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Cambridge Centre for Property Law

 

Title to land in England & Wales is governed largely by the Land Registration Act 2002, although there are pockets of unregistered title. This research stream focuses on both the policy and the detail of the Land Registration Act 2002 and incorporates comparative analysis of systems in other jurisdictions such as the Torrens systems in Australia and New Zealand. Members of the Centre are currently engaged in assessing potential reforms of the 2002 Act and are advising land registries in other jurisdictions about the development of title systems. In 2016-2018, Martin Dixon, Emma Lees and Amy Goymour acted as advisers to the Law Commission in respect of their project, Updating the Land Registration Act 2002. In 2019, members of the Centre contributed to a volume of essays on aspects of world wide title systems, to be published as New Horizons for Torrens (2020), edited by Grindlinton and Thomas (Centre Fellow). The Centre welcomes proposals for collaborative research and can provide expert advice.

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Mistakes, mispleading and overreaching: understanding title registration and correcting the register

17 March 2022

A discussion of the challenging case of Knight v Fernley , and what it means for our understanding of title by registration under the Land Registration Act 2002 has been published in the latest volume of the Jounral of Property, Planning and Environmental Law (currently on line only until later this quarter). It can be...

MSPL Conference 2022

3 February 2022

Registration for the 2022 Modern Studies in Property Law conference is now open. The conference will be held at St John’s College, Oxford from Tuesday 29th March to Thursday 31st March 2022. On the final day of the conference, the MSPL Postgraduate Conference will be held in the same location. Further information about the...

Report on Housing Possession Cases in the Covid-19 Pandemic

3 February 2022

Lisa Whitehouse, Professor of Property Law, Policy and Practice at the University of Southampton ( L.A.Whitehouse@soton.ac.uk ), has published her report on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in housing possession cases in England and Wales. The research, generously funded by the Economic and Social Research Council...