We register the ownership of land and property in England and Wales

HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for more than 85% of the land mass of England and Wales.

Our future:

HM Land Registry’s (HMLR) Business Strategy covers the direction the organisation will take over the next five years in order to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

The Business Strategy sets out six areas which are:

Brilliant at the basics – we will make dealing with us quick and simple by becoming even more customer focused and efficient while upholding our values at all times. We will look at how we can better support conveyancers through customer training and education programmes to remove duplication of effort and simplify the registration process. We aim to digitise and automate 95% of our daily transactions by 2022 to help simplify, speed up and improve the efficiency of registration.

A comprehensive register – creating a more definitive record of property ownership in England and Wales will help us to make buying and selling houses simpler, faster and cheaper. A comprehensive land register with high quality and comprehensive data promises to be a significant tool to support economic and housing growth, innovation and the overall property market.

Digital Street – our ground-breaking research and development project exploring how land registration might work in 2030. We are creating a pilot digital register for a small selection of properties by the end of 2017. This pilot register will be fully machine readable and able to be updated instantly. Digital Street will contribute towards a property industry where people will buy, rent, sell, finance, build and manage property with ease.

Opening our data – we will publish a wide variety of data in high quality and accessible formats to maximise its use for the benefit of wider society and to drive innovation in the digital economy. The release of data we hold on 25 million land and property registered titles, will support the government’s transparency agenda.

Expert people – in order to modernise and reshape the organisation, we need to empower our people and develop their skills. We will continue to develop the skills of our caseworkers to enable them to become the most digitally skilled land registration experts, blending their registration expertise with digital systems. We will invest in developing leadership and management skills, giving our people an opportunity to work towards professional standards, aligned to both government and external benchmarks.

Financially strong – having a robust financial plan to ensure our aims are affordable, deliver value for money and can respond to fluctuations in the market.

HMLR’s business strategy reaches throughout the organisation to transform and modernise the services we provide and how we provide them.

Our heritage: We are a government department created in 1862. HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for more than 85% of the land mass of England and Wales.

The Land Registry's Representatives

John Abbott

Director of Digital, Data and Technology at HM Land Registry

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You can find HM Land Registry at Stand No 36.

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John Abbot, the Director of Digital, Data, and Technology, will be attending Future:PropTech this year and will be speaking about a number of current topics.








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