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Hello, my name is*****'m a barrister and I’ve been asked to look at this for you, thank you for your patience.
Please bear in mind as this is an email service and not live chat I may not respond immediately.
How can I help?
Happy to help. Your father needs to speak to a solicitor about making an application to court for a declaration of trust in his favour.
This would then enable him to apply for the transfer of title, force a sale, or whatever he needs to do at this stage.
If the facts and evidence support your father's case that the friend was never intended to be the beneficial owner of the property, then the case should be winnable. In this kind of dispute it's hoped that a solicitor's letter setting out the intention to apply to court and pointing out the adverse costs risks of his friend opposing this application would be sufficient to convince the friend to act reasonably without the need for a court application.
I hope that this assists?
My pleasure. If you do have further questions don't hesitate to ask. Best wishes, Peter