Neighbour Disputes

Neighbour Disputes when Selling Property

Getting involved in a neighbour dispute can not only affect your enjoyment of your home, but if the matter is not handled expertly it may also reduce the price when you come to sell. If you find yourself in this situation you should seek advice urgently from one of our specialist property dispute lawyers.

Over the years we have been able to resolve a wide range of disputes including:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Disagreements over rights of way and other easements
  • Trespass to land and nuisances
  • Party wall disputes under the Party Wall Act 1996

We have contacts with a number of other property professionals so if we need to involve an expert witness, such as a surveyor, we will be able to put you in touch with the right person.

Our specialist lawyers will take the time to understand the full history of the dispute. They will usually arrange a site visit before going through your options with you with a view to finding the best and most cost effective solution. At an early stage we will consider with you other ways of resolving the dispute without going to court, for example through mediation or a joint settlement meeting.

By dealing with your case in this way we aim to reduce your stress levels. If the dispute can be resolved quickly and permanently then you may be able to maintain an ongoing relationship with your neighbours helping you to enjoy your home once again and preserve its value when you come to sell it.

To speak to an expert in property litigation who can help with a neighbour dispute call, email or request a call back from one of our specialist lawyers.

Who to contact

Jane Crosby

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Jane Crosby

Jane is a Partner based in the Guildford office and she is also Head of the Dispute Resolution team here at Hart Brown. Jane specialises in employment Law and commercial litigation and brings more than 15 years' experience to her role.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Jane was employed in the aviation industry. This experience is appreciated by many of Jane's clients who note that she is able to take a commercial and pragmatic approach to any legal issue that they face.

Jane acts for a wide range of individuals and businesses and her areas of specialism include aviation, property related industries and IT. Jane regularly advises on aspects of employment law, such as settlement agreements, employment contracts, policies and procedures, redundancies, equal pay, data protection, issues arising from TUPE and reorganisations, the calculation of holiday pay, bonus and commission payments, disciplinary and grievance issues, dismissal and termination issues, the protection of confidential information and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Jane gets involved in GDPR training for her clients and she is able to deliver tailored employment law training sessions upon request.

As a commercial litigation lawyer, Jane also deals in shareholder and directors disputes, commercial contract disputes and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Jane has been involved in successful high value commercial litigation for clients in the High Courts, she is an accredited mediator and she is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Jane is often asked to write for a number of well known publications, including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Week and she has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

Here is small selection of the feedback that Jane has received:

“Jane, I cannot sincerely thank you enough for your wise counsel and am delighted to have made your acquaintance. If I am blessed with a new position somewhere I will hand over my contract in the first instance to you. Likewise, any of my friends, peers, romans and countrymen wanting advice, I will point them in your direction.”

“Jane, you have been most resilient on my behalf for which I sincerely thank you for all your endeavours. I have a tremendous working relationship with Hart Brown and you have undoubtedly compounded this further."

“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.

“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.

“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.

    Lucy Penfold

    Senior Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

    Senior Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

    Lucy Penfold

    Lucy is a Senior Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team here at Hart Brown and specialises in property litigation and contentious trusts and probate.

    Lucy completed her law degree at Kingston University before completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford (now the University of Law). Lucy qualified in 2012 and brings with her general commercial litigation experience from Central London and Surrey law firms.

    A member of the Property Litigation Association, Lucy deals with all areas of property litigation including varied landlord and tenant disputes, evictions, neighbour disputes, boundary disputes, commercial property disputes, property disrepairs and dilapidations.

    Lucy also deals with various contentious probate matters, including interpreting the terms of wills, brining or defending claims to contest wills or trusts, and executor removal disputes.

    Lucy’s general commercial litigation experience allows her to have a pragmatic and commercial approach to any legal issue faced.

      Morag Lewis

      Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

      Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

      Morag Lewis

      Morag joined Hart Brown in December 2018 as a Paralegal in the Dispute Resolution Department based in Guildford and is currently doing her CILEx exams with a view to progressing her career as a Chartered Legal Executive.

      Morag currently assists the Partners and Solicitors with their varied caseloads and she has acquired considerable experience in advising and assisting clients across a wide range of disputes, including land law, contractual disputes, employment, debt recovery and contentious probate matters, both in the High Court and County Court.

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