Law firm to help with Voluntary Land Registration till 2019
Morton Fraser has won a tender to support Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with the registration of its titles in the Land Register of Scotland over the next two years.
The law firm, which has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, will help HIE fufil its legal responsibilities given that all public bodies are required to register their land by December 2019 as set out by the Scottish Government.
Amy Entwistle, Morton Fraser Partner and lead for the project, said: “Winning this contract following a competitive bid, is testament to the success of our continued work on voluntary Land Registration projects for many of our other public sector clients.”
“With the commitment to all public land being Land Registered by the end of 2019, it is an important and time sensitive project, which allows our team to play a role in facilitating more transparent public access to land ownership information.”
HIE requires around 150 of its properties, including industrial units, offices and development plots, to be Land Registered.
Keir Marshall, Solicitor at HIE, said: “A completed Land Register will be a national asset, providing clear and unambiguous knowledge of who owns land in Scotland, and HIE is very pleased to be contributing to its completion.
“Morton Fraser has a strong history with this type of project and we have confidence in the team’s ability to help us register our diverse landholding, which ranges from whole estates on Skye and in the Cairngorms to modern business premises and enterprise parks such as Inverness Campus, Arnish Stornoway and the European Marine Science Park, Argyll.”