How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask JGM Your Own Question
JGM, Solicitor
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 12082
Experience:  30 years as a practising solicitor.
Type Your Law Question Here...
JGM is online now

I am a golf professional with 50 years experience. For the

This answer was rated:

I am a golf professional with 50 years experience. For the last 32 years I have leased a golf shop on a public golf course from Dundee,s economic dept. l have just been informed by the leisure &communities dept. that my lease does not entitle me to use the courses practice ground for paid or unpaid lessons, the unpaid refers to free junior classes I have run for over 30 years. The practice ground is free & open to the public. I also use the practice ground for customers to try new equipment & to custom fit clubs The L&C. Dept. Plan to oust me & bring in an outside pro to do senior classes & run their own junior classes with their own poorly qualified staff, they obviously do not rate me or my experience. As I am sure you will understand I am very concerned as it makes my job untenable. Can you help me. R.Brown

I am a solicitor in Scotland. Can you scan and upload your lease please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will try to scan it later on another device. Failing that all I can do is type the whole thing. R Brown

Any luck with the scan?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi JGM, I think I can get it done tonight. I am also going to add the letter they sent me &a some supplementary questions. R. Brown

Thanks I'll look out for it.

I've seen the papers thank you. They are right insofar as your lease doesn't entitle you to use the ground. However, if the ground is freely open to the public there is nothing to stop you doing what you have done for the last several decades. They can't keep you off public land except to the extent that you are carrying on a business there. Members of the public going to try out clubs and free lessons to young people wouldn't constitute that. Charging for lessons would be a different issue on which you have not quite so strong an argument. But again you have done so peacefully and without objection for many years. Accordingly ask them for the legal basis of their letter especially as their predecessors have acquiesced in your using the land. It would not surprise me if the land was still owned by the council in any event. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.

JGM and 2 other Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your help. As I have no further use for your services can you please send me a receipt for the payments l have incurred.R Brown