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Andrew Smith

Head of Neighbourly Matters
+44 (0)20 7201 3560
+44 (0)7712 005813

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I enjoy fighting my clients' corner and prefer to do so by being smart rather than confrontational.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1977, I joined Child & Child, initially as a general practitioner, before becoming a partner the following year.

I’ve specialised in litigation since 1987, focusing heavily on property related litigation. Recognised as the first port of call for specialist advice relating to party walls, rights of light, access to neighbouring land, oversailing licences, rights of way, easements, construction disputes and boundary disputes, I’m frequently invited to give lectures to surveyors, architects and other solicitors.

I’ve also written several articles on neighbouring land issues and co-authored Party Walls Law and Practice, Fourth Edition, published by Lexis Nexis, considered to be the leading legal reference work on the law relating to party walls.

As well as frequently dealing with heavy and complex cases involving property development, particularly basement excavations, I also handle a large number of conventional residential disputes. I’m renowned for my negotiating skills and my ability to grasp the essential features of complex disputes.

Over the years I’ve dealt with a large number of notable cases, both in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, representing private individuals and corporate clients (some of whom are high profile), lending institutions, trusts and offshore companies.

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