Portsmouth City Football Club v Sellar Properties (Portsmouth) Limited, Singer and Friedlander Properties Plc: ChD 17 Sep 2003

Various contracts were entered into for the sale of land, with compensation being paid in certain circumstances. One contract required a calculation of consideration as a set figure less a sum to be calculated as the cost of acquiring land. The sum became payable but the parties were unable to agree the calculation. The land was acquired with other land but no apportionment agreed.
Held: Against the factual background, the cost envisaged was not the cost of acquiring also additional easements. This was not a case where the method of calculation had broken down so as to allow the court to substitute its own.

Mr Justice Lawrence Collins
[2003] EWHC 2148 Ch
England and Wales
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Updated: 20 January 2022; Ref: scu.186464