Recent developments : Islamic charitable trusts, implied easements, compulsory acquisition, and laches as a defence to an action for an account

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-71
Journal / PublicationProperty Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


This update on Singapore law addresses four developments, two of which are related to Torrens indefeasibility. First, a decision appears to suggest that the statutory vesting of title of properties subject to Islamic charitable trusts, or wakafs, trumps Torrens indefeasibility. Second, a case clarifies the scope of statutory implied easements under Singapore’s Torrens legislation. Third, a case discusses the suitability of comparing awards of compensation between land that is subject to a sale and leaseback arrangement and land that is owner-occupied. Finally, a case considers the applicability of the defence of laches to a beneficiary’s action seeking an account from his trustee.