In Re Alton Corporation: 1985

Sir Robert Megarry V-C, said in relation to a loan accompanied by the deposit of title deeds: ‘I have to remember that the basis of an equitable mortgage is the making of an agreement to create a mortgage, with the deposit of the land certificate and, since Steadman v. Steadman [1976] AC 536 . . probably the paying of the money as well, ranking as sufficient acts of part performance to support even the purely oral transaction. But some contract there must be.’


Robert Megarry VC


[1985] BCLC 27


CitedSteadman v Steadman HL 1976
A mere payment of a sum of money might amount to an act of part performance, as might the act of a purchaser instructing solicitors to prepare and submit a draft conveyance or transfer, so as to leave asituation capable of enforcement in equity. . .

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CitedUnited Bank of Kuwait Plc v Sahib and Others CA 2-Feb-1996
The bank appealed against a decision that the simple deposit of deeds with a bank did not take effect as an equitable charge.
Held: Depositing deeds with a bank is not sufficient to create a charge over them. The old law as to the creation of . .
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Land, Equity

Updated: 15 May 2022; Ref: scu.434816