Deposit Dilemmas – Tanfield Chambers

Posted July 12th, 2016 in contracts, deposits, news, repayment, rescission, sale of land by sally

‘Contracts for the sale of land can fail to complete for many reasons. The Standard Conditions and Standard Commercial Conditions require a 10% deposit to be paid on exchange of contracts. This can amount to a substantial sum of money. Purchasers will know that where they fail to complete it is commonplace for the vendor to retain that deposit. In the current market, with property prices soaring ever higher, the out-of-pocket purchaser may be justified in feeling that the vendor has obtained a windfall in keeping the deposit and selling the property on to a third party at a higher price.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 6th July 2016


Court of Appeal: SDLT not payable by company using Shari’a finance scheme –

‘Project Blue Limited (PBL) was not liable for stamp duty land tax (SDLT) in respect of its acquisition of the former Chelsea Barracks by means of a Shari’a finance scheme, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

Full story, 31st May 2016


FCA wins landbanking case, but investors still likely to lose out – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2016 in appeals, financial regulation, news, planning, sale of land, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Asset Land’s appeal rejected by the supreme court but the City regulator says investors “are likely only to get a fraction of their money back”.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2016


Peers change draft legislation on starter homes and sale of high value council houses –

Posted April 20th, 2016 in bills, housing, local government, news, planning, sale of land by sally

‘Changes made to the UK government’s Housing and Planning Bill will confine the sale of starter homes to those aged 23 or over and require a proportion of the discount on their purchase price be repaid if the homes are sold on within 20 years.’

Full story, 19th April 2016


Call to tighten UK’s new property law to crack down on ‘dirty money’ – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2016 in corruption, London, money laundering, news, retrospectivity, sale of land, trusts by sally

‘New laws that aim to stop the UK being a magnet for money launderers – by forcing the owners of properties to reveal their identities – should be applied retrospectively, leading anti-corruption organisations whose work has strongly influenced the government are saying.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2016


Good Faith Clauses in Development Agreements – Tanfield Chambers

Posted December 9th, 2015 in contracts, interpretation, news, sale of land, standards, statutory duty by sally

‘In recent years it has become increasingly common for parties to a development agreement to agree to act towards one another with “good faith”. The meaning and extent of the obligations on the contracting parties imposed by such clauses is often difficult to ascertain. The purpose of this paper is to consider a number of cases in which good faith clauses, implied and express, are discussed and identify the general principles that apply to development agreements.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 30th November 2015


Dudley Muslim Association v Dudley MBC – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 9th, 2015 in appeals, contracts, enforcement, estoppel, local government, news, planning, sale of land by sally

‘Amanda Eilledge explores the availability of public law defences and promissory estoppel in the context of a contract for the sale of land following the decision in Dudley Muslim Association v Dudley MBC [2015] EWCA Civ 1123.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 9th December 2015


When can the courts rule on the legality of future behaviour? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This case concerned the application of the law in relation to future conduct, in particular, the role of the judicial review procedure in determining what precisely is meant by the prohibition on the selling of live animals under the Pet Animals Act 1951.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th August 2015


Bagum v Hafiz and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 30th, 2015 in appeals, law reports, sale of land, trusts by sally

Bagum v Hafiz and another [2015] EWCA Civ 801; [2015] WLR (D) 329

‘Sections 14 and 15 of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 conferred on the court a substantially wider discretion, exercised on the basis of wider considerations, than the trustees themselves enjoyed acting without either the beneficiaries’ consent or a court order. The court’s powers were there to enable the property to be dealt with justly when the beneficiaries could not agree and direct the trustees how to deal with the property.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2015


‘Negligent’ firm escapes payout after court finds no causation – Legal Futures

Posted July 1st, 2015 in negligence, news, sale of land, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has dismissed a claim of professional negligence against a firm of solicitors because, although the claimant successfully established liability, no loss or damage was found to have been caused.’

