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1. Here you should be successful in your application. Be aware that whilst 12 years adverse possession is sufficient in a court action for adverse possession, the Land Registry generally, will not register a possessory title unless there has been 40 years possession. So, given the lease ran up to 1998, the Council can only have had 17 years possession, which will not be sufficient. However, be aware that you are vulnerable to a court application by the Council, if it can show it had both the necessary animus possidendi to adverse possess against you, as well that they fenced it off and had exclusive possession of it, not permitting your or anybody else to enter upon the land. Here the most difficult hurdle for the Council will be showing the necessary animus possidendi or intention to possess, as it is sometimes difficult for a corporate body to show the actual body, and not some official, has an intention to possess wrongly and against the interests of the owner.