Opposed Orders

Reducing the workload of an opposed order can begin at application stage.  This practical course looks at efficient processing to optimise production of a Statement of Case and Proof of Evidence; what is required for each and when.

Pre-course reading 

What is an opposed Order and what to do with it

  • Identifying valid objections
  • How Orders are determined
  • How to put a pack together
  • Timescales and requirements

On the day, there will be a check of understanding of these topics then in depth:

  • Managing the case and reducing the workload
  • Preparing a Statement of Case and
  • Proof of Evidence


Delegates will need to bring a laptop and a simple case on which they can base their documents.  They will need an order, its decision report, an objection and an objector’s’ statement of case.  A simple case is better so it does not need to be an actual opposed order because an objection and brief objector’s statement can be fictional.  If necessary, we can provide the order and papers but it is better that each delegate uses their own with its decision report as they can see how it fits into the process and how they may need to revise their report structure.

Learning Outcomes

  • Clear understanding of submitting an opposed order to PINS
  • Awareness of the potential for optimal management of the workload
  • Good practice in writing Statements and Proofs and what to avoid


Intermediate.  Delegates need  prior understanding of the use of orders and the tests for making and confirming them, the order-making process and the legal position of the order-making authority, the applicant and objectors.

The course is designed for Rights of Way Officers and Legal Officers


Graeme Stark is Principal Rights of Way Officer at Bath and North East Somerset Council with long experience of modification and public path orders at multiple authorities and including many public inquiries.

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Jun 24 2020


10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Members £272 Non-members £376 B&B is available the night before the course at £55


Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN29 7EU