Sykes and Another v Taylor-Rose and Another: CA 27 Feb 2004

The appellants purchased a property from the respondents. The house had been the site of a partiularly horrendous murder in 1980, but the respondents did not disclose the fact.
Held: The doctrine of caveat emptor still had application. As regards the replies to preliminary enquiries, the question asked was subjective and had to be answered honestly. The question was confined to information the purchaser might be entitled to know. The judge was not incorrect.

Lord Justice Peter Gibson Lord Justice Mantell Sir William Aldous
[2004] EWCA Civ 299
England and Wales
CitedWilliam Sindall Plc v Cambridgeshire County Council CA 21-May-1993
Land was bought for development, but the purchaser later discovered a sewage pipe which very substantially limited its development potential. The existence of the pipe had not been disclosed on the sale, being unknown to the seller.
Held: . .
CitedEconomides v Commercial Union Assurance Co Plc CA 22-May-1997
The insured represented to the insurers that to ‘the best of his knowledge and belief’ the full cost of replacing all the contents in his flat as new was pounds 16,000. He contended that that meant that he honestly believed that pounds 16,000 was . .
CitedTaylor v Hamer CA 2002
The parties were buyers and sellers of land. The seller’s husband removed a large area of flagstones after the buyer’s first inspection but before exchange. He seeded over the land so that, on a second inspection by the buyer’s solicitor, the . .
CitedGran Gelato Ltd v Richcliff (Group) Ltd ChD 1992
The claimant wished to purchase an underlease from the first defendant. The claimant’s solicitors inquired of the second defendants, a firm of solicitors acting for the first defendant, whether any provisions in the headlease might affect the length . .
CitedEnglish v Emery Reimbold and Strick Ltd; etc, (Practice Note) CA 30-Apr-2002
Judge’s Reasons Must Show How Reached
In each case appeals were made, following Flannery, complaining of a lack of reasons given by the judge for his decision.
Held: Human Rights jurisprudence required judges to put parties into a position where they could understand how the . .

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