Case Preview: Balhousie Holdings Ltd v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (Scotland) – UKSC Blog

Posted February 25th, 2021 in care homes, leases, news, sale of land, Scotland, Supreme Court, VAT by sally

‘In this post, Jacob Gilkes, a member of the tax team at CMS, previews the decision awaited from the UK Supreme Court in the matter of Balhousie Holdings Limited v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, which concerns whether a sale and leaseback transaction should be regarded for VAT purposes as a disposal by the seller of its “entire interest” in the building.’

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UKSC Blog, 25th February 2021

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Here’s what the Romans did for us, Court of Appeal explains – Litigation Futures

Posted June 18th, 2020 in animals, fisheries, news, receivers, sale of land by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has gone back to a Roman legal scholar from AD 161 to help determine who owned fish in a lake in Lancashire after it was sold.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th June 2020

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Should I claim or should I wait? – Falcon Chambers

Posted June 16th, 2020 in coronavirus, enfranchisement, leases, mortgages, news, sale of land by sally

‘Since the property market coronavirus restrictions were lifted on 13 May 2020, there has been a reported rush to buy and sell houses and flats. Where property is leasehold, the sale of the lease is often the trigger which leads to a claim being made for either a new lease or the freehold under the Leasehold Reform Acts. The purchaser will always be concerned to see exactly what term is being acquired. A lessee of a flat wishing to buy a new lease must have owned the lease for two years before serving a notice (s. 39(2)(a) of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993). The same ownership period applies to a claim to acquire the freehold of a house (s. 1(1)(b) of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967).’

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Falcon Chambers, June 2020

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Ezair v. Conn [2020] EWCA (Civ) 687 – Falcon Chambers

Posted June 16th, 2020 in constructive trusts, contracts, news, sale of land by sally

‘In Ezair v. Conn [2020] EWCA (Civ) 687, the Court of Appeal has struck a blow in favour of established doctrine, in a case involving uncompleted contracts for the sale and sub-sale of land.’

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Falcon Chambers, 4th June 2020

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To complete or not to complete? Notices to Complete and Specific Performance – Falcon Chambers

Posted June 5th, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, enforcement, news, sale of land by sally

‘Once the parties to a contract for the sale and purchase of land (or for the grant and acceptance of a lease) become contractually bound, then, other things being equal, neither of them should be able to back out – at least, not without some default of the other party to exploit. Of course, some such contracts are conditional, and the parties do not necessarily become unconditionally bound until some later date, if at all. But when the parties do become unconditionally bound, one or the other of them may ask the question: how can I force the reluctant party to complete? Or, looking at the problem from the other end: when do I have to complete? Can I be forced to complete?’

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Falcon Chambers, May 2020

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Sale and Development Agreements: Obligations to Use Endeavours – Falcon Chambers

Posted June 5th, 2020 in chambers articles, contracts, coronavirus, news, sale of land by sally

‘At the time of writing, the UK remains subject to stringent and extensive measures which have been enacted by Parliament in response to the Covid19 pandemic. Although there has been some relaxation since the “lockdown” was first introduced in mid-March 2020, large parts of the economy remain on hold. This has had and will continue, for some time, to have an effect on the ability and desire of parties to contracts for the sale and/or development of land to perform their obligations. It will also affect the extent to which transactions of this sort continue to be entered into and the terms of sale and development agreements may well need to adapt to the changing landscape.’

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Falcon Chambers, May 2020

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Administration of estates involving land during the pandemic – The 36 Group

Posted May 12th, 2020 in coronavirus, executors, news, rent, repossession, sale of land by sally

‘It is common for the estates of deceased persons to have as part of their assets land occupied by persons other than the personal representatives. This property might comprise residential or business premises let to tenants and generating an income for the estate, or, a common case, property occupied by the deceased together with a licensee (such as an adult child of the deceased) until death and which continues to be occupied by that licensee after death. The circumstances of the pandemic and its attendant legislation may complicate dealings with such premises, and those complications are considered here.’

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The 36 Group, 27th April 2020

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Overriding interest trumped by overreaching – Radcliffe Chambers

Posted April 16th, 2020 in chambers articles, easements, mortgages, news, sale of land by sally

‘It was in City of London Building Society v Flegg that the House of Lords notably considered the position of overriding interests and those interests said to overreach them in the context of a mortgage of a property occupied by a third party. The courts had reason to revisit this area of the law much more recently in Baker v Craggs when the owner of the dominant tenement of an easement claimed that his interest overreached the overriding interest of the owner of the servient tenement. Now, in an ex tempore judgment given on the 19th March 2020, Jeremy Hyam QC, sitting as a Recorder in the County Court at Bristol, has adjudicated upon a similar issue in the case of Knight v Fernley in which the unregistered purchaser of a property who had gone into actual occupation of it claimed that her interest overrode that of a later transferee of the very same land.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 31st March 2020

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Check your Email Signatures! – Falcon Chambers

‘As every property practitioner knows, s 2(3) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 (the 1989 Act) requires a contract for the sale or other disposition of land to be ‘signed by or on behalf of each party’. Neocleous v Rees [2019] EWHC 2462 (Ch), [2019] All ER (D) 25 (Oct) was the first occasion on which the court was asked to determine whether an email footer satisfied the requirement for a signature in s 2(3). The issue arose in the context of an alleged compromise agreement between the parties to a property dispute, which was contained in an exchange of emails between their solicitors. Viewed in the wider context of the earlier authorities, and a recent Law Commission report, the decision encourages practitioners to consider how formality requirements in property transactions—and more generally—are now operating in an increasingly digital world.’

