Boundary disputes are common-place and arise in relation to
commercial, residential and agricultural land. As boundary dispute
solicitors we are often involved in boundary wall disputes, or with
issues relating to boundary fence ownership. Residential boundary
disputes are the most common and can receive a lot of publicity.
Property owners can often be very emotive about their boundaries
and therefore careful and calm consideration should be given to the
best way to resolve a dispute at the outset.
The approach a party to a boundary dispute takes to resolve it
will probably depend on the value of the disputed land. In low
value cases the parties should consider jointly instructing a
surveyor to facilitate a settlement. In higher value and/or more
complex cases legal advice is desirable and it will probably be
necessary to instruct a land surveyor with experience of boundary
disputes. We are able to make recommendations.
Where a disputed boundary has been in place for many years the
dispute usually turns into an adverse possession case.
If you have a boundary dispute then whatever the nature of the
land it is desirable to obtain legal advice from a boundary dispute
solicitor as soon as possible. This is particularly important in a
residential case where two neighbours are in dispute. Effective
representation at this stage may avoid a long, bitter and expensive
dispute. If there is litigation we are able to provide
representation in preparing a case for trial usually working
along-side a land surveyor (as an expert witness).