A: Disputes about who owns what land arise regularly. When trying to understand where boundaries lie, a landowner frequently starts with the Land Registry plan.
Yet such plans are usually not determinative of the precise legal location of a boundary.
Instead, should this dispute require legal action, the court would look at the deeds, and in particular the first transaction that split up a plot. These often give quite detailed descriptions of what was being conveyed, either in words or by reference to a plan with detailed measurements on it. Particular features might
be referred to.
Jason Hunter appears in The Sunday Times Home Experts answering a reader's question.
Listed in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leader in his field, Jason is a partner and head of the property and housing litigation team, specialising in the avoidance or resolution of property disputes (using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) or litigation).
The Sunday Times Home Experts 29 March 2020