We understand that no-one wants to end up in a dispute with his neighbour. Being involved in a disagreement with the people who live next door to you can ruin your quality of life and adversely affect the way you feel about your home. We also understand that your home means more to you than just the financial value it has. Sometimes, it is necessary to take legal steps to protect your property. This is particularly the case with building works that involve the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which regulates building works to party walls and excavations within three or six metres of the adjoining owner’s property. Property owners can be faced with a difficult neighbour who wants to frustrate or delay their works, and adjoining neighbours can be confronted by a neighbour or developer who refuses to comply with the Party Wall Act. We can help property owners resolve applications for a party wall injunction quickly and cost-effectively. We can also help you challenge a wrong or unfair party wall award by pursuing an appeal in the County Court. Our industry-leading party wall group is led by Matthew Hearsum, a partner in our Dispute Resolution team. Matthew is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a leading expert in this field, and is the author of Practical Party Walls (2014). Matthew is frequently invited to speak to professional groups including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Pyramus and Thisbe Club and the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.