What does 'adjudication' mean?
If parties to a land dispute cannot negotiate an agreement between themselves, we are obliged, under our rules, to refer the matter to the Adjudicator unless the matter has been referred to the Courts by one of the parties.
The Office of the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry is an independent post created by the Land Registration Act 2002. Its office is run by HM Court Service.
The Adjudicator’s contact details are:
The Office of the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry
DX 141420 Bloomsbury 7
Tel: 020 3077 5800
Fax: 020 3077 5836
When a dispute is referred to the adjudicator, they can either hear the dispute themselves or they can decide to direct one of the parties to start court proceedings. At this stage of the dispute the parties are usually legally represented.
Further information is available in Practice Guide 37 – Objections and disputes – A guide to Land Registry practice and procedures and Practice Guide 38 – Costs.
These guides are aimed primarily at the legal profession.