Party Wall Disputes

Disputes over party walls often occur between neighbours when building works, repairs or improvements are being carried out to a property.  At George Green, we have a highly experienced team who can advise property owners as to the provisions of the Party Wall Act which regulates any alterations to a property, or to land with fences or walls.

If your neighbour has started or is about to start works without complying with the Party Wall Act, our team can assist with an application for an urgent injunction to prevent your neighbour from continuing with the works. The cost of applying for a party wall injunction can usually be claimed back from your neighbour if the court grants you the injunction.

We can also advise property owners who wish to carry out works to their property as to their obligations under the Party Wall Act which can include the preparation and service of the correct notice on your neighbour(s).

In particular, we can provide advice in relation to Party Wall disputes arising from the development of basements. Basement conversions are becoming commonplace particularly in densely populated areas (such as Central London) and these all too often cause disruption for neighbouring owners. We at George Green have the experience and knowledge to deal with what is a very technical and fact-specific area of law.

We provide clients with straightforward, practical and cost-effective advice to deal with their matter as efficiently as possible. In appropriate cases we can offer ‘no win, no fee’ agreements.

We work alongside leading Party Wall Surveyors who may be appointed under the Party Wall Act to determine the dispute. We also have close ties with leading Barristers in this field.

The level of experience and expertise that the team offers clients in this specialist area is recognised by the fact that the head of the team, James Coles, is a member of both the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and the Pyramus and Thisbe Club, the leading organisation for Party Wall experts.

For an initial, no-obligation discussion please do not hesitate to call James Coles on 01902 328367 or e-mail him at jcoles@georgegreen.co.uk