Tamares (Vincent Square) Ltd. v Fairpoint Properties (Vincent Square) Ltd: ChD 8 Feb 2007

The defendant had been found liable for infringing the claimant’s right of light. The court considered the proper measure of damages.
Held: The court should ask what might be the fair result of a hypothetical negiation for the sale of the right, bearing the context in mind, including the significant power of the dominant owner to prevent a development to demand some part of the likely profit. In the absence of evidence of the size of any profit, the court could use a multiplier.


Gabriel Moss QC


[2007] EWHC 212 (Ch), Times 14-Feb-2007




England and Wales


See AlsoTamares (Vincent Square) Ltd v Fairpoint Properties (Vincent Square) Ltd ChD 4-Sep-2006
Dispute as to right of light – proposed development likely to breach right for dominant tenement. . .
CitedWrotham Park Estate Ltd v Parkside Homes Ltd ChD 1974
55 houses had been built by the defendant, knowingly in breach of a restrictive covenant, imposed for the benefit of an estate, and in the face of objections by the claimant.
Held: The restrictive covenant not to develop other than in . .
CitedBracewell v Appleby ChD 1975
The defendant wrongly used and asserted a right of way over a private road to a house which he had built.
Held: To restrain the defendant from using the road would render the new house uninhabitable. The court refused an injunction on the . .
CitedCarr-Saunders v Dick McNeill Associates 1986
The claim was for interference with the plaintiff’s right to light.
Held: There is a need to approach infringements of easements of light with flexibility. The plaintiff’s subjective views as to the loss of light were not to the point. When . .
CitedAmec Developments Limited v Jury’s Hotel Management (UK) Limited 2001
A hotel had been built so as to encroach across a building line in breach of covenant, allowing the hotel to have 25 more rooms than it would otherwise have enjoyed. The court considered conflicting evidence as to the capital value of the additional . .
CitedLiverpool and Lancashire Properties Limited and Another v Lunn Poly Ltd and Another CA 15-Mar-2006
Where a tenant successfully obtained relief from forfeiture, and compensatory damages were payable under the 1858 Act in lieu of an injunction, and had assigned the lease for a profit the court could exceptionally use its equitable jurisdiction to . .

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See AlsoTamares (Vincent Square) Ltd v Fairpoint Properties (Vincent Square) Ltd ChD 9-Mar-2007
Dispute over right to light.
Gabriel Moss QC HHJ said: ‘I would deduce the following principles from these cases in relation to the assessment of damages for loss of the ability to prevent an infringement of a right to light at the point just . .
CitedHKRUK II (CHC) Ltd v Heaney ChD 3-Sep-2010
The claimant sought a declaration that its property was free of a suggested right of light in favour of its neighbour . .
Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete.

Land, Damages

Updated: 17 June 2022; Ref: scu.250597