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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


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?

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

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

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