Right of Way

Walking to the pub I take a shortcut marked “Public Footpath to Main Road”.

The path leads into a farmyard where a young farmer is at work. I cannot see the path, so I interrupt him and he points it out.

“Is the path marked all the way to the main road?” I ask. “Oh aye” he replies “just go through the gate and you can’t miss it.” He glances briefly down at my trainers, but I think nothing of it, thank him and leave.

The path becomes wet, and then very wet. I think about turning back, but do not want to face the young man on the way back - or do I mean “lose face”? So I press on and in no time am floundering through six inches of slurry.

The Manx are generally very polite to visitors, and will give you a straight answer to any question. But you have to ask the right question.

There was quite a buzz in the pub that evening.


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.