Past Events

Rights to light: when to settle and when to fight

15th Jun 2017

Mark Wonnacott QC and Harriet Holmes will present this two-part seminar series, followed by a Q&A session with David Reynolds and Andrew Smith.

Tickets are limited, to sign up please email us.


Mark is a developer. Harriet is the owner of a neighbouring industrial building, which has been converted into a block of flats. Unbeknownst to Mark, Harriet is going to do whatever she can to make Mark’s ability to develop his land difficult, but does Harriet have the rights or ability to do so?

In telling their story, from first approach through to a possible resolution, these seminars are intended to provoke debate and explore some of the current thinking on issues that arise in rights to light matters. Each ‘part’ has been designed to be ‘stand-alone’ but, for the full experience, attendees are encouraged to attend both.

Part One

Topics include: types of deed including reservation of rights; windows in common parts; LONs vs unilateral consents; and whether variation of the lease to ‘add the right back in’ (as done in Midtown) should work.

Part Two

Topics include: remedies; whether Waldram diagrams are appropriate; trees; daylight studies; cut-backs including what one should cut back to and whether parasitic loss is recoverable; and apportionment of compensation.


  • Part one: Thursday 15th June, 18:00 – 19:30
  • Part two: Thursday 29th June,  18:00 – 19:30


  • JLL, 30 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NH
Expertise: Rights of Light


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