Land Ownership: What do you own and how do you gain ownership

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  • Released 6th Mar 2023
  • Adam Keith
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In this video, Adam will explore the origin of the concept of land ownership primarily in England and Wales. Referencing squatters and the Land Registration Act of 2002 and featuring case studies to illustrate the law of Adverse Possession.

Focusing on freehold ownership we will be looking at the various qualities of title available, and the impact of those classes on how we deal with using and transferring real property.

This comprehensive session will delve into what it means to hold land as Possessory Title and Qualified Title; as well as think about whether Title Absolute is as it implies and what third-party rights may interrupt this.

Adam will also talk you through how a legal indemnity underwriter approaches offering cover and provide some examples of claims on our policy coverage.

By the end, you will have a better understanding of the pitfalls of proving land ownership.

We recommend opening the associated presentation with this session. This is located within the downloads tab.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is property
  • What is title
  • Classes of Title
  • How to acquire real property
  • Boundary rules
  • The law of Adverse Possession



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Adam Keith

Head of UK Underwriting • DUAL Asset

Adam entered the legal indemnity market straight from studying law at Durham University. Adam has experience in both underwriting and broking policies throughout Europe, but is now head of underwriting for DUAL Asset UK. Adam specialises in large transactions, portfolios and complex/contentious risks with a proven record of finding solutions to problems where others cannot. He has a detailed knowledge of M&A, commercial, probate and residential property law across all UK jurisdictions.

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