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About basedrones

Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.

The ScotWays Guide to the Law of Access to Land in Scotland

As has been adverted to on this here blog already, I have been busy of late putting the finishing touches to a book on public access to land. That book is now out, under the snappy title The ScotWays Guide … Continue reading

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Research on the effectiveness of community ownership mechanisms in Scotland

A news item was published on the Scottish Land Commission website today, headed “Community ownership should become routine option for communities across Scotland, says new report“. This story introduce a report (PDF) by the Commission to the Scottish Government, entitled … Continue reading

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Better access to the law: property briefing for the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

A quick blog (sign)post. I have a briefing note in the October 2018 edition of the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, which is available here. This note couples brief analysis of the Drumlean access case (Renyana Stahl Anstalt … Continue reading

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The Birds & the AirBnBs – some thoughts on pet birds, title conditions and short-term lets (a guest post by Andrew Todd)

This is a guest blog post by Andrew Todd, who can be found on Twitter: @AndyRTodd. It serves as a primer for a Case and Comment note he and Hannah Leslie recently contributed to the Juridical Review (the law journal … Continue reading

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Inelegantly wasted

On 21 September, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Scottish Land Commission launched an “innovative partnership and taskforce” to try to get Scotland’s vacant and derelict land into more productive, and more socially and environmentally healthy, use. Details of … Continue reading

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Dancin’ with Manson: what an owner can(not) do to regulate public access to land

The right of responsible access to land conferred by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 has emerged as one of the most important legal routes for public access to private land in Scotland. It is vaunted by many: in January … Continue reading

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A land reform explainer for a primary school project on the Highland Clearances

A friend recently got in touch to ask me if I would be willing to assist with her daughter’s primary 7 project. For readers outside Scotland, primary 7 is the last year of primary school before entering secondary education. The … Continue reading

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