Glossary of Scottish property words and expressions
Produced in partnership with Rachel Oliphant of Pinsent Masons

The following Property practice note produced in partnership with Rachel Oliphant of Pinsent Masons provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Glossary of Scottish property words and expressions
  • A Non domino disposition
  • Action of specific implement
  • ad factum praestandum (order for)
  • Advance notice
  • Affidavit
  • Articles of roup
  • Assignation of lease
  • Back letter
  • Books of Council and Session
  • More...

Glossary of Scottish property words and expressions

This is a glossary of common words and expressions used in Scottish property law with the nearest England and Wales equivalent (where relevant) and links to useful links to property related websites.

A Non domino disposition

MeaningNearest English Equivalent
A disposition of property granted by a party who has no title to it. This was a legitimate device for making good a lack of title if the grantee occupied the property openly peaceably and without judicial interruption for a period of ten years, following the registration of the a non domino disposition. Since 8 December 2014 with the introduction of the Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012 (LRE(S)A 2012), a party looking to acquire title to land where no owner can be traced must comply with the prescriptive claimant provisions in LRE(S)A 2012, ss 43–45 before submitting an a non domino disposition for registrationNone, although possessory title is similar

Action of specific implement

MeaningNearest English Equivalent
An action which requires the court to grant an order requiring a party to perform a specific act. In Scotland, there is no distinction between equitable and legal remedies as there is in England and WalesSpecific performance (an equitable remedy available for breach of contract that may be granted in addition to or instead

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