Open Seminar

The Impact of the Land Title Ordinance, Cap 585 (not yet in operation) on the Security of Land Tenure

(organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Land Administration)

Speaker: Mr. E.J. Davison

Date: 23/7/2005 (Saturday)
Time:3:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm
Language used: English
Target participants: land administrators, surveyors, lawyers, planners, property owners
Charge: $80 (inclusive of tea and snacks)
Venue: 38/f, Grand Royal Club, The World Trade Centre, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Seat reservations: Mr Tse Kwok Hing, Fred (9312 3532) or
Ms Lee Sze Mun, Almond (8116 6936)

Biography of Mr E J Davison

Mr. Davison was trained and practiced as a solicitor in Queensland, Australia, before coming to Hong Kong. He joined the Registrar General's Department of the Hong Kong Government in 1972. Since 1987, he has been in private practice in Hong Kong as a partner in Kao, Lee & Yip.

He has been involved in work on the Land Titles Ordinance ("LTO") since it was first proposed in 1988, and was a consultant to the Land Registrar on the draft legislation. He is a member of the Land Registrar's Review Committee for the LTO, Chairman of the Law Society's Land Use Planning and Environment Committee and a member of the Government's Cadastral Survey Consultative Committee.

What is the Land Title Ordinance ?

Hong Kong is one of the few common law jurisdictions that still operates a deeds registration system for recording interests in land and property, rather than a system of registration of title. Registration of deeds is normally conducted under the Land Registration Ordinance in the past. In recent years it has been supported by computerization of the registers and imaging of instruments in order to make searches easier. However, the fact that the registers remain simply an index to instruments has significant effects on the efficiency with which conveyancing and other dealings in property can be conducted. Every time a transaction takes place a solicitor has to review the deeds in order to check the title, unlike under a system of registered title where the register itself gives the evidence of current ownership and interests in the property. The Land Titles Ordinance is therefore promulgated.

The main purpose of the Ordinance is to allow title to property to be established by reference to a title register, thus giving greater security to property interest and simplifying conveyancing procedures. The title registration system will no longer be necessary to review the historical title deeds to establish title as at present. The Title Register will provide an up to date and authoritative point of reference. This will give greater certainty over title and simplify conveyancing. This Ordinance will not be brought into effect until a number of outstanding issues have been dealt with.