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R (Best) v Chief Land Registrar

DATE: 07 May 2014

R (Best) v Chief Land Registrar [2016] QB 23 (CA), [2014] 3 All ER 63 (QB): landmark Court of Appeal case testing the novel question of whether an application purportedly made pursuant to paragraph 1 of Schedule 6 to the Land Registration Act 2002 for a person to be registered as the proprietor of a registered estate in land by adverse possession is valid, where the possession on which the applicant relies to establish his claim constitutes the criminal offence of squatting in a residential building, under s. 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Junior to Jonathan Karas QC, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor on behalf of the Chief Land Registrar, 2013 – 2015).   For a copy of the judgment, click here.   See also the coverage in The GuardianThe Telegraph, and The Daily Mail