Japanese Knotweed

We are specialists in sorting out any problems caused by Japanese Knotweed and other invasive weeds. Most of our claims are run on a no win no fee basis

The problem is greatly on the increase. The main culprits in cases like this tend to be large land-owners who don’t manage and maintain their estates. In our experience the most common offenders are:

  • Network Rail; who let the problem spread almost unchecked along railway embankments
  • Local Councils; who let the problem gather on abandoned or untended land
  • Highways authorities which let the weeds spread along abandoned tracks and verges
  • Large builders and companies or churches or schools which own large estates but don’t take proper steps to deal with the Japanese Knotweed

Problems mainly arise in the following situations:

  • Where Japanese knotweed has spread to your land from a neighbouring property;
  • Where you bought a house but the seller didn’t tell you about an existing Japanese knotweed problem;
  • Where you bought a house and the surveyor failed to spot Japanese Knotweed when completing the survey prior to purchase

Japanese Knotweed can cause damage to buildings by getting under foundations, and between cracks in the walls, or on driveways and paths. Buyers and lenders very wary of completing the purchase of any property which is affected by Japanese Knotweed. Therefore, you might find it impossible to sell an affected property.

All our litigation claims can be run on a NO WIN NO FEE basis!

Network Rail have recently suffered a big loss at trial on this issue in: Williams v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd.

The court made it clear that Network Rail will be liable if they allow Japanese Knotweed to invade a neighbours land. The head of our firm, Chris Rudd, was the lawyer who started the claim of Williams v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd so Chris decided to set up his own firm of solicitors to help people in suffering in similar circumstances to Mr Williams.

On successful conclusion of a claim we can force the party at fault to:

  • Permanently remove all the weeds
  • Pay for an insurance policy which covers you if the Japanese knotweed returns
  • Pay you compensation, as well as refunds for any losses you suffered – the compensation you are paid is likely to be over £10,000 and may be over £20,000

And remember – we can do this on a no win no fee basis so it needn’t cost you anything.

Enquire today and we’ll give you advice and help you get the compensation you are owed!