The Land Registry is paying out ever more claims due to fraud in relation to the title of properties. They have stringent procedures in place - which as a conveyancing lawyer I can vouch for - but nothing can stop a determined dishonest fraudster. Ultimately this will cost us all money as the Land Registry being a Government Department may well need to raise it's fees in order to fund the compensation pool. Also, property lawyer beware since no doubt the land registry will seek to mitigate it's losses by finding another to share the blame !