|Source:||All England Reporter|
|Publisher Citation:|| All ER (D) 1420|
David Vaughan QC sitting as a deputy judge of the High Court
|Representation||P J Kirby (instructed by Armstrong & Co) for the claimant.|
|Alan Tunkel (instructed by Steele & Co) for the defendant council.|
|Judgment Dates:||13 December 1999|
Sale of land - Recovery of deposit - Defendant selling property to claimant at auction - Claimant discovering charge on local land register - Claimants contending squatters on premises - Claimants failing to complete sale - Defendant rescinding contract - Claimant seeking to recover deposit and other fees - Claimant arguing defendant unable to provide vacant possession - Whether charge preventing defendant from serving notice to complete - Whether presence of squatters preventing defendant from serving notice to complete.