Drones and disputes

11 January 2018


Lincolnshire Police have issued a warning to flying drone owners following an increase in incidents across the region.

Drones are a growing popular high street trend, but one in particular that has raised eyebrows in the legal profession.

Partner at Wilkin Chapman solicitors, Jonathan West explains the legalities around drones and drone flying.

It is certainly worth noting that there are legal considerations you should be mindful of when flying devices over the property of others – be it a large piece of farmland or in a residential area.

Issues can arise if a drone is flown under a certain height and regularly over the same areas of land or property. If you are a drone owner who wishes to do either of the above, it is more than advisable to seek permission from the relevant land/home owners before doing so.

The rise in the use of such drones has inevitably seen the ‘amateur pilot’ take control and that again brings another risk that users need to be aware of – falling devices can damage property, and it is unlikely that such ‘pilots’ will have the necessary insurance to cover this eventuality!

And last, but certainly not least, is the issue of privacy covering drones which are fitted with cameras – rules which may also extend to the sharing of content that is captured on film.

Drones can be fun, but they can also land you in a hefty amount of legal hot water if advice is not sought and adhered to.

If you require further information, please contact Jonathan West on 01472 262626, email jonathan.west@wilkinchapman.co.uk or visit www.wilkinchapman.co.uk

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