The Bends in Ireland: The abuse of 'lis pendens' by Mark Woodcock

It is the case in most European jurisdictions that there are various forms of protection available for parties with an interest in property which places any prospective purchaser on notice, or in some circumstances prevents a sale, where there are competing interests in relation to it.

In Ireland, as in the United Kingdom, where there is litigation in relation to property a lis pendens (‘litigation pending’ or a Pending Action in the UK) may be registered by the litigant in the Land Registry which will notify any member of the public that the property is the subject of a legal dispute.