The Practical Lawyer


Conveyancing deeds – inserting pages?

What happens if a client signs a deed, but the solicitor then amends the document (eg inserts a revised page)? In practice, this happens a lot but the wisdom of such practices has been thrown into doubt by a recent tax case.

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Mortgage – possession

Lenders will now have to give occupiers longer notice of residential possession proceedings.

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France – inheritance

Don’t forget that the major trap for UK residents buying property in France is that they fall foul of the French rules on inheritance.

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Agent – no secret fee

The rules on estate agents (and on all other agents) are strict: the agent must not obtain any fee or payment without the express consent of the client.

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Right of way – interpretation

The defendant converted his building into a pub, with the rear yard being a beer garden. He claimed the benefit of a right of way through a passage on his neighbour’s land but the neighbour argued that the right of way did not extend to such an extensive use.

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Charging order – notice

The best protection for a charging order is for it to be noted as a notice in the Register. This is because when a transfer for valuable consideration or a legal charge is registered, the transferee or chargee will usually only be bound by a charging order that has been noted.

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Charging order – restriction

You cannot enter a notice in respect of a charging order that affects only an equitable interest in land. It follows that the LR can give little protection to someone with a charging order against a beneficial share in land.

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Charging order – priority

If a charging order has been granted against the legal estate then it is important to register it without delay (so as to get priority).

Two points to note:

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