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Building Blocks: Bakewell Managements Ltd v Brandwood [2004]

In this Building Blocks episode, Richard goes into vehicle access as per s.193(4) of the Law of Property Act 1925 with Bakewell Managements Ltd v Brandwood. Supported by the precedent of Hanning and Others v Top Deck Travel Group Ltd [1993], Richard describes how you cannot base prescriptive long-use easements on illegal acts and so you cannot claim prescriptive rights to drive across commons. In light of holding people to ransom in order to drive across commons, usually to access their own properties, the dispute lay in whether you can gain a prescriptive right despite the 'illegal' use of land. Richard presented how the decision in Bakewell went against the decision in Massey v Boulden [2002].



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