Buhr v Barclays Bank plc: CA 26 Jan 2001

The bank took a second charge over property, but failed to get it registered. The chargors fell into debt and bankruptcy, and the property was sold. The proceeds were used to discharge the first charge, and then repay unsecured creditors. The bank claimed the money had been received on constructive trust.
Held: The court confirmed that the failure to register the charge only voided it as against the purchaser. When the bank’s security was destroyed, a security interest was created automatically in the asset which replaced it. The sale by the husband and wife was not authorised by the bank, and the judge had concluded correctly.
Arden LJ stated: ‘if . . the mortgagor makes a disposition of the mortgaged property in a manner which destroys the mortgagee(s estate in the mortgaged property, a security interest in the property which represents the mortgaged property automatically and as a matter of law comes into existence as from the moment that the mortgagor becomes entitled to their property.’
Woolf LCJ, Tuckey, Arden LJJ
Gazette 09-Aug-2001, [2001] EWCA Civ 1223, [2002] 1 P and CR DG7, [2002] BPIR 25, [2001] 31 EGCS 103, [2001] NPC 124
Law of Property Act 1925 63
England and Wales
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Updated: 02 January 2021; Ref: scu.147410