Access to land and to landownership

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The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 sets out to unlock land in Scotland for the people. In the context of the Act, “people” either means everyone1 or is defined by reference to a statutory concept of community (based on postcode areas),2 whilst the act of “unlocking” either allows physical access over another’s land or, in certain circumstances, the acquisition of ownership of another’s land. From the perspective of Scots land law, it is not an understatement to call this legislation radical. A body of case law on the Act is now beginning to form. 2009 brought further judicial interpretations, including the first consideration of the Act above sheriff court level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-113
Number of pages8
JournalEdinburgh Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • land law
  • land reform
  • Scotland
  • access to land
  • landownership


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