CPI Update 134 - May 2015

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For subscribers, the May 2015 issue of the CPI Update appears attached below, and deals with the following cases:

  • Wilson & 375 Live Ltd (in liquidation) v SMC Properties Ltd – in what circumstances will the court validate a transfer by an insolvent seller under section 127 Insolvency Act 1986?
  • Ali v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – does locking a gate once a year demonstrate an intention not to dedicate a footpath as a highway?
  • Merie Bin Mahfouz Co. (UK) Ltd v Barrie House (Freehold) Ltd – on enfranchisement, is a landlord entitled to leases back of parts to be made into apartments and offices?
  • Curzon v Wolstenholme – can an enfranchisement claim be defeated by a transfer of the reversion?
  • Swift 1st Ltd v Chief Land Registrar – do forged deeds, registered at the Land Registry, provide a defrauded proprietor with a right to an indemnity?

In addition, there is coverage of:

  • The 2015/16 bands and rates for the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings.
  • The recent consultation on reform of the Electronic Communications Code.
  • What amounts to delivery (or non-delivery) of vacant possession on the sale of land.
  • A number of updated Land Registry Practice Guides. 
  • The new RICS guide on Service Charge Handover Procedures.

Published 1 May 2015.