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Emma Hatfield LL.B, LL.M

Research Interests

Research topic: electronic conveyancing and land registration.

In July 2001, the Law Commission published “’Land Registration for the Twenty-First Century’ A Conveyancing Revolution.” Law Com No. 271. Its objective was to eliminate the traditional paper conveyancing transaction and create a system of creation, transfer of interests and the registration of title by electronic means. A pilot implementation for e-conveyancing was envisaged by the end of 2005 with full profession wide implementation by 2010 yet by June 2010 the Land Registry admitted in its consultation report “Land Registration (Electronic Conveyancing) Rules 2011” its plans for econveyancing were being placed on hold. The following year. Malcolm Dawson, Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive, confirmed a halt to the development of the e-conveyancing programme despite having invested £41 million over a six-year period. At present there are no plans for any further development or research in this area and England and Wales is no nearer to the implementation of an e-conveyancing system for land transactions than in June 2001. My research into e-conveyancing is looking at the motivations for implementation of e-conveyancing and will comprise an analysis of the development of the Land Registry's model

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