Highways & Rights of Way

Our Highways and Rights of Way team has a broad range of experience in dealing with issues concerning both Rights of Way and Highways. Members have acted for local authorities, the highway authorities themselves, developers, and of course members of the public who may be adversely affected by a proposal for a new right of way or the upgrading of a footpath to a bridleway.

Members of both teams can advise on the law in this area – often a complex mix of common-law and statutory principles. They appear in court on these issues and also in statutory inquiries under, for example, the Countryside & Rights of Way Act when new rights of way are being promoted or opposed, and when issues such as the ‘right to roam’ have to be decided.

Cases are dealt with under individual members’ entries but have included the case of the footpath that disappeared into the River Severn and the rights and duties that existed as a result.

Many members of the team have experience in handling cases concerning Highways and Road Access and we have dealt with a number of Inquiries involving these complicated issues.

All our team members can accept instructions direct from industry professionals under the Licensed Access scheme. This allows members of licensed organisations, such as the RICS, to instruct us without having to go through a solicitor.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, as well as commercial and non-commercial organisations, under the Public Access scheme. Read more.


The team delivers workshops and seminars in Chambers and regional centres. We also provide training on behalf of local Law Societies and in conjunction with firms of solicitors and also councils. We can also provide tailored in-house training for particular firms. If you would like any further information please contact Elizabeth Champion 0117 923 4712 or email: [email protected].

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