‘Radical’ land reforms in Scotland are nothing of the sort

Malcolm MacDonald Combe

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You might be forgiven for thinking that the rules regarding a patch of land north and south of the Anglo-Scottish border do not vary greatly, but in fact they are governed by completely different legal traditions.

For example in Cumbria you might heed a sign saying “Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted”, but such signs are less effective in Aberdeenshire, as simply being on someone’s land in Scotland might not actually be a crime. Scots law does not think of title in terms such as “freehold” and “leasehold”, and in fact has rules that prevent an owner of land granting a long lease of more than 175 years.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2015


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  • Scotland
  • Nicola Sturgeon
  • land reform


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