As market leaders in the specialist fields of Rights of Light and Daylighting and Sunlighting, Malcolm Hollis offers a comprehensive and bespoke range of services across the UK to both developers (to minimise risk and associated delay and cost escalation) and neighbouring owners.

New developments have the potential to obstruct light to existing neighbouring buildings, but whether or not that leads to a Rights of Light (RoL) injury or the refusal of planning permission is a highly technical question.

We have over 15 years’ experience in both RoL and Daylight, Sunlight and Overshadowing (DSO) assessment and this, coupled with using the latest specialist software programs, means that we can identify potential problems very quickly and propose solutions (such as design alterations) that eliminate planning risk and abate the potential for neighbourly disputes.  Working for both developers and neighbours to proposed schemes our input is also often called upon by our in-house Project Management team to ensure that RoL/DSO matters are properly considered from the outset.

Although an undeniably complex field, our graphical presentation and reporting formats – as well as our advice and solutions – are clear, unambiguous and practical.  Our experience in negotiating with opposing parties is invaluable in situations where design modifications are unfeasible or a Rights of Light injury is unavoidable.

Working in collaboration with our in-house Environmental and Energy & Sustainability specialists we also offer a range of other services to assist developers and others in the design and planning stages of new projects such as: High-level Site Appraisals, BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) Assessments; Code for Sustainable Homes Assessments; EIA (Environmental Impact Assessments) Analysis and ES (Environmental Statement) Chapters.

We understand that there will be occasions when it is necessary for you to seek advice from other professionals, for instance lawyers.  To assist you with this, we highly recommend using our on-board lawyer, Vivien King.  Vivien has a wealth of experience in the property litigation field having practised for years as a partner in a well known firm of solicitors.  Whilst no longer in practice she can help you in directing your questions to the right people including barristers.  Should a dispute escalate we also offer a broad range of dispute resolution options.

Those requiring neighbourly matters advice may also be interested in our Party Walls and Neighbourly Matters service.  Our specialist team can assist clients either planning to undertake development works or those occupying neighbouring property.