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Land Law Directions

Land Law Directions (8th edn)

Sandra Clarke and Sarah Greer
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date: 31 March 2023

p. 1596. Adverse possessionlocked

p. 1596. Adverse possessionlocked

  • Sandra ClarkeSandra ClarkeFormer Dean of Law, University of Buckingham
  •  and Sarah GreerSarah GreerVice Chancellor, University of Winchester


This chapter discusses the law on adverse possession. It first considers arguments for and against allowing adverse possession. It then describes changes in the law of adverse possession and outlines the main statutory provisions, namely the Limitation Act 1980, the Land Registration Act 1925, and the Land Registration Act 2002. Next, the chapter discusses what a squatter needs to show in order to make a claim to the land and the effects of adverse possession. The old scheme under the Limitation Act 1980 and the new scheme under the Land Registration Act 2002 are compared.

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