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1. The ideal situation here would be if you could reach some acceptable solution with your neighbour about the height of the tree, such as maintaining it at 12ft high. However, if that does not work, then your strict rights are to cut back any overhanging branches to the midpoint line of the boundary and to dig a trench along the boundary and cut the roots back to the midpoint line of the boundary. However, given the height of the tree, an agreement would be more acceptable. .I would suggest that you get the authority from your neighbour to speak to the tree surgeon so you can instruct him in doing the work as well. This is how you will get best results. If necessary, offer to pay part of the costs of the tree surgeon.
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