Nightmare Neighbours? Resolving Disputes: Tips and Traps

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Speaker(s): Sarah Thompson-Copsey
CPD Time: 1.5 hours
Duration: 1 hour
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Neighbour disputes come in varying shapes and sizes and can have a huge impact on the financial costs of property ownership – whether commercial or residential property. This session will look at the impact of recent case law on, and draw practical lessons and tips from:

  • Rights of way: unexpected acquisition, extent of use, non-use, re-routing & repair
  • Stopping developments: restrictive covenants and rights of light;
  • Responsibilities re: neighbouring land;
  • Understanding whose land it is & the imperative for mediation in neighbour disputes

Learning Objectives

As a result of watching this video, delegates will:

  • Be able to advise owners and developers of the impact of rights of light on development and how to handle them
  • Understand the limitations of the use of a right of way
  • Be able to advise as to who can give or refuse consent to development
  • Realise the importance – in terms of court direction and costs – of mediation



Sarah Thompson-Copsey is a former partner and head of the London property litigation practice at Denton Hall with over 15 years experience in commercial property disputes, advising many blue chip retail clients, developers and institutions. She is now a freelance lecturer, trainer and author and lectures & writes regularly on commercial property topics, with an emphasis on avoiding & resolving disputes.

Sarah is co-author of Tenants’ Pre-emption Rights: A landlord’s guide to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (Jordans) and Mixed Use and Residential Tenants’ Rights: The Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and Leasehold Enfranchisement, (Elsevier 2009). She is also on the consultation board of Practical Law Company and a site editor for the Property Law website at

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