Legal and Professional

The CLA gives members access to free, independent and impartial advice on a wide range of issues from its own professional advisory team. This includes lawyers, tax specialists, planning and rural economy experts and surveyors, some of them based in the regions with specialist local knowledge.

This invaluable bank of knowledge is only a phone call, or e-mail, away.

Countryside Access

The Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW)Act 2000 granted the public right of ‘open air recreation’ on foot to mapped areas of Mountain Moor Heath and Down and Registered Commons, which has become better known as the ‘right to roam’.

The public’s right was introduced in stages and was made available across the whole of England in October 2005. In Wales, the new right was introduced in May 2005.

The act was extremely contentious and the CLA lobbied to minimise the impact on landowners and continues to lobby and advise members on CRoW.


Whether you have a particular employment problem, need to find out how employment law can affect your business or want to defend your rights – you should be a member of the CLA.

Do you have a current employment problem?

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


The CLA’s c35,000 members manage a quarter to a third of all heritage in England and Wales.  Each year our members spend billions of pounds on repairing historic buildings, welcome millions of visitors, paying and non-paying, and make many thousands of applications for planning permission and listed building consent.  We are by far the biggest 'owner' stakeholder group in the heritage field.  For updated news on heritage, see CLA Heritage news as below.

This page gives a general introduction, with links to useful information. 

Rural Housing

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimated that 38% of all private rented housing in rural areas was owned by CLA members in 2004.  In 2011, Savills research identified a 33.5% contribution to gross income on rural estates from agricultural sources with residential income comprising 38%. The Housing pages look at the performance of existing stock and the creation of new housing stock – across all tenures.

Rural Planning

Whether you have a particular planning problem, need to find out how the planning system can affect you or want to defend your rights over your land – you should be a member of the CLA. The CLA has played a major role in ensuring that small-scale rural developments get proper consideration. This could open opportunities to previously closed projects or plans and it is even more important that you do not lose out.


The CLA Tax Department considers and advises on all aspects of national and european taxation that affect owners of land, property and rural business in England and Wales.