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Falcon Chambers, 13th March 2020

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Naturalist who wanted to rewild family farm loses 15-year legal battle with his brother, as judge rules he cannot prevent sale – Daily Telegraph

‘A naturalist who wanted to rewild the family farm has lost a 15-year legal battle with his brother after a judge ruled he cannot prevent the sale.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2020

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“Neighbour From Hell?” – Church Court Chambers

Posted November 28th, 2019 in disclosure, misrepresentation, news, noise, nuisance, sale of land, trespass by sally

Does your neighbour regularly park across your driveway? Have a dog that howls or barks incessantly? Play drum and bass music into the early hours? Have children that make uncontrolled noise or trespass regularly onto your property? Use power tools at anti-social hours at the weekend? Do you have a neighbour from hell? Have you raised a complaint to your neighbour directly or to others such as the police or the Local Authority? If so, your property may have suffered a Diminution in Value as a result of such anti-social behaviour or harassment. The value of your property depends on good neighbours and maintaining cordial relations.

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Church Court Chambers, November 2019

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An appeal is not a form of gratuitous essay-marking exercise – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 22nd, 2019 in appeals, contracts, judgments, news, sale of land by tracey

‘The recent Court of Appeal judgment in Farrar v Rylatt should serve as a warning to practitioners of the uphill struggle that a party faces when attempting to appeal a trial judge’s findings of fact.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 22nd November 2019

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“No more waiting for the ink to dry” Electronic Signatures in Property Transactions – Landmark Chambers

Posted November 1st, 2019 in documents, electronic filing, news, sale of land by sally

‘On 3 September 2019, the Law Commission published its report entitled “Electronic execution of documents” (Law Com No 386). It is a report that is of interest to all lawyers, but is of particular interest to property lawyers, given the extent to which formality requirements apply in the context of property transactions.’

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Landmark Chambers, 17th October 2019

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Signing Off and Signatures in the Digital Age: Neocleous & Anor v Rees [2019] EWHC 2462 (Ch) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 31st, 2019 in contracts, electronic mail, news, rights of way, sale of land by sally

‘Section 2(1) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 (‘the 1989 Act’) provides that a contract for the sale or other disposition of an interest in land can only be made in writing. Under section 2(3), the documents incorporating the terms must be signed by or on behalf of each party to the contract.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th October 2019

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Ocean Outdoor v London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham [2019] EWCA Civ 1642 – Monckton Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2019 in appeals, contracts, damages, local government, news, public procurement, sale of land by sally

‘In a major judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal last week, Coulson LJ has given important guidance on the scope of the Concessions Contract Regulations 2016 (“the CCRs”), the extent of the land transaction exemption, and the requirements for claimants to show ‘sufficiently serious breach’ in procurement claims more generally. This was the first case to consider the CCRs in such a level of detail, and – in a ruling likely to be welcomed by public authorities – the meaning of ‘concession contract’ for the purposes of the Regulations is construed relatively narrowly, with the land transaction exemption given a conversely generous interpretation. The judge’s comments on the hurdles which a claimant must surmount to be awarded Francovich damages for breaches of procurement law also have a notably pro-defendant slant.’

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Monckton Chambers, 16th October 2019

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Divorcing couples: beware the capital gains tax trap – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 10th, 2019 in capital gains tax, divorce, matrimonial home, news, penalties, sale of land, time limits by tracey

‘A change to the capital gains tax (CGT) rules from April 2020 means divorcing or separating couples in the UK will have a shorter period of time in which to sell their interest in the family home without being hit by tax penalties.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th October 2019

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‘Fearful’ principal forged signatures to cover mistake – Law Society Gazette

Posted August 14th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, forgery, mistake, news, sale of land, solicitors by michael

‘A law firm principal who claimed to be scared of losing his job if he admitted a mistake has been struck off for acting dishonestly.’

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Law Society Gazette, 12th August 2019

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Solicitor sanctioned for role in fraudulent transfer of Islamic centre – Legal Futures

Posted April 15th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, fines, fraud, news, sale of land, solicitors by michael

‘A solicitor who recklessly facilitated a “dubious transaction” involving an Islamic community centre has been fined £20,000 and given a suspended suspension.’

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Legal Futures, 15th April 2019

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High court victory for group seeking to build ‘black Canary Wharf’ – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in covenants, minorities, news, planning, sale of land by tracey

‘One of the UK’s largest black communities is celebrating a victory in the high court over a contested piece of land it wants to transform into a “black Canary Wharf”.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2019

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Couple unable to sell home after discovering public footpath running though living room – The Independent

Posted March 14th, 2019 in footpaths, local government, news, rights of way, sale of land by tracey

‘Couple unable to sell home after discovering public footpath running though living room.’

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The Independent, 13th March 2019

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