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Laura Southgate, a partner in our Real Estate team writes for the Sunday Times

Laura Southgate, a partner in our real estate dispute resolution team, was featured in the Sunday Times responding to a reader’s question as to whether there was anything that he could do about seeds from a sycamore tree on a neighbouring property falling into his garden and causing various problems, not least new sycamore trees growing appearing in his garden. Laura’s advice was that, unless he can show that the seeds are causing actual damage to or unreasonably interfering with his use of his own property (neither of which are easy hurdles to overcome) there is unlikely to be any formal legal action that he can take. However, all is not lost. He can ask his neighbour to cut back any branches that overhang his garden or, if his neighbour refuses, he can take matters into his own hands and do so himself.