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Legal Definitions by Ford Banks Irwin Solicitors - The Property Lawyers in Manchester

Please note: Not to be used or relied upon without legal advice. These notes are for illustrative purposes ONLY

Abatement 

The act of  reducing or eliminating  or annulling . . . completely or in some proportion . . . For example it may be found in a Lease or Contract for the purchase of land / property . . . see also abatement of nuisance  . . . often used by Solicitors in describing a case


Ab Initio (Latin)

From the beginning.   Use: Solicitors to describe a Contract as void Ab Initio

Absolute

Complete, unconditional, final . . . Use: title guarantee is described as Absolute Title (contained in Land Registry Title Deeds - office copies). Solicitors will always check and look for Absolute guarantees.


Absolute Interest

cf.  limited interest

Absolute Privilege 

cf.   qualified privilege

Abstract of Title

Essential summary or elements of unregistered title deeds . . . also referred to as Epitome of Title.  The traditional work of the Solicitor in Conveyancing and Property transactions

Abuse of Process

This is a tort and describes a legal process which is obviously frivolous, vexatious or in bad faith.  See also Malicious Prosecution.  It applied to both Civil and Criminal Litigation.

cf.  Abuse of dominant position

cf.  Abuse of a position of trust

The Solicitor will adivise the client if any of these options are available.

ACAS

Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service . . . an impartial organisation that is neutral in disputes and attempts to broker / arrange a settlement by consent.  A useful legal service in addition to Solicitors.