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The Party Wall Casebook

The Party Wall Casebook

Paul Chynoweth

ISBN: 978-1-405-16324-8

Apr 2007, Wiley-Blackwell

500 pages

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The Party Wall Casebook, now available in paperback, is an essential reference tool for surveyors, architects, engineers and lawyers. It provides a comprehensive analysis of over 80 leading cases which define the courts’ approach to the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and the related common law rules.

For ease of reference, the book contains an alphabetical digest of cases with an extensive subject index. The facts, key issues and decision in each case are summarised to provide easy access for the busy practitioner.

The legal basis for each decision is also explained in clear, jargon-free language. The book is illustrated and extracts from relevant statutes appear throughout the text. An introductory chapter also places the cases in their broader legal context for those requiring a more detailed understanding of the law in this area.

The book provides a single source of reference on the case law required by all party wall surveyors. It gives readers practical, and legally up-to-date, guidance on the practice of party wall surveying, including:

  • Making sure that notices are properly served under the Act
  • Protecting the interests of appointing owners during negotiations
  • Ensuring that awards are legally enforceable
  • Dealing with compensation claims by adjoining owners
  • Advising clients on appeals under the Act
What is a party wall?; What is 'Work in pursuance of the Act'?; Identifying the owners; The validity of notices; The nature of the surveyor's role; Proper constitution of the surveyors' tribunal; Surveyors' jurisdiction; Surveyors' powers; Damage to adjoining property at common law; Surveyors' power to award compensation and making good; Challenges to surveyors' decisions; Appendices - Statutes

  • party walls frequently give rise to disputes during construction work
  • party wall surveyors often fail to serve the necessary notices during a dispute
  • existing books concentrate on the legal background to the Party Wall Act
  • this book examines 80 past legal cases to clarify problems in administering the Act
  • ‘The Party Wall Casebook is a worthy and valuable addition to the growing body of knowledge in this area.’ – The Earl of Lytton