Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 204 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2002] UKPC 1
Court: Privy Council

Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough, Lord Millett and Sir Christopher Slade

Representation Jan Luba QC and Ben Cooper (instructed by Bindman & Partners) and Sylvester Carrott (instructed by Reid Sinclair) for the appellants.
  James Guthrie QC (instructed by Charles Russell) for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 22 January 2002


Trinidad and Tobago - Statute - Construction - Compulsory purchase of land by Crown - Appellants claiming reversionary interest in land no longer required for the purpose for which it had been acquired - Whether land vesting in Crown absolutely - Land Acquisition Ordinances 1925||1941, s 6 - Land Acquisition Ordinance 1941, s 6.

The Case

The correct interpretation to be placed on the transitional provisions set out in s1 of the Land Acquisition Ordinance 1941 was that legal effect was to be given to a vesting of land, prior to the introduction of the 1941 Ordinance, as much as to the assessment of compensation under the 1941 Ordinance, as if both those acts had been taken under the 1941 Ordinance.

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