The respondent commenced excavation and piling works on a property neighbouring the appellants’ property and served a party wall notice after the works had commenced. Cracks appeared in the appellants’ property, which the appellants alleged were caused by the works being carried out by the respondent.

The issues were whether the damage caused to the appellants’ property was caused by the works carried out by the respondents and whether the costs of the dispute resolution procedure provided for by the Party Wall etc Act 1996 were recoverable.