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This podcast aims to provide a good grounding in the Party Wall Act. It introduces the various definitions provided by the Act, as well as the areas in which the Act applies. The podcast seeks to give an overview of the several of the procedures provided for by the Act, and aims to alert practitioners to practical issues which may arise in relation to the Act’s operation.

After completing the course you will:
  • Have a good understanding of the scope of application of the Party Wall Act;
  • Be aware of the main procedures in relation to the Act Have learnt how to apply for, and challenge, an award under the Act;
  • Be aware of the technical difficulties posed by procedures under the Act.
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Legal Principles
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Party Wall etc. Act 1996;
  • Rodrigues v Sokal [2008] EWHC 2005 (TCC);
  • Sleep v Wise [2007] PLSCS 59;
  • Gyle-Thompson v Wall Street (Properties) Ltd [1974] 1 All ER 295;
  • London and Manchester Assurance v O & H Construction [1989] 29 EG 65;
  • Regan v Paul Properties Limited [2006] All ER (D) 32 7 ;
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre v Bakker and Ors [2006] ;
  • Zissis v Lukomski [2006] 1 WLR 2278 CA.

In this podcast, Andrew Francis, a chancery barrister specialising in property law, and, in particular, in covenants, party walls and rights of light at Serle Court Chambers, discusses the Party Wall Act 1997. His talk addresses the scope of the statute, the protections offered to building owners and adjoining owners under the Act, the procedural means for the enforcement of statutory rights and the role of surveyors in relation to party wall procedures. A number of practical issues are also addressed, including the traps which the Act may hold for property owners and complications which can arise in relation to time-limits and conveyancing issues.

Podcast Added: 27/10/2008

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-09-26

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