Dear Mrs. Wright, 65/69 Smithfield and 1/3 Francis Street I do believe that the questions raised in your letters impinge upon a range of areas of property law and the administrative trust arrangements of the Official Solicitor. I am unable to advise you on these matters and suggest you seek clarification of these from you lawyer.
Re: Francis Street, Smithfield and Millfield, Belfast.
I write with regard to your recent letter to Mr Yescombe of Bank of Tokyo International.
I regret learning that you feel that you have not been kept fully informed on the administration of your brother's affairs. All of this information will have been held by the Official Solicitor's Office, which was acting on your brother's behalf.
You will appreciate that in assembling the site for such a large project a considerable number of separate interests and ownerships are involved. I cannot at this stage provide any information concerning your sisters property. However if she could write to me supply details of the property I would be happy to confirm details of the means by which any acquisition was secured.
This was acquired from the Official Solicitor acting on behalf of your brother for a consideration of £150,000. The transaction was completed on 1st October 1987 and was authorised by an Order of Lord Justice McDermott.
61 Smithfield and 9 Francis Street.
Negotiations for this site were undertaken originally with Andrews & Co (Belfast) Ltd. However the company was unable to produce title documentation for the site and it transpired that there was a dispute between the company and your brother (represented by the Official Solicitor) as to ownership. Acquisition of this land was in consequence secured by way of the Compulsory Purchase Order negotiated by the Department of the Environment, the Vesting Order for which was dated 13 November 1987. Compensation under this compulsory purchase of £300,000 was awarded and has been paid by Laing.
Thereafter this sum should have been distributed by the DoE to the various parties holding interests in the site. These arrangements are not something that we are privy to and thus I am unable to comment on to whom the compensation has or will be paid.
You will see therefore that all issues relating to the previous ownerships of the land and any claims or actions that are pending from such have no effect on the title that we derived from the DoE.
I trust that these comments assist.
for JOHN LAING DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED
R H Taylor
Joint Managing Director.
65/69 Smithfield and 1/3 Francis Street
I do believe that the questions raised in your letters impinge upon a range of areas of property law and the administrative trust arrangements of the Official Solicitor. I am unable to advise you on these matters and suggest you seek clarification of these from you lawyer.