Ofulue and another v Bossert  EWCA Civ 7;  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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Squatters’ rights to another’s land are not disproportionate
J.A. Pye (Oxford) Ltd v. United Kingdom
European Court of Human Rights
“Provisions of English law allowing squatters to obtain after 12 years of adverse possession the right to title of the land, without liability to compensation, was not an intrusion into the applicant companies’ rights to the ownership of their property.”
The Times, 1st October 2007
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“A property developer’s landmark legal fight to secure compensation for land lost to squatters has ended in failure after Europe’s highest court ruled that UK law did not breach the developer’s human rights.”
The Times, 30th August 2007
For most people a property on Hampstead Heath would be many mortgages or lottery tickets away, but a squatter has been granted the rights to a plot of land worth £2m for nothing.
The Independent, 24th May 2007