Imposter Fraud: P & P Property Limited v OWC LLP and Crownvent Ltd t/a Winkworth [2016] EWHC 2276


Gary Blaker QC acted in this important case concerning property imposter fraud. The Claimant purchased a property for in excess of £1 million but later discovered that it had been sold by an imposter. The Claimant brought a claim against the imposter’s solicitor and estate agent for breach of warranty of authority, negligence and breach of trust. The decision of Robin Dicker QC highlights the difficult law in this area and he granted permission to appeal to the Claimant from his own decision.  The Court of Appeal will now have an opportunity to bring clarity to a complex field of law which as a result of the increase in property fraud has significant implications on conveyancing and estate agency practice.