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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

Vivian Chapman QC and Paul Wilmshurst are barristers at 9 Stone Buildings Barristers’ Chambers who specialise in the law of town & village greens under the Commons Act 2006 and other commons … Continue reading


De-registering village greens – Supreme Court rules in the Betterment / Paddico litigation (by Paul Wilmshurst)

Where land has been registered as a village green the landowner will be deprived of all development value in the land. This is because it will become a criminal offence … Continue reading

March 18, 2014

Contentious user and village greens

The High Court (Foskett J) has handed down a judgment in Burrows (on behalf of Wraysbury Action Group), R (on the application of) v The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead … Continue reading

March 18, 2014

Tree Preservation Orders and commons: Norbrook Laboratories & Ors v Carlisle City Council (by Paul Wilmshurst)

The recent decision of Court of Appeal in Norbrook Laboratories & Ors v Carlisle City Council [2014] EWCA Civ 54, being a decision on a oral renewal of an application for … Continue reading

March 11, 2014

Recent commons cases: an update (by Vivian Chapman QC)

[1.1]    Unlike the registration of new town or village greens, there has been no recent flood of cases about the registration of commons and rights of common. However, there have … Continue reading

December 5, 2013

Further TVG reform contemplated by DEFRA (by Paul Wilmshurst)

Further to the recent reform introduced by the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 DEFRA are now analysing the results on yet further reform proposals that were published its consultation “Proposed amendment … Continue reading

October 22, 2013

Landowner statements / grace-period changes (not in Wales) (by Paul Wilmshurst)

Several changes to s.15 of the Commons Act 2006 will be brought into force on 1 October 2013 pursuant to the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013. It is notable that these … Continue reading

September 24, 2013

The Church Commissioners case – when is an application made for the purposes of a TVG application? (by Vivian Chapman QC)

[1]  An important procedural point has recently been decided in the Church Commissioners case[1]. [2]  It is often crucial to determine exactly when an application to register a new green … Continue reading

September 17, 2013

MBL SEMINARS: Village Greens – Land Development After the Growth Infrastructure Act 2013

MBL Seminars will make available (from 8 August 2013) a webinar by Vivian Chapman QC and Paul Wilmshurst. The webinar considers the impact of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 … Continue reading

July 24, 2013

The Newhaven case in the Court of Appeal (by Paul Wilmshurst)

The Court of Appeal has recently handed down judgement in the interesting case of Newhaven Port and Properties Ltd, R (on the application of) v East Sussex County Council & Anor [2013] … Continue reading

April 18, 2013

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