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Entrepreneurs Panel

Laura Tenison
Tony Caldeira
Michael Oliver
Richard O'Sullivan
David Pollock
Debbie Pierce
Brian Hay
Jeremy Roberts
Julie Meyer
Charlie Mullins
Jennie Johnson
Steve Purdham

Travellers’ tales

Landowners need to be vigilant and protect their land if they do not want to find it occupied by unwanted guests, lawyers warn.

Solicitors advise putting barriers or fences up to prevent anyone from setting up home on your turf. However, legal experts say that if travellers do take possession of your land, you will have to be cautious in order to avoid allegations of unlawful eviction.

The usual option is to apply to the court for an order for possession. Once an application is issued, the travellers must be served and given the opportunity to attend the possession hearing.

Following the hearing a court order will be obtained which must be served upon the travellers. If they then don’t leave, court enforcement offi cers may be appointed to enforce the eviction.

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David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

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