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Legal Futures, 1st July 2015


Solicitor jailed for role in £4.3m land-banking scam – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor has been jailed for five and a half years for his role in a £4.3m land-banking scam.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2015


Carlyle (Appellant) v Royal Bank of Scotland (Respondent) (Scotland) – Supreme Court

Carlyle (Appellant) v Royal Bank of Scotland (Respondent) (Scotland) [2015] UKSC 13 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 11th March 2015


The pitfalls of sale and rent back – New Square Chambers

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in fraud, housing, landlord & tenant, loans, mortgages, news, sale of land, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has confirmed the risks of sale and rent back arrangements in Southern Pacific Mortgages Ltd v Scott [2014] UKSC 52. Mrs Scott was the vendor in a sale and rent back. Against her knowledge the purchaser had obtained a mortgage to fund the purchase of her home and defaulted, causing it to be repossessed. She was unsuccessful in arguing that her lease took priority to the mortgage.’

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New Square Chambers, 28th November 2014


Japanese Knotweed: Asbos for failure to control invasive plants – BBC News

Posted November 19th, 2014 in ASBOs, environmental protection, news, sale of land by sally

‘People who fail to control the spread of invasive non-native plants such as Japanese Knotweed could be fined or receive anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos), the government says.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2014


The knotty problem of Fallopia Japonica – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 18th, 2014 in environmental protection, misrepresentation, news, nuisance, sale of land, waste by sally

‘Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia Japonica) was originally introduced to the UK in the 1850s as an ornamental plant and animal feed, but it has spread rapidly and estimates now suggest at least one infestation in every 10km2. Knotweed can grow 3 – 4m in a 10 week growing season, and as little as 0.7 grams of rhizome can produce a new plant within only 10 days. The rhizomes can spread to a depth of 3 metres, and 7 metres horizontally. This strong growth and invasive root system can damage concrete foundations, buildings, roads, paving and retaining walls. For good reason, therefore, Knotweed is described by the Environment Agency as “indisputably the UK’s most aggressive, destructive and invasive plant”.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th November 2014


Supreme Court: ‘sale and rent back’ firm could not grant tenants proprietary rights over properties before sale completed –

Posted October 24th, 2014 in leases, mortgages, news, repossession, sale of land by sally

‘A firm that purchased properties in the north east of England on the condition that the previous owners would be entitled to remain in their homes indefinitely was not in a position to make such a promise, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

Full story, 23rd October 2014


VAT on property transfers and hierarchy clauses: CLP Holding Company – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in contracts, news, sale of land, VAT by sally

‘Over the summer, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of CLP Holding Company Ltd v Singh (1) & Kaur (2) [2014] EWCA Civ 1103. The case throws up some useful warnings and reminders about VAT on property transfers, the proper construction of contracts and hierarchy clauses.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th October 2014


High Court imposes civil restraint order on former solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted March 11th, 2014 in news, restraint orders, sale of land, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has slapped an extended civil restraint order on a former solicitor whose conduct in bringing a series of claims established a “history” of indifference to court orders.’

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Legal Futures, 11th March 2014


Anthony White Estates Ltd v National Grid Electricity Transmission plc – WLR Daily

Posted March 5th, 2014 in appeals, compensation, contracts, energy, law reports, news, sale of land, valuation by sally

Anthony White Estates Ltd v National Grid Electricity Transmission plc [2014] EWCA Civ 216; [2014] WLR (D) 108

‘Fair compensation payable to a landowner in respect of the grant of statutory wayleave for an electricity power line, pursuant to paragraphs 6 and 7 of Schedule 4 to the Electricity Act 1989, was to be calculated by reference to the loss in value of the land and the principle of equivalence. Where a landowner had entered into a contract for the sale of land, which was conditional on the termination of an existing contractual wayleave for a power line and the removal of the line, and the Secretary of State had granted a statutory wayleave on the termination of the contractual one, the compensation to which the landowner was entitled was the difference between the contract price for the land in question at the valuation date and the open market value of the land once the statutory wayleave had been granted.’

WLR Daily, 3rd March 2014


Nugent v Nugent – WLR Daily

Posted January 15th, 2014 in cautions, land registration, law reports, sale of land by tracey

Nugent v Nugent: [2013] EWHC 4095 (Ch);   [2013] WLR (D)  516

‘The High Court’s inherent jurisdiction pertaining to the vacation of cautions registered under the Land Registration Act 1925 applied equally to applications for the cancellation of unilateral notices against title registered under the successor provisions of the Land Registration Act 2002.’

WLR Daily, 20th December 2013