Edward Cousins is an extremely experienced former barrister and Principal Judge of the Land Registration Division. He is able to provide advice on wide-ranging property issues and can also sit as a Mediator and Arbitrator but, due to his former status in the Judiciary, cannot become involved in litigious matters.
He was called to the Bar in 1971 and pursued a successful career with expertise in property and land law, and associated Chancery litigation. He is a specialist property and planning lawyer, with particular expertise in markets and fairs, including street trading; land registration; commons and town and village greens; manorial rights; and mines and minerals.
Edward has held a number of significant judicial roles since his appointment to the part-time post of Chief Commons Commissioner in 2002 which role continued until 2008 when the post was abolished following the enactment of the Commons Act 2006. In September 2003 he was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the newly created salaried judicial role of Adjudicator to HM Land Registry established under the Land Registration Act 2002. As Adjudicator he dealt with land registration applications involving disputes over title, touching on areas of land law ranging from beneficial interest and rights of way cases, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims, to more esoteric disputes involving market rights, commons and town and village greens, aspects of planning law, easements, priority of mortgages and charges, and compulsory purchase. In 2013, he was appointed the Principal Judge of the Land Registration Division of the Property Chamber, following the integration of the jurisdiction into the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.
Following his retirement from the judiciary in October 2014, Edward has been appointed to the Panel of NPIERS as an Examiner. He is also qualified as a non-statutory Inspector and has been retained in that role on a number of town and village green inquiries. He is an accredited mediator and has been retained in a number of property mediations, and matters involving early neutral evaluation and other aspects of ADR.
Edward is engaged in a number of NPIERS Neighbourhood Plan examinations together with sitting as an Inspector on a Town or Village Green Inquiries.
He is advising market authorities on the removal of markets, the preservation of market rights and the disposal of market sites. He is also advising private clients on land registration title issues, and on rights of common, and town and village green issues.