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Clair Douglas
    • Clair Douglas

    • Associate Solicitor, Head of Agricultural Law Team
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Drainage rules to protect our rivers

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There are approximately 1 million properties in the UK which are not connected to mains drainage. It is particularly common for rural properties to have a septic tank or small sewage treatment plant in place of main drainage. In 2015 the requirements...

Proud to be sponsors for Go Racing in Yorkshire

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We are proud to have been announced as a new sponsor for the leading jump trainer and jockey in Yorkshire award for Go Racing in Yorkshire. We will give the prize to the trainer and jockey who has the most wins across the Yorkshire courses. Clair...

Middle of the road - where is the boundary?

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Clair Douglas, Head of the Agricultural Department at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, looks at the issue of locating the boundary line if your land borders a road, track and/or path. Where your land abuts a private road or track the Land Registry title plans...

Sheep Worrying and your rights

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Sheep worrying seems to be becoming increasingly more widespread and somewhat more controversial given the sensitivity to both farmers and dog owners. According to Sheep Watch UK about 15,000 sheep are killed each year by pet dogs, when dogs...

Advice on issues surrounding rivers running through your land

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We have been looking at some interesting points for landowners who are fortunate enough to have rivers running through their land. In terms of boundaries the general rule or presumption is that where your land abuts a non-tidal river then your boundary will...

Fly Tipping - who pays and what can be done?

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Fly tipping is a real problem for land owners and needs to be taken very seriously in terms of the impact that it has in rural areas. Not only is it a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife but it also...

Multi-generational living arrangements

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As we regularly hear of our ageing population, multi-generational living appears to be making a comeback and more frequently a serious consideration of families trying to avoid need for residential care. Residential care homes can provide social...

Getting ahead on registering land

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According to recent figures from the Land Registry a significant percentage of land in England and Wales is still unregistered and a large part of that is agricultural and rural land. Why? Well, agricultural land often remains within the same ownership...

The New Agriculture Bill

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The new Agriculture Bill, setting out the policy framework for supporting UK Agriculture post-Brexit, is due to be introduced into Parliament today (12 September 2018). As the Government previously indicated, the new policy will not include a cap on...

Take a closer look at diversification - is it for your farm?

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Most farmers understand the basic concept of diversification e.g. utilising your land for commercial ventures other than agricultural matters, such as renewable energy, farm shops or office development of redundant buildings. Economic changes particularly...