The first edition of this book was published in 1971. The first edition remains a source of very useful information on the law to that date, including the law relating to trespassers. Incidentally, you can still get the first edition second-hand. It is well worth the investment.

The second edition is a work produced from retirement and is up to date to the beginning of 2014.

It is a very good book written in the old fashioned textbook style: comment is eschewed save where absolutely necessary. One feels as if one is entering a conversation that has very deep historical roots.

You could confidently cite this work.

Any practitioner picking up this book will find the terse prose a real boon. Answers spring quickly from the book’s pages.

Cases are many, varied and extremely well chosen. The case law is limited, so far as I can see, to authoritative decisions which may not always reflect the way that trials may develop in the County Court – so that is know-how that the busy practitioner will have to acquire from elsewhere.

I have just a couple of quibbles:

  • the coverage of the Compensation Act 2006 is slimmer than it might have been. The cases of Scout Association, Uren, and Sutton are mentioned but no conclusions are drawn from them as to a possible rowing back from the decision in Tomlinson;
  • it would have been good to hear what Sir Peter thought about the Bucheleres case relied upon in Tomlinson. But one cannot really complain about this, the book concerns our domestic law.

This book is truly excellent and well worth the investment. Any PI practitioner doing OL work would benefit from the learning on offer.