NHS Property Services Limited’s Supreme Court Win For Village Green Case


Womble Bond Dickinson has advised NHS Property Services Limited on a successful Supreme Court appeal decision on a village green case.

It was a conjoined appeal with Lancashire County Council and the case has wide implications for land held for statutory purposes by public authorities.

The case concerned an area of land at Leach Grove Wood in Leatherhead, which neighbours an NHS hospital and is owned by NHSPS. It was subject to an application for village green status in 2013 and following a public inquiry and judicial review proceedings a final decision has now been made on that application.

WBD, instructing George Laurence QC, Simon Adamyk and Jonathan Clay of New Square Chambers and Cornerstone Barristers, argued that the principle of statutory incompatibility should include land held by NHSPS for statutory health purposes and that the decision of the Hon Mr Justice Gilbart in the High Court should be re-instated.

Antonia Murillo (Picture), Associate and Doctoral Researcher at WBD, advised on the case.

Involved fees earner: Antonia Murillo – Womble Bond Dickinson;

Law Firms: Womble Bond Dickinson;

Clients: NHS Property Services Ltd;