Mr Paul Wilmshurst


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Paul Wilmshurst’s practice embraces all aspects of land law. He is particularly active in disputes relating to village green applications (recently appearing in a 18-day public inquiry), commons, public rights of way, easements, commercial landlord & tenant, boundaries, beneficial ownership of property and nuisance. Paul also appears in the Administrative Division in public law claims.


Property, Commons, Village Greens, Landlord & Tenant, Highways, Agriculture, Environmental Law, Local Government

Directory Recommendations

“A respected junior…” “He is persistent in his cross-examination while maintaining a polite and friendly approach.”  Chambers and Partners 2018 

“He’s a rising star of that chambers, who is fully in command of all the legal issues and has a broad grasp of the subject.” Chambers and Partners 2017

“He is particularly adept at cases relating to land development issues. He is articulate and able to convey legal points in a very clear way. Added to this he has a warm personality that definitely helps in our cases” Chambers and Partners 2016

Qualifications, Appointments

Paul Wilmshurst often sits as an Inspector at non-statutory public inquiries into applications to register land as a new town or village green.

Paul studied History at Durham University before being called to the Bar. He is a former Harold G Fox Scholar and spent a year working at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Toronto, Canada.  


Commons and Village Greens: Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (EF&P) (2018)

Case Note on Goodman, Waymark Magazine (Autumn 2015).

Case Note on Newhaven Port and Properties, Waymark Magazine(Spring 2015).

Vehicular access routes over commons, L.G.L. 2015, Mar 13

User “as of right” when the definitive map and statement is wrong, L.G.L. 2015, Feb 27

Boundaries: trees on Westlaw “Insight” (2014) (subscribers only) – numerous articles on commons and village greens.

Contributor to Lexis-Library (subscribers only)

Town and village greens – a practical handbook, 2 edn (with Vivian Chapman QC)

MBL seminar: Village Greens & Land Development After the Growth & Infrastructure Act 2013 with Vivian Chapman QC (August 2013)

‘Nuisance and easements’, 9 Stone Buildings seminar series lecture (May 2013)

‘The Newhaven village green case – access to beaches’, Local Government Lawyer, (April 2013)

‘Registering town and village greens: the biggest cases of 2012’, Local Government Lawyer (March 2013)

‘The Paddico case in the High Court’, Rights of Way Law Review, 2011, Oct(15.3), 195-2012

‘Diggers at dawn’ with William Webster, Solicitors Journal, 2011, 155(36), 10-11.

‘Competitive Threat?’ with William Webster, Local Government Lawyer (March 2011) [repayment of VAT on local authority off-street parking]

‘Common Ground’ with William Webster’, Solicitors Journal 2011, 155(8), 11

‘The shifting sands of town village green law’, The Barrister (October 2010)

‘Not easy being Green’ with William Webster, Solicitors Journal, 2010, 154(12), 6

‘A piece of the action’, Solicitors Journal, 2009, 153(27).[article concerning UK class actions under CPR 19.6]

‘Class actions, the regulatory state and the duty of the court to justice’, The Barrister, 2010, (43), 28-29

‘Preparing to “Win” the Mediation’, Sharpening the Sword II: Tactics and Strategies for Lock n’ Load Litigation (OBA 2008), with Thomas Heintzman QC.