Press release

May 2016 Transaction Data

This data provides information about the number and types of applications that Land Registry completed in May 2016.

Aerial view

In May:

  • Land Registry completed 1,491,651 applications
  • The South East topped the table of regional applications with 342,612
  • Birmingham topped the table of applications by local authority area with 21,981

The Transaction Data shows Land Registry completed more than 1,491,650 applications from its customers in May. This included 1,460,738 applications by account customers, of which:

  • 365,745 were applications in respect of registered land (dealings)
  • 697,066 were applications to obtain an official copy of a register or title plan
  • 179,220 were searches
  • 81,583 were transactions for value

Applications by region

Region Applications
South East 342,612
Greater London 302,168
North West 162,598
South West 144,605
West Midlands 125,236
Yorks and Humber 115,944
East Midlands 103,140
Wales 68,333
North 67,526
East Anglia 59,400
England and Wales (not assigned) 72
Isles of Scilly 17
Total 1,491,651

Top three local authorities for applications by area

Top three local authority areas Applications
Birmingham 21,981
City of Westminster 20,649
Leeds 17,323

Top three customers for transactions

Top three customers Transactions for value
Knights Professional Services Ltd 2,565
My Home Move Limited 1,770
Countrywide Property Lawyers 833

Top three customers for searches

Top three customers Searches
Enact 8,481
Optima Legal Services 6,401
O’Neill Patient 5,133

Access the full dataset.

Notes to editors

  1. Transaction Data is published on the 15th working day of each month. The June Transaction Data will be published at 11am on Thursday 21 July 2016 at

  2. The monthly Transaction Data shows how many applications for first registrations, leases, transfers of part, dealings, official copies and searches lodged by Land Registry account customers were completed. For an explanation of the terms used, read Abbreviations used in the transaction data.

  3. Transactions for value include freehold and leasehold sales.

  4. Most searches carried out by a solicitor or conveyancer are to protect the purchase and/or mortgage. For example, a search will give the buyer priority for an application to Land Registry to register the purchase of the property.

  5. As a government department established in 1862, executive agency and trading fund responsible to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Land Registry keeps and maintains the Land Register for England and Wales. The Land Register has been open to public inspection since 1990.

  6. With the largest transactional database of its kind detailing more than 24 million titles, Land Registry underpins the economy by safeguarding ownership of many billions of pounds worth of property.

  7. For further information about Land Registry visit

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Senior Press Officer

Marion Shelley
Trafalgar House
1 Bedford Park

Published 21 June 2016