Legal advice

The law and your land

Whether you have a particular legal problem, need to find out how the ever-changing law can affect you or want to defend your rights over your land – you should be a member of the CLA.

Do you have a current legal concern?

Many landowners join the CLA to ask for impartial professional advice, to clarify where the law stands and to prevent expensive and often unnecessary court actions. Common areas of concern include:

  • planning
  • access
  • boundaries
  • landowner rights
  • contract disputes
  • employment law
  • joint venture farming agreements
  • compulsory purchase

Free advice for members

The law is constantly changing and very complex. If you become a member of the CLA you will receive free, independent professional advice – advice which is aimed at achieving the early and successful resolution of your problem and which normally far outweighs your cost of membership. (For many members the annual subscription costs less than one hour of a professional’s time.)

In addition if your advisers are also members of the CLA then they can get specific case law advice and support from the CLA's experts, cutting your costs and time.

CLA’s in-house team advises on legal, planning, land use and tax matters and our advisers are experts in their field; in addition, there are surveyors and regional advisers throughout the regions to help you at local level.

As well as the advice CLA members can access, the majority of our members – whether they own a single acre or a thousand – benefit from our continuous work to change the law and reduce red tape.

The law often works against the landowner and the CLA is at the forefront in lobbying for reform that will facilitate rather than frustrate.


Protecting your best interests

The CLA is the only organisation working to influence Government solely on behalf of owners of rural land, property and business. There are many other organisations spending millions on lobbying to pursue their own agendas and all landowners, from the smallest acreage to the largest estate, need to act together vigorously to defend our interests. Nobody is doing more than the CLA to manage the impact on the value of land – both in the short and long term.


Anyone who owns rural land will benefit from joining the CLA

We are effective at influencing decision-makers at national and local levels including working to ensure that all Acts of Parliament recognise the importance of rural business and the countryside. As a CLA member you can add your voice. In addition, you can receive advice and support that will help protect and enhance your assets.

Whatever the value of your rural land, business and property interests, the CLA subscription represents only a fraction of its true value and is your best insurance for the future.