Hello and thanks for using Just Answer.
My name is ***** ***** am happy to assist you with your enquiry.
I understand your annoyance with this correspondence such a long time after the event.
Whether you can demand a payment all hinges on what you agreed to Sell to your Buyer back in 2007. To establish this, you will need to see a copy of the Contract.
If the Contract shows that you are selling all 4 Title Numbers (including this "missing Title Number"), then I'm afraid you will be under a duty to sign the Transfer for no consideration, as you are in effect (unbeknown to you) in breach of Contract until such Transfer has been signed.
If the Contract does not include reference to this "missing Title number", on the face of it, you never sold this land and you can hold the Buyer to ransom before you agree to transfer it to him, by signing the Transfer. If you take this stance, it would then be up to the Buyer to prove that it was the intention of the parties (you and the Buyer) that this be included in the Sale and that is was a "mistake" by both sets of Solicitors that it was not included in the Sale Contract. As this land forms the access to the Property, and hence a fundamental portion of your former property, if the Buyer took the matter to Court, it would find in his favour.
Of course, the Buyer and more importantly his Solicitor, will want an early conclusion to this matter and will rely on you being a good Samaritan and signing the Transfer, without fuss or delay.
As regards ***** ***** a Charitable donation, us Solicitors professional indemnity policies only normally pay out for claims in excess of £5,000 or £10,000 and hence any request for payment under £5,000 would have to met by the Solicitors personal funds, which they are very very unlikely going to make. Indeed, as no professional negligence has been made by your Solicitor, he would not even be able to recoup from his insurers as it would not be seen a sa claim. As regards ***** ***** Solicitor, he certainly has been guilty of negligence if the Contract did not include this "missing title". However, his insurers are only going to cough up if his client were to make a claim, a sopposed to any token payment they have to make to you or your nominated Charity.
So, you really need to ask for a copy of the Contract firstly. If this Title number is ***** you should sign the Transfer and be done with it.
If the Contract did not include the missing title number, it is up to you how long you would like to string matters along for. You may wish to ask the Buyers Solicitors to make a charitable donation, but don't expect them to pay more than £500, if that. By the same token, the longer this drags, the more anxious your Buyers Solicitor will become!
I hope this gives you a good overview and assists.