It seems if you are tenacious then even if your opponent is the Crown you can succeed. Living in the countryside has opened my eyes to how much the rural community is dependent upon its farmers to keep the place going (and I'm sure that often they are paid handsomely to do so!) This case at least shows that might is not always right. More power to their elbow!
Tenant farmers win £1.75m over poor condition of Crown land A dairy farming couple have been awarded £1.75 million in compensation in a landmark case that strikes a blow for thousands who are tenants of the Crown Estate. Ian and Judith Wakley moved from Aberdeen to Somerset only to find that the condition of the farm they were renting had been significantly misrepresented. On arrival, the fifth-generation farmers found that Staple Park Farm had problems with equipment and other difficulties, contrary to the Crown Estate’s assurances. After they had failed to force the organisation to make the necessary repairs, the couple took legal action which lasted for three and a half years. Last Thursday a judge decided in the couple’s favour, finding that there had been multiple tenancy breaches and misrepresentations by their landlord.