Legal & Beneficial

Ownership Disputes

What is the difference between legal ownership and beneficial ownership?

The legal owner of a property is the person who owns the legal title of the land, whereas the beneficial owner is the person who is entitled to the benefits of the property.

We advise on disputes concerning real estate of the following nature:-

Legal ownership of real estate
  • Remedying situations in which a party is wrongly named on or omitted from HM Land Registry title registers.
    Beneficial ownership of real estate
    • Clarifying the extent of parties’ respective beneficial interests (for example the balance due from the net proceeds of a sale)
      Unravelling complex trusts of land
      • The registers at HM Land Registry often do not provide any information with regard to the beneficial ownership of land
      • Careful examination of historic documentation can clarify the position.
        Orders for sale of property
        • Problems can arise when two co-owners have differing objectives in connection with a property
        • In certain circumstances we can assist in obtaining an order for sale or transfer from the court.
            Non-performance of contractual obligations
            • Breach of contractual obligations relating to real estate often result in major financial consequences for the creditor party (for example a co-owner, landlord or mortgage lender).
            • Swift action to remedy that breach and recover lost sums is required and we can assist in that respect.

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                Practice Areas


                Swan House, 9-12 Johnston Road
                Woodford Green,Essex, IG8 0XA

                24 Hanover Square,
                Mayfair,London, W1S 1JD



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