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Right to Light, and Daylight and Sunlight for Planning Applications

About Smith Marston Ltd

Smith Marston Ltd are consultants specialising in Neighbourly Matters,covering the whole of the United Kingdom.

From our regional offices, we provide specialist advice in respect of Legal Right to Light matters plus Daylight and Sunlight assessments in accordance with the BRE guidance to accompany applications for planning permission.

We act for individuals, developers, architects and other consultants, providing specialist advice and guidance regarding legal rights of light assessments, BRE Daylight and Sunlight tests plus advice regarding site layout and design for optimum use of diffuse daylight and sunlight.

In addition to our right to light services, we also offer specialist advice and can act on your behalf with regards to associated matters such as Boundary Assessments and the Party Wall Act.

  • Legal Rights to Light
  • BRE Daylight & Sunlight Reports
  • Advice for Developers

  • Advice for Neighbours
  • Expert Witness
  • Regional offices across the UK
  • Regulated by RICS
  • Specialists in associated matters such as Boundary Assessments and the Party Wall Act
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Acting for individuals, developers, architects and other consultants

Meet the Team

Heading the dedicated team working on all matters concerning Legal Rights to Light and BRE Daylight and Sunlight studies are the two Directors, Philip Smith and Adrian Marston, both of whom have many years of experience of this complex subject.

Philip Smith

Philip, one of the two Directors, has been a Chartered Building Surveyor since 1991. Philip now specialises in acting as an Expert Witness for boundary and building disputes and legal Right of Light projects. Philip also typically acts for neighbours to developments, although not exclusively, advising them on both planning related matters, and of course, legal right to lights issues.

Adrian Marston

Adrian, one of the two Directors, has been a Chartered Building Surveyor since 1999. Adrian typically acts for developers, assessing their neighbourly matters requirements. This involves preparing their Daylight and Sunlight reports for Planning Applications, preparing Right of Light Risk Assessments, and advising on party wall requirements, often then dealing with all party wall notices and Awards that follow.

Julie Pearson
Julie joined us in October 2015, following a career change for a former Quantity Surveyor. Julie specialises in 3D computer modelling, and, undertakes Daylight and Sunlight Assessments, and Right to Light Assessments for both commercial developers and residential home owners. Julie has kept the directors busy by organising a comprehensive program of CPD talks to architects and Local Authorities.
Darryl Bingham
Darryl joined is in 2008 and specialises in AutoCAD. Right to Light work involves a lot of 3D computer modelling, and use of 2D AutoCAD drawings, and thus Darryl provides essential technical back up to us all. Darryl, a Chartered Building Surveyor, also has experience in Party Wall matters, and thus is an integral part of our Neighbourly Matters team.
Paul Harrison
Paul is a Chartered Building Surveyor, and previously headed up the Building Surveying team at national firm LSH in their Newcastle office, before joining us in March 2017. Paul has a wealth of experience in dealing with Party Wall matters, covering large commercial schemes, as well as residential appointments, and can act as either ‘Building Owners’, ‘Adjoining Owners’, or as ‘Agreed Surveyor’.
Frances Marshall
Frances joined us in 2016, and is our indispensable Office Manager, who keeps the whole thing running smoothly! Frances deals with all our instructions in an administrative capacity, and, will often be your first port of call when telephoning us. Frances can ensure you get put through to the person best suited to your particular requirements.
Paul Fawell
Paul is the director at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Paul is responsible for business development and is focused on achieving shared success for clients and employees. Paul has over 15 years of surveying experience. Before specialising in rights of light, Paul worked as a Senior Surveyor at EC Harris LLP on projects in central London and the West End.
Anthony Fawell
Anthony is a Senior Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Anthony’s technical expertise and client focus has enabled him to successfully deliver some of our largest and most complex projects. Anthony has also developed computer facilitated techniques to undertake Building Research Establishment (BRE) daylight and sunlight calculations.
Paul Hearmon
Paul is a Senior Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Paul has undertaken numerous commissions to advise developers on the impact their schemes will have on the daylight, sunlight and rights of light enjoyed by neighbouring properties. This has required technical and detailed design advice for many high profile landmark buildings and clients. Paul has also been involved in a number of complex legal negotiations.
Shirley Ellis
Shirley is a Senior Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Shirley specialises in providing advice on a diverse range of proposals from home extensions to major city developments. Shirley’s clients include residential and commercial property owners, management companies, hotel chains, local authorities and housing associations. Shirley also provides a practical approach to dispute resolution and negotiation.
Anthon Ranjit-Singh
Anthon is a Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Anthon has experience of working for a diverse group of clients including commercial property developers, churches and housing associations. He also has previous party wall experience, has a keen interest in the technical side of rights of light and enjoys the team aspect of managing projects.
Matthew Jones
Matthew is a Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Matthew has worked on some of our most complex and technically challenging projects, managing rights of light risks and maximising development potential for his clients. Matthew uses his technical knowledge and critical evaluation skills to help developers address daylight and sunlight considerations.
Jonathan Ray
Jonathan is a Senior Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Before working for Right of Light Consulting, Jonathan worked at PWS Surveyors. Jonathan has since worked on developments ranging from small domestic extensions through to large commercial projects. His commitment to client needs means each project is given individual attention to ensure successful delivery.
Joe Palmer
Joe is a Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Joe has a strong background in design and technical analysis, along with experience in customer service, enabling him to work towards becoming a fully qualified Right of Light Surveyor. Since joining, Joe has assisted colleagues with developer projects, undertaken individual client facing site visits and investigated objector enquiries. Joe has also been involved in supporting some new business development ideas.
Alice Cook
Alice is a Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Alice has worked extensively in the customer service industry allowing her to be very client focused and support the objector side of the business that requires high levels of effective communication. Alice has been assisting on the daylight and sunlight calculations for large development projects, helping to interpret the data and advise accordingly, allowing her to make progress towards becoming a Right of Light Surveyor.
Charles McMahon
Charles is a Right of Light Surveyor at Smith Marston Ltd’s associate firm, Right of Light Consulting. Charles has a keen interest in matters concerning legal rights of light and negotiations, applying skills derived from his previous experience with legal academia and law enforcement. Charles has experience working with the public enquiries team for High Speed Two where he dealt with a range of property and legal related matters that included right of light. Charles is nearing completion of surveyor training with both developer and objector clients.