Margaret Stevenson in Supreme Court for Trail Riders Fellowship

April 2015

Margaret Stevenson was the solicitor for the Trail Riders Fellowship in a case in the Supreme Court on the 15 January 2015.

The Supreme Court hear about 80 cases a year and is the final court of appeal for all UK civil cases and the criminal cases of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It hears cases which are considered to be of the greatest public and constitutional importance leading to landmark judgments which shape how our society develops.

The issue under consideration is whether the proper interpretation of a map of “a scale of not less than 1:25,000” permitted a map which had originally been drawn to a smaller scale and then enlarged by a computer programme to a scale of 1:25,000. The Appellant, Dorset County Council, had rejected applications seeking modification orders in relation to the Definitive Map, on the basis that they were not accompanied by maps “drawn to a scale of not less than 1:25,000”.

On 18 March 2015 the Court handed down its decision in favour of the Trail Riders Fellowship, dismissing Dorset County Council’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal.

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