Party Walls, Rights of Light & Boundaries

Child & Child have specialised in neighbourly matters including party wall disputes, boundary disputes and rights of light disputes for many years and are well known as a pre-eminent firm with a unique depth of specialist knowledge and experience in this field.

We have a team of specialist property dispute solicitors who practise in these areas on a day-to-day basis and have acquired a strong reputation in what is a highly specialised area of the law.

Andrew Smith heads the team and has specialised in these areas for over 20 years. Andrew regularly advises commercial and residential property owners and their professional advisors on their rights and liabilities arising under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, rights of light and boundary disputes and he regularly deals with associated matters such as rights of access, oversailing and scaffolding licences, rights of way and easements.

James Beat has over 10 years’ experience of dealing with disputes involving neighbouring properties and has worked on several of the leading cases relating to party walls and rights of light in particular.

Andrew and James are supported by a team of highly experienced assistant solicitors with a wealth of relevant knowledge and expertise in this area.

Andrew and James have addressed numerous seminars and lectures on neighbourly matters, principally to the surveying and legal profession, and have published a number of articles on the subject. See our legal guides section for an archive of past articles.

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Andrew Smith is ranked as a leading individual by Chambers who say:

"The "very efficient, very informative" Andrew Smith of Child & Child is highly regarded by sources for his specialist expertise in party wall cases and rights of light work, and is considered "a fighter for his client's corner." Clients appreciate his strong communication skills and enthuse that they would "recommend" him to others for his rights of light expertise. His recent work has centred around basement excavations."