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Land Registration Act 2002

Section 107: The adjudicator

170.Section 107 provides for the appointment by the Lord Chancellor of an adjudicator to HM Land Registry. This office is new and its function will be to determine any contested application to the registrar that cannot be disposed of by agreement between the parties. At present this function is performed by the Solicitor to HM Land Registry and those acting under his authority. Notwithstanding that the Solicitor adjudicates only in disputes between parties and not those involving the Registry, issues can still arise in such cases which involve the decisions of officials of the Registry. There could therefore be a perception that he is not sufficiently independent. This section creates a completely independent office for adjudication, and will continue a system of determinations which are cheap, swift and more informal than court hearings. Further provisions about the adjudicator are contained in Schedule 9.

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