricky. This talk seeks to provide those dealing with rural land with practical advice on identifying, proving, protecting and disputing the nature and extent of private rights of way, together with an analysis of the decision in Wood v Waddington [2015] EWCA Civ 538.

Sporting rights, independent of land ownership, can be a valuable commodity, and knowing what sporting rights exist is particularly important in the current climate with the increase of land in rural areas being allocated for housing development. Proposed change of use of the land may very well interfere with sporting rights and result in the inevitable expense of litigation. This talk by Rebecca Cattermole discusses how sporting rights may arise independently from ownership of the land and how they may come to an end.


  • 14:00 – Registration begins
  • 14:30 – Rights in the countryside – public and private rights of way, village greens, coastal access and shooting rights
  • 15:15 – Tea / coffee break
  • 15:30 – Don’t equestrian my right of way
  • 16:15 – Not very sporting of you!
  • 17:00 – Drinks reception


  • De Vere Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn, London, EC1N 2NQ


  • £50 + VAT
Team: Karen Jones, Katie Gray
Expertise: Agricultural Land, Land Registration (Registered & Unregistered Land), Public Rights of Way, Village Greens & Commons


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