The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)—practice and procedure
The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)—practice and procedure

The following Property Disputes guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)—practice and procedure
  • The Tribunals system
  • UT jurisdiction
  • Rules and Practice Directions
  • Commencing proceedings in the UT—notice of reference
  • Response to notice of reference
  • Applications under the new Electronic Communications Code
  • Applications to modify or discharge restrictive covenants
  • Rights of Light claims—light obstruction notices
  • Case management and directions
  • more

This Practice Note covers the practice and procedure for property-related claims in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (UT) and the type of claims which may be heard by the UT, including claims made pursuant to the new Electronic Communications Code, applications to modify or discharge restrictive covenants and applications in respect of rights of light, as well as appeals against decisions of the First-tier Tribunal, the Valuation Tribunal in England and the Residential Property, Leasehold Valuation and Agricultural Land Tribunals in Wales.

The Tribunals system

The Tribunals system is a dispute resolution service which supports, and is part of the broader court system. It is administered by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and is governed by the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (TCEA 2007). TCEA 2007, Pt 1, created a two-tier system, consisting of the First-tier Tribunals and the Upper Tribunals.Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, Pt 1

For details of the composition of the UT, see Composition of Tribunals: Practice statement.

Judges of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (UT), are automatically deemed to also be judges of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (FTT). UT judges may be appointed or transferred-in, where a function was previously performed by a body over which the UT now has jurisdiction and they were previously a member of that body, such as the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry.TCEA 2007, ss 4(c), 5, 30 and 31Transfer of Tribunal Functions Order 2013, SI 2013/1036

UT jurisdiction

The Lands Chamber is one of four chambers of the Upper Tribunal. As with the FTT (see Practice Note: The First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)—practice and procedure),