A friend tells us that there is a plague of hares on his farm.

We are not sure if the hare season is open or closed, so to be on the safe side we ring the firearms section of the Manx police.

The firearms officer is very helpful: “Well, sir, if you look on the back of your game licence, I think you will find all the game seasons set out.”


The hare season closed three days earlier. The hares are safe for the summer.

Chris Thorpe

Chris Thorpe is a respected independent lawyer in the upstream oil and gas industry, and an established lecturer and author. Chris has a LLB in law from Magdalene College, Cambridge and trained as a barrister in London. He worked for eight years' as an in-house lawyer for BP and Marathon. Since 1991, Chris has run his own upstream legal practice, CPTL, which has acted for many upstream clients. He has extensive experience of international upstream transactions, principally in the North Sea, the FSU, Africa and the Middle East. Chris has spoken at many UK and International Conferences and Seminars, both public and in-house. His most popular current lecture is Fundamental of Upstream Petroleum Agreements, a two-day course with accompanying book.