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Party Walls

Law and Practice


An authoritative explanation of the law regulating the building, maintenance and repair of party walls

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Book printed softcover


Party Walls: Law and Practice provides an authoritative explanation of the law regulating the building, maintenance and repair of party walls, and sets out the process for settling disputes between parties under the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

This fourth edition has been fully updated and considerably expanded to incorporate important case-law such as: 

  • Lea Valley Developments Limited v Derbyshire [HC 2017]
  • The Queen on the Application of Farrs Lane Development Limited v Bristol Magistrates’ Court [HC 2016]
  • Gray V Elite Town Management Ltd [CA 2016]
  • Dillard v F&C [HC 2014]
  • Rashid v Sharif [CA 2014]
  • Patel v Peters [CA 2014]
  • Crowley v Rushmore Borough Council [HC 2010]

A comprehensive selection of precedents is provided, including notices, appeals, requests and awards, together with the full text of the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

Party Walls: Law and Practice is essential reading for all property lawyers, surveyors and architects.

  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Preface to the Fourth Edition
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • Table of Statutory Instruments
  • Table of European Legislation
  • Introduction
  • Application of the Act 
  • Rights of Building Owner
  • Adjacent Excavation and Construction 
  • Special Foundations
  • Ancillary Rights and Obligations
  • Rights of Entry
  • The Award – Procedure and Scope 
  • The Award – Effect and Enforcement 
  • Rights of Appeal 
  • Financial Matters 
  • Security for Expenses
  • Service of Notices 
  • Successors in Title 
  • Relationship with other Areas of Law 
  • The Practical Role of the Party Wall Surveyor
  • Criminal Offences
  • Problem Areas 
  • Appendices
    • Party Wall Etc Act 1996
    • London Building Acts (Amendment) Act 1939
    • Checklists of Notices
    • Precedents 
    • The Party Wall etc Bill in Parliament
    • Errors and Inconsistencies
  • Index
"easy to use ... minutely detailed table of contents, useful index and five appendices ... a checklist of notices and fifteen precedents ... extensive tables of cases, statutes, statutory instruments ... an invaluable guide to the law ..."
An appreciation by Elizabeth Robson Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers and Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Chambers and Reviews Editor, “The Barrister”
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Reviews of the previous editions

"an indispensable guide to party walls ... if you haven't already done so go out and order your copy now"
Solicitors Journal

"invaluable for legal practitioners, architects, surveyors and builders ... the overall utility of the book cannot be overemphasised"
New Law Journal

"a book that is written by practising lawyers with the whole gamut of surveyors, land agents, lawyers, architects and civil engineers in mind. This book attempts and, in my view, succeeds admirably in filling the void ... Alistair Redler' chapter, which follows the surveying process through from appointment to agreement and then on to the referral to a third surveyor if agreement cannot be reached, is easy to read, logical and will, I am sure, become the most thumbed part of this book for thos who count themselves as beginners ... clearest diagrams I have seen to date showing exactly what is and what isn't a party wall and what is and isn't a party fence wall ... i cannot think of a building layout or multiple ownership situation which cannot be easily found in this book ... it should be on the corner of every construction/building professional's desk"
David Powell MAE

Alistair Redler, Partner, Delva Patman Associates

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