Scottish Land & Estates and Registers of Scotland (RoS) partnered by Bowlts Chartered Surveyors of Elgin and Inverness on Wednesday 9th December to deliver a seminar on the 2012 Land Registration Act.
32 members, clients and guests attended the event held at the Kingsmills Hotel and after lunch received a welcome and introduction to the event from senior partner Ken Bowlt and SL&E Highland Regional Manager, Drew McFarlane-Slack.
Thereafter presentations from Karen Alexander and Rhona Elrick of RoS describing the value of early voluntary registration, the challenges of Keeper induced registration, mapping requirements and case studies from Sutherland Estates and Alvie & Dalraddy Estates. This was followed by Bowlts GIS co-ordinator, Caroline Cook who give a detailed description of the mapping and surveying techniques employed when preparing plans and titles for clients. Caroline also offered insights into the challenges of reconciling errors which occasionally slip into plans as developments progress. The presentations were followed by a lengthy Q&A from the floor.
It is clear from this seminar that early voluntary registration is a wise course of action for many estates and landowners as this will allow more care and thought to be applied to the process of moving from the old Sasines paper maps to a new online system. Thanks to Ken Bowlt and Caroline Cooke for providing this very helpful opportunity explore and cross examine many of the issues around Registration that SLE members and their professional advisors need to consider in the coming years.