A Brief Guide to Occupiers’ Legal Liabilities in Scotland


This booklet aims to provide a brief introductory outline on occupiers’ liability in law in Scotland, in relation to public outdoor access. It is based upon studies carried out for Scottish Natural Heritage by the University of Aberdeen School of Legal Studies. 

For this booklet, SNH has re-formatted the information from those studies to highlight relevant material for land managers. Part One of this leaflet provides a brief introduction to the main statutory provisions. Part Two then looks at various case decisions, which have interpreted
and applied the law to actual case circumstances.

Please note that this is not a definitive interpretation of the law, and cases are decided upon the individual circumstances of each case.
Published in January 2018.

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