Reasonable Belief in Adverse Possession – 14 Years Later – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The doctrine of adverse possession arises from the Limitation Act 1980. Section 15(1) provides that no action shall be brought by any person to recover any land after the expiration of 12 years from the date on which the right of action accrued. Sections 1-7 provide that at the expiration of the period of 12 years the title of the paper owner is extinguished. The claim of a person to a possessory title was therefore based on the negative effect of the extinguishment of the paper owner’s title, and the basic principle that what is required for a case in trespass is not ownership, but possession or a right to possession.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 9th November 2017

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Autumn Newsletter – Falcon Chambers

– Prescriptive easements – a glass half-full: out with the negative; in with the positive 10

– Keeping the Title Clean: Unwanted Notices and Restrictions 12

– Estoppel in Pre-Contractual Negotiations 15

– The Curse of the Freebie 17

– Voidable and no Mistake 20

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Falcon Chambers, November 2017

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Elderly couple who cut wealthy neighbour’s grass verge for 12 years given land in ‘squatters’ rights’ ruling as opponent faces £250,000 legal bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 26th, 2016 in adverse possession, appeals, costs, elderly, land registration, news by tracey

‘A couple who cut a grass verge outside their wealthy neighbour’s home for 12 years have been given the land by a judge in a “squatters’ rights” ruling following a lengthy court battle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2016

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Adverse possession and control – Falcon Chambers

Posted April 14th, 2016 in adverse possession, land registration, news by sally

‘We like being in control. As lawyers, we want to be in control. What is more, sometimes the law requires our clients to be in control. And the law determines if a person is truly in control. In the legal context instances where control may be an issue include the control of companies and the control of vehicles. In the field of property, the concept of control rears its head in connection with adverse possession.’

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Falcon Chambers, March 2016

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Illegal occupation is no bar to adverse possession – NearlyLegal

Posted February 20th, 2015 in Administrative Court, adverse possession, appeals, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal considered the clash of s.144 LASPO and the rules on adverse possession, on appeal from the Administrative Court. Our report on the Admin Court judgment is here, and, to be honest, I’m not sure that the Court of Appeal adds much to that judgment. Much the same arguments were rehearsed and much the same conclusion is reached.’

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NearlyLegal, 19th February 2015

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Regina (Best) v Chief Land Registrar – WLR Daily

Posted May 22nd, 2014 in adverse possession, crime, land registration, law reports, squatting by sally

Regina (Best) v Chief Land Registrar [2014] EWHC 1370 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 211

‘The criminalisation of people who were trespassers through living in a relevant residential building by pursuant to section 144(1) of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 had not prevented time running for applications for registration of title by adverse possession.’

WLR Daily, 7th May 2014

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Adverse possession through criminal trespass – NearlyLegal

Posted May 9th, 2014 in adverse possession, news, trespass by sally

‘Way back when s.144 LASPO 2012 was first proposed, I noted that one of the unaddressed questions (indeed a question that nobody even thought to consider) was how s.144 would interact with statute and case law on adverse possession.’

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NearlyLegal, 8th May 2014

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Swan Housing Association Ltd v Gill – WLR Daily

Swan Housing Association Ltd v Gill: [2012] EWHC 3129 (QB);   [2012] WLR (D)  325

“A tenant facing anti-social behaviour injunction proceedings was not prevented from applying to register his possessory title with the land registry by virtue of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 6 to the Land Registration Act 2002.”

WLR Daily, 7th November 2012

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Yeates and another v Line and another – WLR Daily

Yeates and another v Line and another [2012] EWHC 3085 (Ch); [2012] WLR (D) 319

“An oral compromise agreement was not void by virtue of section 2(1) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 merely because it had a disposing effect. The compromise agreement was not an agreement for ‘the sale or other disposition of an interest in land’ within the meaning of section 2(1), so that despite being oral it was a valid contract.”

WLR Daily, 12th November 2012

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Zarb and another v Parry and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2011 in adverse possession, land registration, law reports by tracey

Zarb and another v Parry and another: [2011] EWCA Civ 1306;  [2011] WLR (D)  331

“To defeat a claim to title to land by adverse possession under the Land Registration Act 2002 on the basis of an interruption which stopped time running, the paper title owner was required to show possession to the exclusion of the person claiming adverse possession.”

