Land Registry’s eight Local Land Registrars are our senior lawyers with day-to-day involvement in applications for registration.

It’s their job to make final decisions in the more complex, sensitive and contentious land registration cases while leading their knowledgeable and experienced legal teams and working with their colleagues as a national team.

Some of the Local Land Registrars have worked for Land Registry for many years while others have joined very recently.

We’ll be introducing you to all our Local Land Registrars, beginning with Emily d’Albuquerque and Geraint Davies.

Emily d’Albuquerque

Emily d'AlbuquerqueEmily joined Land Registry this spring after six years working in agricultural law at solicitors Wilkin Chapman LLP.

Following a degree in English and Philosophy, Emily studied for two years at the College (now University) of Law in Birmingham before completing her training at the Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire firm.

At Wilkin Chapman her clients included individual farmers, partnerships and companies. Her work ranged from conveyancing of agricultural land, including registrable tenancies, to handling disputes and complex first registrations.

Joining Land Registry as a Local Land Registrar was “a chance to see behind the curtain and become more involved in the technical side of things”, said Emily, a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.

“My intention is to approach my work as pragmatically as possible but all the time keeping in mind the integrity of the register. We are not here to cause difficulties for conveyancers but we have to focus on the overriding need to maintain the integrity of the register rather than the individual commercial transaction.

“We want to make life as easy as possible within the constraints that exist so it’s really important we design Land Registry systems with customer needs in mind and are aware of the particular concerns they are facing in the property market.”

Emily leads a team of lawyers at Durham Office.

Geraint Davies

Geraint DaviesGeraint has all-round experience of property law and transactions from working as a solicitor in private practice, for a licensed conveyancer and for a local authority.

He joined Land Registry this spring from Vale of Glamorgan Council, where he was a Senior Lawyer in the litigation team with responsibility for planning and highways matters.

Geraint qualified as a solicitor in 1998 following a first degree in Business Administration at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and two years’ study at Nottingham Law School. In between, he worked at Equitable Life before pursuing his original vocation of the law.

For 12 years he worked in conveyancing and commercial property, mainly with Rees Wood Terry Solicitors in Cardiff and then Abbey Law in Bristol.

Before joining Vale of Glamorgan Council, Geraint worked for Countrywide Property Lawyers in Cardiff.

“I can draw on my experience of working in different types of conveyancing practice, first of all with two more traditional private practices and then a volume conveyancer,” said Geraint. “I’ve seen the different needs of both and the differing dynamics between them and Land Registry.

“Our predominant focus here is on the integrity of the register but that goes hand in hand to a large degree with the customer focus I’ve seen Land Registry develop over the last 15 years.”

Geraint leads a team of lawyers at Leicester, Coventry and Telford offices.

Read profiles of our other Local Land Registrars:

Gavin Curry
By Gavin Curry,
Digital Communications and Editorial Officer at HM Land Registry