||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 333 (Jul)
|| UKSC 35
Hope, Walker, Brown, Collins and Clarke SCJJ
||Jonathan Gaunt QC, Michael Beloff QC and Edward Peters (instructed by Denton Wilde Sapte LLP) for the claimant.
||Michael Driscoll QC and Ciaran Keller (instructed by Norton Rose LLP) for the defendant.
||James Strachan (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the Intervener (the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change).
||28 July 2010
Damages - Trespass to land - Oil - First defendant company having licence to extract oil from oilfield neighbouring claimant's land - Oil wells sunk beneath claimant's land - Claimant commencing proceedings against defendants for trespass - Whether claimant having ownership of strata beneath surface of land - Whether claimant having 'factual' or 'exclusive' possession of strata - Whether value of underground ancillary right to be assessed on same basis as compulsory purchase of land - Whether land having any 'key' or 'ransom' value - .
Damages Trespass to land. The Supreme Court held that a freehold landowner's possession of land extended at least as far below the earth as mineable strata, and that the defendant mining company had committed an actionable trespass by sinking three oil wells beneath that land without obtaining an underground wayleave from the freeholder. The Court further held, by a majority, that the ordinary principles of assessing the valuation of the land under compulsory land purchase applied to the purchase of rights under the and that the land had no 'key' or 'ransom' value, with the result that the value of the right infringed was 82.50.
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