Best v Chief Land Registrar

Land registration – Acquisition of title by possession. The claimant sought to register title to a property on the basis that he had been in adverse possession. The defendant Chief Land Registrar cancelled the application because s 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 prevented the claimant relying on any period involving a criminal offence. The claimant sought judicial review. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the mere fact that the adverse possession had been based on criminal trespass had not precluded a successful claim to adverse possession.

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