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Crown Estate Commissioners v (1) Roberts (2) Trelleck Estate Limited

[2008] P & CR 255 Lewison J

Court: High Court
Date of Judgment: 13.06.08
Frank Hinks QC, Thomas Braithwaite

The Crown Estate Commissioners brought the claim to establish the Crown's title to a large part of the coastline of Pembrokeshire against Mr Roberts who claimed title as self-proclaimed Lord Marcher of St Davids in succession to the Bishops of St Davids. Shortly before trial Mr Roberts raised a counterclaim to various franchise and manorial rights including several (exclusive) fishery, treasure trove, estray and rights under the Games Acts.

Appearing on behalf of the Crown Estate Commissioners we were successful in establishing the Cown's title and in rebutting Mr Roberts' claimed rights other than a moiety of wreck in respect of two manors. His claim to be the Lord Marcher of St Davids was rejected, the conveyance to him from the University of Wales conveying a mere manor and not the Lordship Marcher of St Davids.


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