The Party Wall etc. Act 1996: differences of opinion in interpreting section 1

Robin Ainsworth (Robin Ainsworth is the Principal Director of Ainsworth Surveying Services Limited. He is a building surveyor, specialising in boundary and party wall matters. He is the secretary of the North West Pyramus & Thisbe Club and a member of the Club’s National Council. )

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Notes that differences of opinion often arise regarding the correct interpretation of provisions within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Argues that this is frequently due to ambiguities within the wording of the statute and to a lack of clarity within its provisions regarding its relationship to the common law. Examines three areas within section 1 of the statute where differences of opinion arise and challenges some of the assumptions regarding their correct interpretation. Concludes that differences of opinion will continue to arise until the deficiencies within the legislation are properly addressed.



Ainsworth, R. (2000), "The Party Wall etc. Act 1996: differences of opinion in interpreting section 1", Structural Survey, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 213-217.

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