Rights to Light - A practical Overview and Update

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Course Overview

In December 2014, the Law Commission published its final report on Rights to Light. The report reflects the growing number of disputes in recent years concerning easements of light and highlights some of the limitations of the existing law.

Rights to light sometimes prove problematic for homeowners because such easements are rarely acquired by express grant in a deed and, even when they have been acquired, pursuing remedies for their infringement is not straightforward.

A neighbour’s rights to light can also be financially crippling for a property developer that has been required by injunction to dismantle a major development and ordered to pay damages for an infringement.

Delivered by solicitor and experienced lecturer Stephen Desmond, this course will look at how to manage key risks that have arisen in practice, case law and, occasionally, inadequately drafted deeds.

This course will be of particular interest to property lawyers whose clients have a clear interest in asserting or avoiding a right to light claim, and will focus on the key competencies which you will require in order to keep abreast of the key issues in this complex area of law.

What are the requirements?

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Be able to assess the risk of an injunction for property developers
      • Know how to establish prescriptive easements of light and identifying if there has been an actionable obstruction
      • Understand Navigating the Rights of Light Act 1959, including light obstruction notices
      • Feel confident when advising clients on the implications of key decisions, such as the Supreme Court decision in Coventry v Lawrence

What is the target audience?




About Instructor - Stephen Desmond

Stephen Desmond has been delivering training for over 15 years during which time he has delivered more than 1,800 CPD events to lawyers from a variety of backgrounds. Delegates at these events have included practitioners from a variety of size of firms, ranging from sole practitioners to City Solicitors. 

Stephen is a contributing editor to Butterworths Property Law Service, published by Lexis Nexis, writing on the complex law relating to long and short leases.  He writes for the Solicitors Group on the subject of commercial property. 
He has run a university-accredited distance-learning course for aspiring paralegals in the subject of residential conveyancing.

A former practicing Solicitor with several years post-qualification experience, Stephen has represented many business and private clients, including property investors and local authorities.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • part 1
  • part 2


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