Why compromise and take legal advice are vital in neighbour disputes

31st May 2016

Why compromise and take legal advice are vital in neighbour disputes

Disputes between neighbours can quickly spiral out of control – and when they do, the financial repercussions can be severe.

Lawyers are trained to defuse ill-feeling and encourage compromise, which is why seeking expert legal advice is so important.

Failure to do so can have serious consequences – a fact emphasised in one recent court case.

A couple who engaged in a fruitless six-year boundary dispute, largely without representation, ended up having to pay their opponents’ hefty legal bills.

The owners of a neighbouring 800-acre agricultural estate took the couple to court, claiming that they had encroached over the boundary and absorbed three parcels of land into their garden. The couple began by representing themselves and instructed lawyers only when the case was well underway.

Following three lengthy hearings – two in the county court, interspersed by another in the Court of Appeal – the couple were comprehensively defeated. After hearing expert evidence and analysing documents and ordnance survey maps dating back to the 1920s, a judge found that the boundary lay along the line of a hedge, meaning that the disputed parcels of land all fell within the estate.

The facts of the case emerged as the Court of Appeal refused the couple permission to challenge the ruling.

Given the length and complexity of the case, the legal costs incurred by the owners of the estate – payable by the couple – are likely to run into six figures.

How can Gotelee help?

Sometimes disputes can’t be avoided. But before embarking on any course of action, you should in the first instance contact our Dispute Resolution Team, who can advise on how best to resolve the matter – thus saving time, and reducing costs and stress.

For more information or a no-obligation discussion about how our solicitors in Ipswich can help, contact Holly Sadler on 01473 298193 or holly.sadler@gotelee.co.uk.

Blog Posts

‘Can you Hear Me?’ The Voice of the Service User

28/03/2018

Gotelee was delighted to sponsor a landmark University of Suffolk conference earlier this month,…

Read More
Upcoming Events

First Business Breakfast

12/04/2018

The First Business Breakfast is an excellent opportunity for Suffolk businesses to build connections,…

Read More
News Posts

Royal Mail fined £12,000 for sending almost 330,000 nuisance emails in two days

23/04/2018

 The penalty, which follows an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), comes just…

Read More

Testimonials

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

"I have used Tracey Laflin at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."

- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd

"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"

- MT

"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."

- JH

"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."

- Ros Jones

"Domini was very fast and efficient in carrying out her work for me - she was also very good at explaining things to me"

-

"Prompt, helpful, polite and very professional service"

-

"The ease that we could access and speak to Pat Smith - Thank you"

-

"We found Rachel Dawson outstanding, polite, professional and caring."

-

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact.