Land and Property Disputes

Property disputes can be acrimonious, particularly between neighbours who have long since ceased to see eye to eye. We will help you to preserve a relationship with the other side as far as possible, if that is your wish.

Property disputes can be expensive and it is important to us that potential costs of a case are properly understood, proportionate to the dispute and capable of being funded.

We will always therefore give you full advice in relation to the costs and consider funding options, including - for example - insurance-backed funding. We can also act on a fixed fee basis where appropriate.

We can offer advice and assistance on all areas of property disputes such as:

  • Access to neighbouring land
  • Adverse possession
  • Boundary disputes
  • Defective title
  • Easements
  • Interests in land and property
  • Party walls
  • Nuisance
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Rights to light
  • Rylands and Fletcher
  • Squatters
  • Trespass

Some of these areas are expanded on further below:

Access to neighbouring land: There may be occasions when you require access to a neighbours' land to facilitate work to your own property. This may be obtained through negotiation, but often court action may be required and we can offer assistance on gaining or resisting such access.

Adverse possession: Ownership of land can be acquired through the exclusive possession of it over a period of time. Battens can offer advice and assistance on the necessary steps and documentation needed to establish such ownership, or resist an application over your own land.

Boundary disputes: Disputes with neighbours can be emotional and expensive. Battens can assist in resolving such disputes either by an application to the Land Registry, seeking to establish a boundary, resisting such applications or negotiating a boundary agreement.

Easements: The use of land can be controlled by expressly granted rights or restrictions over land as well as rights gained over a period of time. We can assist in both establishing such rights and removing such rights.

Rights to light: Development of adjoining land may involve a loss of light to neighbouring land.  Battens can assist on establishing or resisting such claims.

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