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Land Registration Act 2002

Recovery of indemnity by registrar

287.Paragraph 10 replicates the current position, which is to enable the registrar in three circumstances to recover from a third party the amount of any indemnity (plus interest) paid to the claimant. The first situation is when that person caused or substantially contributed to the loss by fraud. There is no requirement that the recipient of the indemnity payment could have sued the perpetrator of the fraud, although it is likely that he or she would have been able to do so. Secondly, akin to an insurer’s right of subrogation, the registrar may enforce any right of action whatsoever that the claimant would have been entitled to enforce had the indemnity not been paid. Lastly, where the register has been rectified, the registrar may enforce any right of action whatsoever which the persons in whose favour the register was rectified would have been entitled to enforce if the register had not been rectified. The third right of recourse goes beyond the insurer’s right of subrogation. These rights are given to the registrar in addition to any other rights and remedies that he has otherwise.

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