Joyce v Rigolli: CA 2 Feb 2004

An agreement to resolve a boundary dispute does not need to comply with formalities of the Act.
Sir Martin Nourse said: ‘The agreement between the parties served merely to demarcate the boundary between their respective properties. It had not purported to be a contract to convey any land from the claimant to the defendant. Accordingly, there had been no requirement for the agreement to be evidenced in writing as provided for in s 2(1).’


Sir Martin Nourse, Thorpe LJ, Arden LJ


[2004] EWCA Civ 79




Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 2


England and Wales


CitedScarfe v Adams CA 1981
Transfer deeds for a sale of land did not define the boundary but referred to a plan which was held to be too small to show a precise boundary. The only other element of the parcels clause was that it was land adjoining Pyle Manor and that it was . .
CitedKingston v Phillips CA 1976
The court was asked to construe a parcels clause in a transfer: ‘It will be observed that the parcels as there set out are really almost devoid of any particularity; all that is said about the property conveyed is that it is part of the Chicklade . .

Cited by:

CitedGeoffrey Allan Chadwick, Sylvia Joyce Chadwick, Edward James Chadwick v Abbotswood Properties Ltd, Gordon Leonard Hauser, Pamela Ann Hauser, Rectory Pump Ltd ChD 18-May-2004
Between to new houses was a steep bank. Who owned it? Before the transfer there had been different plans and much correspondence.
Held: Where there was doubt as to the extent of land transferred, the court could look to the physical boundaries . .
CitedBradley and Another v Heslin and Another ChD 9-Oct-2014
The parties were neighbours. One had a right of way over the other’s land. A gate existed over it. B wished to close the gate for security, but H wished it open in order to be able to drive through it without having to get out of his car, and so he . .
Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete.

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Updated: 09 June 2022; Ref: scu.193625