CIVIL – CONTRACT – MORTGAGE – VENDOR FINANCE – Defendant sold rural land to the plaintiffs and provided a loan of $100,000 to the plaintiffs to be repaid by three equal annual instalments, secured by a requested first mortgage – Default by plaintiffs – Defendant enters into possession of land – Property offered for sale by public auction Whether plaintiffs had a statutory claim against defendant under Conveyancing Act 1919 section 111A(4) Whether the plaintiff’s had a statutory claim under the National Credit Code Claim by plaintiffs that defendant converted possessions to its own use – Chattels and fixtures left by plaintiffs on the land Cross-claim by the defendant for losses sustained by the defendant because of default under the mortgage Cross-claim by the defendant for trespass to defendant’s sheep
Qld Court of Appeal: Kelly & Anor v Slade & Anor  QCA 197 (18/191) Sofronoff P and Morrison JA and Atkinson J [Blue Ocean Law instructed Andrew Skoien of Counsel, second chair Harry Knowlman of Counsel for the Appellants]
Catchwords APPEAL AND NEW TRIAL – APPEAL – GENERAL PRINCIPLES – INTERFERENCE WITH JUDGE’S FINDINGS OF FACT – FUNCTION OF APPELLATE COURT – WHERE FINDINGS BASED ON CREDIBILITY OF WITNESSES – NECESSITY FOR FINDING TO BE CLEARLY WRONG – where the appellants commenced proceedings to recover money which they said was agreed to be paid by the respondents in consideration of the transfer of the appellants’ interests in certain farmland – where in the course of discussions regarding the transfer, two documents were drawn up in lieu of a properly executed contract – where the learned primary judge made findings about the credibility of the witnesses but did so with reference to only part of the evidence – where the learned primary judge failed to take into account the two contemporary documents when testing the veracity of the witnesses – where this failure resulted in the learned primary judge making erroneous findings not supported by the evidence – whether a retrial should be ordered.
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