Land Registration in UK Law

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  • Southern Pacific Mortgages Ltd v Scott (Mortgage Business Plc intervening)
    • Supreme Court
    • 22 October 2014

    There is a gap between any transaction and its registration. Assuming that all relevant registration requirements are met, the purchaser has now acquired an absolute right to the legal estate (and the mortgagee an absolute right to the charge). Her interest is of a different order from that of a purchaser before completion, who has the contractual right to have the property conveyed to her but may never in fact get it.

  • Abbey National Building Society v Cann
    • House of Lords
    • 29 March 1990

    The reality is that, in the vast majority of cases, the acquisition of the legal estate and the charge are not only precisely simultaneous but indissolubly bound together.

  • Parshall v Hackney
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 29 April 2013

    It was not a case on the effect of first registration nor was it a case of concurrent registrations. It was held that only the bare legal title passed to the transferee, who was registered as proprietor. The claimant, who had been defrauded, was left with the beneficial ownership of the land and that was held to be sufficient to entitle the claimant in that case to sue for trespass.

  • Malory Enterprises Ltd v Cheshire Homes (UK) Ltd and Others
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 22 February 2002

    Unlike section 5, which deals with first registration, that registered estate is not vested in Cheshire "together with all rights, privileges and appurtenances…." In those circumstances, Cheshire's status as registered proprietor is subject to the rights of Malory BVI as beneficial owner. It follows that I accept that Malory BVI has sufficient st and ing to sue for trespass even without seeking rectification of the register because it is the true owner and has a better right to possession.

  • Williams & Glyn's Bank Ltd v Boland
    • House of Lords
    • 19 June 1980

    In my opinion therefore, the law as to notice as it may affect purchasers of unregistered land, whether contained in decided cases, or in a statute (the Conveyancing Act 1882, section 3, Law of Property Act, section 199) has no application even by analogy to registered land.

    The purpose, in each system, is the same, namely, to safeguard the rights of persons in occupation, but the method used differs. In the case of unregistered land, the purchaser's obligation depends upon what he has notice of—notice actual or constructive. In the case of registered land, it is the fact of occupation that matters. If there is actual occupation, and the occupier has rights, the purchaser takes subject to them.

  • JA Pye (Oxford) Ltd v United Kingdom (44302/02)
    • House of Lords
    • 04 July 2002

    In the case of unregistered land, and in the days before registration became the norm, such a result could no doubt be justified as avoiding protracted uncertainty where the title to land lay. But where land is registered it is difficult to see any justification for a legal rule which compels such an apparently unjust result, and even harder to see why the party gaining title should not be required to pay some compensation at least to the party losing it.

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