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Land Law by Chris Bevan

I am delighted to feature on one of the “Lawyers behind the cases” videos in this recently published land law textbook, written by Chris Bevan, Assistant Professor in Property Law at the University of Nottingham. The book is aimed at students coming to the subject for the first time (although established practitioners are likely to find it very

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Launch of the Business and Property Court in Leeds

The new Business and Property Court (“BPC”) in Leeds launched yesterday, although it will not formally come into effect until October 2017. The BPC includes the Commercial Court, the TCC and the courts of the Chancery Division. In addition to London, there will be BPCs in Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff with expansions to

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Resulting trust case: Wodzicki v Wodzicki [2017] EWCA Civ 95

Wodzicki v Wodzicki (handed down on 24 February 2017) concerned a property registered in the joint names of the appellant’s late father and his second wife, the respondent. The appellant had argued that she was the sole beneficial owner of the property on the basis of an assurance made to her by her father when

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Limiting the expense and inconvenience of full costs budgeting

A useful procedure has been suggested by one of the Chancery Masters to limit costs budgeting – this is particularly helpful in Tolata cases where parties will often want to keep the costs down. Where the parties are agreed as to the wish to limit the extent of Costs Budgeting a simple form of budget (possibly page

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Schedule 1 claims and ToLATA

On Wednesday 18 May 2016 I delivered a seminar at a conference in Manchester on concurrent Schedule 1 and ToLATA claims. The conference was chaired by Marilyn Stowe. Other speakers included Susan Grocott QC and Ros Beever, solicitor at Irwin Mitchell who acted in Gohil v Gohil. A copy of the handout, along with those

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New proprietary estoppel case: Liden v Burton [2016] EWCA Civ 275

This is another case involving a former cohabiting couple in which the doctirne of proprietary estoppel was successfully used by the claimant to obtain a lump sum payment against her ex-partner. The claimant, Miss Liden, was a Swedish national, the defendant, Mr Burton, lived in Notton, near Wakefield. They met in Sweden and moved back to Notton to live in Mr

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Bourne v Poznyak: the risks of failing to mediate

This case, in which I appeared for the defendant, illustrates the costs risks of refusing to mediate. The claimant brought a claim seeking a declaration that he had a beneficial interest in a house in Skegness and a cafe in Ingoldmells. Both properties were owed by the defendant, a Ukrainian lady who had been granted asylum

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