‘A Practical Guide to Drone Law’ by Rufus Ballaster, Andrew Firman, Eleanor Clot


Paperback: 978-1-911035-46-6
Published: October 2017
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With an explosion of interest in the technology from private and commercial users alike, the proliferation of drones in the coming years is set to generate some novel disputes concerning privacy, overflight rights, safety, insurance, finance and nuisance, amongst other things.

This book should satisfy the needs of the professional reader but is also pitched at drone users and their professional advisers to help them navigate the rapidly-developing laws and regulations governing drone use. Topics covered include:

  • Regulations covering commercial and private use
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Property/trespass
  • Negligence, nuisance, contract and other damage claims
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Employment threats and opportunities
  • Criminal activity
  • Likely changes in regulation
  • An overview of unpiloted flight to date
  • Civilian drone application rollout globally
  • Delivery drones, emergency services, media and the arts
  • Practical Guides to recreational Flying and how to become a professional drone pilot


Rufus Ballaster leads Carter Lemon Camerons LLP’s commercial property team. He has contributed to many journals and been a co-author of the Landlord and Tenant Factbook. He also lectures, leads seminars on commercial property issues and serves on panels with major course providers.

Andrew Firman is a partner in Carter Lemon Camerons LLP’s corporate & commercial team. His employment practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work for both employers and employees. His corporate and banking practice concentrates on contractual and advice work given mainly to SMEs and charities.

Eleanor Clot became a Drone Regulation Expert while working for over 8 years in the UK and EU drone industry, most notably as the Operations Manager for EuroUSC, the world’s first independent drone assessment and accreditation qualified entity. She has also worked as a paralegal and is embarking on training as a solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins LLP.


Chapter One – Introduction – Classifications, Terminology and Regulatory Framework
Chapter Two – Regulations – Commercial Use
Chapter Three – Regulations – Private/Recreational Use
Chapter Four – Third Party Rights – Data Protection and Privacy
Chapter Five – Third Party Rights – Property/Trespass
Chapter Six – Wider Rights – Negligence, Nuisance, Contract and Other Damage Claims
Chapter Seven – Insurance
Chapter Eight – Intellectual Property Issues
Chapter Nine – Employment Threats and Opportunities
Chapter Ten – Criminal Activity
Chapter Eleven – The Immediate Future – Movement Expected in Regulatory Framework
Chapter Twelve – The Further Future – Likely changes in Wider Law to Enable Innovation
Chapter Thirteen – Looking Back – Overview of Unpiloted Flight to Date
Chapter Fourteen – Civilian Drone Application Rollout Globally
Chapter Fifteen – Drones in Context: Delivery Drones
Chapter Sixteen – Drones in Context: Emergency Services
Chapter Seventeen – Drones in Context: Media and the Arts
Chapter Eighteen – Practical Guide: Recreational Flying – Staying Safe & Having Fun
Chapter Nineteen – Practical Guide: How to Become a Professional Drone Pilot