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Latest Land registration articles

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    Plans reports for property transactions in Scotland

    Frances Rooney, head of Harper Macleod's Land Registration team, has co-written the latest of a series of articles on the land registration mattersin Scotland. The article, produced in conjuction with Registers of Scotland, has been published in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. This month's article looks at why too many level 3 plans reports are being ordered and provides an update on plans report matters.

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    A radical shift in how we view landownership

    Land reform is a subject guaranteed to set pulses racing and give rise to fierce debate, no matter on which side of the supposed fence people sit – landowner or land reformer. The recent passing of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill by the Scottish Parliament brought this debate to the fore once again. It is the shift in how we should view landownership in Scotland that is radical here.

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    'A non domino' - can you still get title to land out of nothing?

    Frances Rooney, head of Harper Macleod's Land Registration team, has co-written the latest of a series of articles on the new land registration regime. This month's article looks at the possibility of deeds being granted by non-owners, the special statutory procedure for registration of such deeds, and the effect on onward sales.