Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Woops! "COMMOM"?

I came across this today and it made me smile (I thought it akin to the Balzup post I made some time ago). I am reliably informed that the mistake has been pointed out to the website owner but, to date, the image remains unaltered.

The Commom Seal of the Manorial Guild.

We all make mistakes of course and I'm sure that this one will be put right quite soon; after all, it pays to give a good impression doesn't it?

This image was found on the website of "The Manorial Counsel of Great Britain" (supporting The Manorial Guild). I wonder if they meant to call it "Council" rather than Counsel? It's a common grammatical error but quite unforgivable if the intention really was to call it Council. Counsel of course means legal adviser (Barrister in the UK) whereas Council (which is what I'm sure they meant) means an assembly of people who serve in an administrative capacity. Given the site's claim to provide legal services, perhaps Counsel is appropriate after all although it might pay to check out their legal qualifications prior to seeking any legal advice and I would advise thinking twice about buying a "title" from the same company who gives you the legal advice (as this site appears to do). My advice to anyone seeking a Manorial Title is to find a good conveyancing lawyer and ask him/her to explain to you the effects of the recent court ruling of  Burton & Bamford v Walker & Others, Land Registry REF/2007/1124 which confirmed that adverse possession, prescription, loss of modern grant, or proprietary estoppel do NOT enable ownership of a Lordship of the Manor title. And further stated that Confirmed ownership requires the presence of all deeds, correctly made up since 1189.  The absence of correct and complete sets of deeds requires Court approval  to confirm ownership. 

Oh, and just in case there is any misunderstanding, the image is probably copyrighted to The Manorial Guild but I freely reproduce it here as being exempt from copyright laws under the Fair Dealing rule. Fair dealing is a term used to describe acts which are permitted to a certain degree without infringing the work. These acts include Criticism and news reporting. 

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