Rachel Gimson Senior Associate

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Contact Details

“We’ve really gone through such a terrible time and your professionalism and caring approach has meant more to us than I can honestly express in a simple email.”

Mr C. Fleet

“First class service from an excellent solicitor.”

Mr S. Oxford
Rachel is an experienced litigation solicitor who advises on all aspects of Property Litigation disputes.

Main area of practice

Rachel's practice includes real property disputes (such as boundary matters, rights of way and adverse possession) with particular experience in right to light cases, together with landlord and tenant disputes (including commercial, long leasehold and short residential tenancies) and other property related matters.

Clients

Rachel has significant experience of working with high net worth individuals as well as advising business clients in relation to landlord and tenant matters.

Significant experience

  • Successfully obtaining substantial damages for infringement with the clients' right to light from a neighbour's extension
  • Resolving a long standing neighbour dispute concerning the ownership of land and adverse possession at mediation
  • Obtaining an injunction and damages for clients to prevent use of a neighbour's land in breach of covenant and to limit inappropriate use of a right of way.

Other expertise

Rachel also advises on Contentious Probate matters in conjunction with our Private Client department including validity of wills, claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and constructive and resulting trusts which may arise from a contribution to property.

“Excellent service.”

Ms G. Southampton

Expertise

Rachel’s Blog

Is there a right to light at the end of the tunnel?

We are approaching the first anniversary of the case of Scott v Aimiuwu [2015] in which a classic dispute arose between neighbours as to the effect of one party's proposed extension on the amount of natural light entering the other party's property.

Will mediation become compulsory in neighbour disputes?

The Court encourages parties in all disputes to consider settlement at every stage and that mediation has become more popular as a means of resolving disagreements.

Articles by Rachel

Boundary disputes to be overhauled

Article

While we await the new date for the Property Boundaries Bill to be considered in the House of Commons Our expert looks at the Bill and how it will revolutionise boundary disputes.

Court rules are (not) made to be broken

Article

The Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" defamation case in 2013 was well known for the political furore. Within legal circles, the case was a stark example of the court losing patience with people, and their lawyers, ignoring the rules.

Rights to Light update: How your behaviour with neighbours will impact your risk of an injunction

Article

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal is a stark example of the effect conduct has on the court's discretion to grant an injunction.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Boundary disputes to be overhauled

While we await the new date for the Property Boundaries Bill to be considered in the House of Commons Our expert looks at the Bill and how it will revolutionise boundary disputes.

Landlords' consent: when can landlords refuse for fear of enfranchisement?

A recent case has updated the law on refusing consent (to assign, sublet, change use etc) on the basis that the tenant might acquire the freehold: it will be harder to do so in some modern leases.

Rights to Light update: How your behaviour with neighbours will impact your risk of an injunction

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal is a stark example of the effect conduct has on the court's discretion to grant an injunction.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016