ALH Group Property Holdings Pty Limited v. Chief Commissioner of State Revenue
Lower Court Judgment
3/03/2011 Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court of Appeal)
(Allsop P, Tobias JA, Handley AJA)
 NSWCA 32
Contracts — Discharge by agreement — Novation — Contract for sale of land ("Parkway Hotel") between Oakland Glen Pty Ltd ("Vendor") and Permanent Trustee Company Limited as trustee of ALE Direct Property Trust ("Purchaser") executed in 2003 ("2003 Contract") — Deed of Consent and Assignment between Vendor, Purchaser and applicant, executed in 2008, assigned rights and entitlements of Purchaser under 2003 Contract to applicant ("Deed") — Commissioner assessed Deed to ad valorem duty under s 22(2) of Duties Act 1997 (NSW) ("Duties Act") as transfer of dutiable property — By Deed of Termination, Vendor and applicant rescinded Deed and 2003 Contract and entered new contract for sale of Parkway Hotel on which ad valorem duty paid — Applicant claimed Deed of Termination avoided liability of Deed for ad valorem duty and conferred right to refund under s 50 of Duties Act — Whether Deed effected novation of 2003 Contract — Whether Deed rescinded 2003 Contract and substituted for it a new contract for sale of Parkway Hotel between Vendor and applicant on terms of 2003 Contract as varied by Deed — Whether Deed a "hybrid tripartite contract" wherein Vendor's obligations flowed from assignment and applicant's obligations flowed from Deed — Duties Act ss 8(1)(a), 22(2), 50.
Words and phrases — "hybrid tripartite contract".
12/08/2011 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)
26/08/2011 Notice of appeal
02/09/2011 Written submissions (Appellant)
02/09/2011 Chronology (Appellant)
23/09/2011 Written submissions (Respondent)
02/02/2012 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)