If the ownership of land is unknown and parties use the land as their own, this can often lead to a dispute.

The case of Windmill Holdings v Adams (2021) heard in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) earlier this year is of particular interest to parties seeking adverse possession of land.

It sets out the legal test for adverse possession, and serves as a useful reminder of the principle of legal privilege relating to correspondence between the parties.

This case highlights why it is vital to seek professional legal advice as soon as there is a question about ownership of land.