Cripps Harries Hall

Property disputes

Disputes over one's home can be unsettling. We recognise that, and will help you resolve them effectively - without going to court if possible.

What we do

We give advice and help to resolve disputes over land and buildings and their use.


Boundary disputes. Overhanging trees. Encroachment (using part of your land as if it were their own). Noise and other unneighbourly conduct. Building extensions.

Landlords and tenants

Lease and tenancy agreements can be difficult to understand. What are your rights if a tenant causes damage, or your landlord does not provide services, for example?

If you live in a leasehold house or flat you may have rights to buy your freehold or a longer lease, or to take over management.

Restrictive covenants

You or a neighbour may be restricted in how land can be used. You may need to enforce those restrictions against a neighbour, or apply to have your own restrictions removed or modified.


Rights - such as rights of way, rights to drain, rights of light - are a frequent cause of argument. Do the rights exist? Are they being correctly used? Where a right is shared, like a shared drive, it may be obstructed, or a neighbour may not pay for maintenance.

Co-ownership and cohabitation

What rights do joint owners have, or those who live together in the same property?

Buying and selling

If something goes wrong when you are buying or selling a home you will need urgent advice as each day's delay can be expensive.

Why Cripps Harries Hall?

With 17 lawyers we have one of the largest property dispute resolution teams in the UK, with specialists in all relevant areas of law. We are very proud to have our expertise and our commitment to our clients independently recognised by being ranked No. 1 for property dispute resolution in the South East of England.

We understand the need to resolve disputes as quickly and cheaply as possible. We are able to resolve most disputes without going to court.

Next steps

For further information please contact Carol Wakeford, Mike Scott or Miles Paffard.

Latest news Date
+ Cripps shortlisted for Citywealth Magic Circle Awards
We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2014 for ‘Law Firm of the Year – Regional’ category.
Name Role Contact
Tom Evans Solicitor +44 (0)1892 506 034
Fiona Hillier Senior Manager - Landlord Services Team +44 (0)1892 506 330
Richard Housley Associate +44 (0)1892 506 204
Freddie Jackson Solicitor +44 (0)1892 506 068
Simon Jones Associate +44 (0)1892 506 293
Miles Paffard Partner +44 (0)1892 506 216
Mike Scott Partner +44 (0)1892 506 101
Carol Wakeford Partner +44 (0)1892 506 116
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+ CrippsLife issue 18 - Spring 2013
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+ CrippsRetail Review - March 2013
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+ The Best ways to act without delays…
IF YOU are fortunate enough to have your offer on a property accepted, it is important that any deal does not fall through due to delays in the conveyancing process. Darren Philpot, associate solicitor at Cripps Harries Hall, shows how forward planning can help to avoid the majority of common delays.
+ Resolving disputes with your builders
Despite carefully selecting a builder and getting a written agreement in place before building work is done on your home, sometimes things can still go wrong. Gemma Pearmain, an Associate at law firm Cripps Harries Hall, advises on how to deal with disputes if they arise.
+ 12 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Your Own Property
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+ How to end a business lease
How leases of business premises may be brought to an end depends on a number of factors. Who wants to end it; whether the lease is coming to a natural end or whether it is to be terminated early; whether the tenant is in breach, and whether the lease is a true business lease afforded the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Key contacts

Miles Paffard
Property disputes
+44 (0)1892 506 216
Mike Scott
Property disputes
+44 (0)1892 506 101
Carol Wakeford
Property disputes
+44 (0)1892 506 116

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What others say

Broad-ranging, high-profile practice that represents some of the leading property owners and corporate occupiers in the country.

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Able to advise on every area of real estate litigation, with each partner focusing on a particular specialism.

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Recognised as the premier real estate litigation team in Kent. Its strength in depth and stellar client base set it apart from the crowd.

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"They are a quality property litigation practice."

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"They are certainly top in Kent."

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