Peter Willoughby Memorial Lecture 2014

Hong Kong has hitherto had a system of conveyancing based upon deeds registration. In 2004, Hong Kong enacted The Lands Title Ordinance to introduce a system of registration of title to land, but it has not yet been brought into force. In England and Wales, there has been a system of title registration since 1869 and some 80% of the land is now registered. The present law is found in the Land Registration Act 2002 and the rules made under it. That Act substantially reformed the previous legislation of 1925. In this lecture, Dr Harpum looks at the advantages and disadvantages of title registration and examines the different approaches that have been adopted in England and Wales and under the proposed Hong Kong scheme.