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The boat owner who successfully argued that he had acquired legal title to the river bed of the Thames where his boat was moored has seen the decision set aside by the Court of Appeal.
The Court accepted that it was possible to acquire the title by adverse possession (‘squatter’s rights’), but ruled that this had not been demonstrated to have occurred in this case and that a full trial would be necessary to determine whether the man had, in fact, exercised sufficient control over the land in question to justify the claim.
If you allow others to use your land as if it were their own, you are taking a risk. We can advise you of the appropriate steps to take to ensure your rights over and title to your land are protected and expensive court proceedings are avoided.