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).