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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

Vacant Possession

Property Law Solicitors and Conveyancers usually insert a clause in the contract for the sale of a Property to specify whether the Property is sold with vacant possession or subject to a Tenancy.  Vacant Possession simply means the Property sold is empty on completion. 


Vesting Assent

A Legal Document that used to transfer ownership of Property from the Executors of a deceased's estate to a beneficiary in unregistered land.  Property Law Solicitors and Conveyancers will often use the term vesting assent when describing the links of ownership of unregistered land.  The links of ownership go back to an acceptable root of title. 

Vexatious Court Proceedings

These are proceedings issued by a Claimant that have no prospects of success and used to simply annoy the Defendant.  Defendant Solicitors and Lawyers can issue Court Proceedings and apply for a Court Order that ensures such vexatious litigants have to apply to Court for permission to issue any more Court Proceedings.  This is a useful tool available for Defendants.



Vicarious Liability 

This is where someone becomes responsible for the acts or omissions of another.  Litigation Solicitors and Lawyers will usually refer to vicarious liability when describing the ultimate responsibility of the employee's conduct is that of the employer.  The employee cannot abdicate his responsibility but it is nearly always more prudent to pursue the Employer and Employer's Insurers for any damages / compensation.