Within England and Wales, the Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a method for preventing and resolving disputes between owners of neighbouring properties when construction work or excavations are being carried out along or near the boundary between premises.

The Act places a duty on the Building Owner to service notice on an Adjoining Owner to inform them of their intentions and to provide details of the work to be carried out.
If upon receiving the notice, the Adjoining Owner fails to respond or dissents from the work a dispute is said to have arisen. Once a dispute has arisen, each owner must appoint a Surveyor who will then prepare a Party Wall Award to reach an agreement on what, how and when the work will be carried out. The Award will also specify who will be responsible for the cost of the work.

CSN Consulting regularly act as Party Wall Surveyors for both Building Owners and Adjoining Owners on construction projects which range from small domestic extensions to large multi-million pound commercial developments. Previous clients have included Nexus, Newcastle University, Metnor Group PLC, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust.