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Party Walls: Law and Practice Fourth edition

An authoritative explanation of the Party Wall etc Act 1996.
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Published: November 16, 2017
ISBN/ISSN: 9781784730123

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Why should you buy Party Walls: Law and Practice

Written by a team of specialist practitioners, 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 updated and expanded to include full guidance on potential problem areas, and analysis of significant case law since the 3rd edition including:

  • Lea Valley Developments Limited v Derbyshire (Technology and Construction Court 2017)
  • The Queen on the Application of Farrs Lane Development Limited v Bristol Magistrates’ Court (High Court 2016)
  • Gray v Elite Town Management Ltd (Court of Appeal 2016)
  • Patel v Peters (Court of Appeal 2014)

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.


Alistair Redler, Senior Partner, Delva Patman Redler LLP Chartered Surveyors


The 8 years since the third edition have seen a significant number of reported cases on the provisions of the Act decided in the county court and the Court of Appeal. Obscurities in the drafting of the Act have been judicially considered, sometimes satisfactorily and in other cases with unexpected results. In general, the pace of the development of the law of party walls has undoubtedly quickened, and it has attracted a growing body of specialist practitioners from the legal and surveying professions. Read the full preface...


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Table of contents

  • 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

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