WLR Daily, 15th November 2011

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Regina (Diep) v Chief Land Registrar – WLR Daily

Posted December 7th, 2010 in adverse possession, land registration, law reports by sally

Regina (Diep) v Chief Land Registrar [2010] WLR (D) 215

“The policy of the Land Registry in dealing with applications for registration of title to unregistered land based on adverse possession, as embodied in Land Registry Practice Guidance 5 at 6.4, was neither unlawful nor irrational.”

WLR Daily, 6th December 2010

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Baxter v Mannion – WLR Daily

Baxter v Mannion [2010] EWHC 573 (Ch); [2010] WLR (D) 82

“There was no good reason to confine the jurisdiction of the registrar under para 5(a) of Sch 4 to the Land Registration Act 2002 to the correction of procedural mistakes. If any statutory condition which was a prerequisite for registration was shown not to have been satisfied, there was a mistake in the register which the registrar had power to correct.”

WLR Daily, 19th March 2010

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Regina (Smith) v Land Registry – WLR Daily

Posted March 12th, 2010 in adverse possession, appeals, law reports, limitations, roads by sally

Regina (Smith) v Land Registry [2010] EWCA Civ 200; [2010] WLR (D) 72

“Title to land over which a public highway runs could not be acquired by adverse possession.”

WLR Daily, 11th March 2010

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Ofulue v Bossert – WLR Daily

Ofulue v Bossert [2009] UKHL 16; [2009] WLR (D) 91

“An offer by a squatter to buy the property from the owners in a letter marked ‘without prejudice’ could not be used as evidence that she had acknowledged the owners’ title to the property so as to defeat her claim to adverse possession.”

WLR Daily, 12th March 2009

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Ofulue and Another v Bossert – Times Law Reports

Ofulue and Another v Bossert

House of Lords

“Where an occupier disputing possession proceedings made an offer to the owners to buy the property in a ‘without prejudice’ letter, which was rejected, but later claimed that the title of the property had passed to her because of 12 years’ adverse possession, the owners could not rely on the letter as evidence that she had acknowledged their title to the property so as to defeat her claim.”

The Times, 13th March 2009

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Squatters ordered out of Mayfair – BBC news

Posted January 28th, 2009 in adverse possession, news by sally

“Squatters who took over a £22.5m house in Mayfair have been ordered by a court to leave the property.”

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BBC News, 27th January 2009

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Crown awarded “squatter’s rights” – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2008 in adverse possession, Crown, news by sally

“The Queen has won ‘squatter’s rights’ over large tracts of the Severn Estuary in a dispute with a controversial Cardiff businessman.”

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BBC News, 20th February 2008

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Ashe (Trustee in bankruptcy of Djabar Babai) v National Westminster Bank plc – WLR Daily

Posted February 12th, 2008 in adverse possession, law reports, mortgages, time limits by sally

Ashe (Trustee in bankruptcy of Djabar Babai) v National Westminster Bank plc [2008] EWCA Civ 55; [2008] WLR (D) 40

“Where a mortgagor was in exclusive possession of his mortgaged property, and the mortgagee had for more than 12 years failed to protect its security by taking steps to enforce its right to possession or to obtain payment from the mortgagor, such possession was ‘adverse possession’ for the purposes of the Limitation Act 1980 and ran in the mortgagor’s favour and against the mortgagee; and the latter’s right of action, having accrued more than 12 years before, was extinguished under the Act.”

WLR Daily, 11th February 2008

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Ofulue and Another v Bossert – Times Law Reports

Posted February 11th, 2008 in adverse possession, human rights, law reports by sally

Ofulue and Another v Bossert

Court of Appeal

“Where a party contended that a right to property had been breached, the English court had to apply a margin of appreciation in taking into account the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg.”
The Times, 11th February 2008

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Ofulue and another v Bossert – WLR Daily

Posted February 1st, 2008 in adverse possession, human rights, law reports by sally

Ofulue and another v Bossert [2008] EWCA Civ 7; [2008] WLR (D) 22

“The Court of Appeal should follow a decision of the European Court of Human Rights that the law of adverse possession as it stood prior to the Land Registration Act 2002 did not violate the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions, guaranteed by art 1 of Protocol No 1 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 31st January 2008

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