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Book review | Public Rights of Way and Access to Land – 4th edition

Angela Sydenham Jordan Publishing Ltd, 2010, £75 ISBN 978-1846612565

9 March 2012

As a personal injury lawyer I found a surprising amount of this book directly relevant to my own field (we are dealing here with subject matter providing a rich seam of puns). I can see myself turning to it from time to time when considering cases involving highways or animals.

Nevertheless I approached this work less as a lawyer and more as a walker. The Ramblers’ quarterly magazine Walk makes frequent but necessarily brief references to relevant legislation. This can be confusing if you don’t know your way around it. A work such as this puts it all into perspective. A new edition covers the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and the coming into force of more of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 together with other developments. It is particularly helpful to have an explanation of the CROW Act 2000. Formerly I had thought that this Act simply legitimised the practice we used to refer to (in the giddy days of...

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