Land Registry Adjudication – What is it ?

The Land Registry Adjudicator is an independent judicial office created by the Land Registration Act 2002. The current Adjudicator is Mr E Cousins.

There are in excess of over thirty deputy Adjudicators, out of which three are full time. One of the full time positions is that of the deputy Adjudicator.

The Land Registry Adjudicator is there to resolve disputes about registered land in England and Wales. The majority of disputes are referred to the Adjudicator by the Land Registry.

The Land Registry keeps and updates the register of titles to land in England and Wales. If a person wishes to alter the register that person will apply to the Land Registry to make that change.

Ordinarily, the Land Registry will give notice of the application to others who may be interested in the land in question before making any changes. If somebody who is given notice objects to the application and the parties cannot resolve their dispute by agreement the Land Registry may refer the dispute for Adjudication unless it considers either the application or the objection to be without legal grounds.

The Adjudicator  also deals with applications to rectify, correct or cancel documents (for example a transfer) relating to registered land. A common example might be an application to cancel a restrictive covenant. These cases can be applied for directly from members of the public, conveyancing lawyers or property solicitors .

The Adjudication service is completely separate from and independent of the Land Registry. If you want to find out more about the Land Registry.