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Jonathan Smithers appointed to the Land Registry Rule Committee

Jonathan Smithers, a partner with the Tunbridge Wells-based law firm CooperBurnett has been appointed by the Council of the Law Society to the Land Registry Rule Committee. He is currently also Chair of the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee of the Law Society and has served on that Committee for four years, including one year as its Vice Chair.

The Land Registry Rule Committee is a non-departmental public body and its work involves making the rules which guide Land Registry practice from day to day. Although the Committee, in its current form, was established in 2002, it has been in place at least since the introduction of the Land Registration Act 1925. The Law Society has nominated a member continuously since this time.

Other members of the Rule Committee include a person nominated by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and a person nominated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

“I am delighted to have been appointed to the Land Registry Rule Committee,” says Jonathan. “It fits well with the role I already hold as Chair of the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee of the Law Society.”

Until its closure recently, Jonathan had close contact with the Tunbridge Wells Land Registry and its registrars for more than 20 years, getting to know the internal workings and structure of the Registry. Since its relocation to Nottingham, CooperBurnett was an early adopter of the Business Relationship Scheme, where a group of Land Registry officials deal with all applications from a business unit, rather than geographically.

“The relationship between the Law Society and the Land Registry is very important for the Law Society, as our members make by far the largest number of applications to the Registry and form a bridge between the public and the Registry itself,” says Jonathan. “The ability to have direct input and expertise on the rules is a valuable asset for the Society.”