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Tale as old as (SJ) time: A history of the Land Registration Act

To celebrate our 160th year of publication, authors will be taking a contemporary look at historic events reported in Solicitors Journal's rich history. For the original story, click here

1 March 2016

The Land Registration Act 1862 was one of the most innovative reforms in the history of land law. This fact is easily forgotten as it was overshadowed by the sweeping reforms of the Law of Property Act 1925 and the Land Registration Act 1925, which are widely regarded as being the foundation of our current system of holding and registering property ownership.

The joint objectives of the 1862 Act were to ensure there was a mechanism whereby indefeasible title to land could be registered and that there should be economical and efficient machinery for noting incumbrances on that title.
The Land Registry has achieved the 1862 objectives and much more.

Registration of all property transactions finally became compulsory in 1990, and today more than 80 per cent of all
land in England and Wales
is registered, rendering unnecessary the detailed
and repeated investigation ...

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