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Information on the law of commons and town / village greens from Vivian Chapman QC and Paul Wilmshurst, Barristers at 9 Stone Buildings – Contact on 020 7404 5055

Information about Vivian Chapman QC and Paul Wilmshurst in the areas of commons and village greens

If you would like discuss instructing Vivian Chapman QC or Paul Wilmshurst in a case then we will be pleased to discuss this. Please contact the Senior Clerk Alan Austin [ or … Continue reading



We are pleased to announce a London seminar to take place on 29 June 2015. The seminar will focus on village greens, rights of way, commons and open spaces. For further … Continue reading

April 29, 2015

Supreme Court allows appeal in Newhaven

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal in R (on the app. of Newhaven Port and Properties Limited) v East Sussex County Council and another. The issues raised by the appellant … Continue reading

April 5, 2015

Gaining vehicular access routes over statutory commons to enable adjacent development: Court of Appeal hands developers a victory in Evans v Wimbledon & Putney Commons Conservators (By Paul Wilmshurst)

Evans v Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators [2014] EWCA Civ 940 The Appellant before the Court of Appeal was a local resident and co-founder of the friends of Putney Common … Continue reading

February 23, 2015

Case update: user “as of right” when the definitive map is wrong (by Paul Wilmshurst)

A public rights of way case with interest to lawyers also dealing with easements and village greens Powell v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2014] EWHC 4009 … Continue reading

February 5, 2015

Village Green Update October 2014 (by Paul Wilmshurst)

There have been a number of developments in village green law since the summer of 2014. “Trigger events” It is understood that the application to judicially review the refusal of … Continue reading

October 20, 2014

Landowner statements (by Vivian Chapman QC)

Introduction A landowner statement is a very effective and cheap way for the owner of land in England to protect his land against registration as a new green. If the … Continue reading

August 15, 2014

When is an application “duly made” for the purposes of the Commons Act 2006? (by Vivian Chapman QC)

The Court of Appeal recently gave judgment in Church Commissioners for England, R v Hampshire County Council & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 634 (14 May 2014). In the Church Commissioners case … Continue reading

June 11, 2014

Supreme Court give judgment in Barkas village green case (by Paul Wilmshurst)

Judgment has been handed down by the Supreme Court in Barkas, R (on the application of ) v North Yorkshire County Council & Anor [2014] UKSC 31 (6 March 2014). See … Continue reading

June 1, 2014

High Court injunction stops committee from hearing village green application

The Local Government Lawyer have reported that the High Court has, on the application of a landowner, made an injunction to prevent a committee of councillors from conducting a 2-day village … Continue reading

May 20, 2014

London seminar on the latest developments in village green law by Vivian Chapman QC and Paul Wilmshurst.

    CLICK ON THE FLYER ABOVE FOR A BIGGER VERSION BOOKINGS NOW OPEN As above, contact Alan Austin at or on 020 7404 5055 to book your place

May 7, 2014

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