Conveyancers on both sides of a transaction are liable for the actions of a rogue seller who committed a £470,000 property fraud, the High Court has ruled.His Honour Judge Pelling (pictured) said that Windsor firm A’Court & Co made no serious attempt to comply with anti-money laundering regulations to prevent the fraud, and, critically, obtained no documentation linking the seller to the property.Pelling also ruled that the buyer’s conveyancer, north-west London firm House Owners Conveyancers Limited (HOC), was responsible for not drawing attention to any concerns after asking whether the purported owner was entitled to sell the property.The decision tested the reasonableness of a seller conveyancer’s conduct where there was no allegation of dishonesty or fraud against him or her. The judge ruled against both firms and said they should bear an equal part of the loss.The unknown fraudster had claimed to be Nicholas Dawson, the registered owner of a property in Wimbledon, and convinced Hurry Purrunsing to transfer the whole purchase price to Dawson’s registered conveyancer. The money then passed through A’Court to an account at a bank in Dubai on the purported instructions of Dawson.Nothing has been recovered by Purrunsing, who then claimed for breach of trust against A’Court and breach of trust and negligence against HOC.London firm Anthony Gold, which represented Purrunsing, said the case will be a landmark judgment in the evolving area of negligence in property fraud cases.Claimant solicitor Beth Holden said the decision will resonate across the profession.She added: ‘We see the court saying that conveyancers on opposite sides of the transaction have joint responsibility to protect the purchaser’s money, no matter who their client is. Old doctrines of buyer-beware and solicitors’ warrantees of identity are not substitutes for compliance with strict requirements of anti-money laundering regulations and the duty to actively protect the transaction from fraud.’In Purrunsing v A’Court & Co & Anor, Pelling said HOC was under a professional obligation to ensure the client was informed at all times. Given the speed at which Dawson was insisting the transaction took place, and the exceptional financing arrangements, it was more ‘probable than not’ Purrunsing would have pulled out had all information been available. Equally, it was A’Court’s responsibility to carry out risk-based due diligence.
Reported by Five young women will next month vie for the title of Miss Farmington Cities and scholarship dollars in a pageant that has undergone a few changes.Formerly known as the Miss Farmington Pageant, the annual event will be held on July 17 at the Farmington Civic Theater with these contestants:Maria Cheriyan, Junior – Charity: Beyond Basics, a literacy nonprofitElena Vargo, Senior – Charity, The Alzheimer’s AssociationAmari Torres, Sophomore – Charity, Michigan Humane SocietyMadison Ebiware-Shaughnessy, Freshman – Charity, Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyEmma Hahn, Senior – Charity, HAVENMore information about each of the contestants and their charities is posted at missfarmingtoncities.com/2019-contestantsOrganizers say the pageant needs the community’s support to award scholarship dollars to the winning contestants and develop community service projects in Farmington and Farmington Hills. You can do that by:Attending the Dining for Dollars event at Sidecar Slider Bar on June 23. Show a copy of the flyer posted at missfarmingtoncities.com/events and 20 percent of your purchase will be donated to the program;Purchasing ad space in the program book, which will be distributed during the July 17 pageant;Designating the Miss Farmington Cities program, a 501(c)3, as your charity of choice at smile.amazon.com, so that .5 percent of your eligible purchases will be donated to the organization;Creating a scholarship that will be awarded to one of the contestants; orDonating directly on the pageant website.Two former contestants, Sidney Schrand, Miss Farmington 2015, and Grace Newlin, 2nd runner-up Miss Farmington 2012, have returned to help the program continue following the death earlier this year of long-time pageant director Ginny Morris.“It provides a unique opportunity to see the other side of the program, and help other young women find what they are passionate about,” Schrand said. “The program changed me for the better and I truly hope I can make a fraction of that positive impact on the young women who will be involved in the program in the years to come.” Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
See also:Transfer gossip: Juve will target Chelsea trio, Tuttosport claimTransfer gossip: Blues chasing Brozovic, reports in Italy sayTransfer gossip: Conte plans to offload Blues trio, Star claimTransfer gossip: Conte plans talks with players, Mail sayTransfer gossip: Blues ready to sell Oscar, Times sayTransfer gossip: Chelsea linked with Fulham’s DembeleTransfer gossip: Chelsea linked with Chilwell and QPR are linked with CousinsTransfer gossip: Chelsea again tipped to move for Forster and Griezmann Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs…Romelu Lukaku is keen on a return to Chelsea, the Daily Mirror claim.The Belgian striker, sold to Everton in 2014, has been tipped to leave the Merseyside club this summer. AdChoices广告Manchester United are reported to be keen on Lukaku, but the Mirror say he feels he has “unfinished business” at Chelsea and that the Blues are quietly confident they will be able to re-sign him.German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also apparently looking to sign the 22-year-old, who has scored 25 goals this season.Striker Lukaku has been a huge success at EvertonMeanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has reiterated that they want to sign Andreas Christensen on a permanent deal.The Danish defender, 20, has impressed while on loan at the Bundesliga club from Chelsea this season.Talksport reports that Eberl told Gladbach club members at their annual meeting: “You can be sure that we will do everything we can to sign him on a long-term contract.”And QPR want to sign striker Juan Villar from Spanish second-tier club Valladolid, the Daily Star claim.Reading and Derby County are also said to be interested in the 27-year-old, who has scored 13 goals this season.