Nov 2020
Nov 2020

Party Walls, Rights to Light, Daylight and Sunlight

In November 2020 we took part in a number of online briefings led by a team of specialist experts:

  • Michael CraikConsultant, Construction, Maples Teesdale
  • Gregory Francis, Expert Witness and Associate Director, Avison Young
  • Dellah Gilbert, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Maples Teesdale
  • Paul Lovelock, Partner, Hollis
  • Ian McKenna, Partner, Hollis


  • The latest legal and policy frameworks
  • Understanding the responsibilities
  • The reality of the costly pitfalls if not avoided
  • Review of important new case law and the practical ‘how to do’ interpretation by leading real estate advisers
  • The latest challenges


  • Establishing boundaries and land description, Neighbourly Land Act and type of Party Walls
  • Building owner’s and adjoining owner’s rights and obligations
  • Consents, counter notices and responses
  • Rights of access, damages and dispute resolution
  • Buildings and structures capable of enjoying rights to light
  • Establishing and acquiring rights of light
  • Site surveys, information gathering and determining a case
  • Daylight and Sunlight – principles and measurement methods
  • Damages, disputes and valuation issues
  • Influential case law – interpretation

Dealing with rights to light, daylight, sunlight and party wall matters is so often dealt with far too late in the programme of many a development project.  Delays can result in litigation or costly remedial action.  Understanding the crucial issues of these important areas early in the development process is essential to the smooth running of projects and is necessary to avoiding delay and expense – overlooking them and assuming they are not important is not an option.

This series explained the legal minefield and provided a practical interpretation of how these important issues should be handled appropriately.  It looked at the latest important case law and how the decisions are interpreted.