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1. Is the land registered land in the land Registry or is it unregistered land? Has anyone else, such as the owner had access to the land during the last 19 years? Did you fence it off exclusively for your own use?
2. I regret to say that since 2003, a claim of adverse possession or squatter's rights is no longer recognised in relation to registered land. Today, where registered land is concerned, there is no title unless you have it registered in the Land Registry. It is no longer possible to obtain title to registered land by possession as it used previously be possible. So, I regret to say that you will only be able to acquire title to the land you have fenced off by buying the actual registered title from the registered owner. Having possession of the land here and fencing it off, will not assist you. This is because, in 2003, you did not have 11 years adverse possession then. So you cannot benefit from the transitional provisions in the legislation whereby previous claims to adverse possession were preserved. So I regret to say that you don't have a claim to this land.