Top Local Land Charges teams revealed at Land Data 2024 Excellence Awards

Land DataOver 100 Local Authority Local Land Charges Officers who carry out land and property searches required for conveyancing transactions, attended the 17th Land Data Local Land Charges Awards for Excellence gala dinner in Derby on 4 March, hosted by comedian Markus Birdman.

The national awards recognise the work and achievements of Local Land Charges departments in England and Wales. For this year’s awards Land Data received 169 entries and nominations across seven categories from solicitors, licensed conveyancers, customer services experts and Local Land Charges personnel. The award winners were drawn from a shortlist of 84 Local Authority teams and individuals, from 69 Local Authorities.

The Awards, which are supported by the Local Land Charges Institute, SearchFlow, The Coal Authority, HM Land Registry, Land Data and the National Land Information Service (NLIS), cover seven categories:

  • Customer Satisfaction for Local Authority Searches
  • Local Authority Searches Team of the Year
  • The Best Performing Search Team Member
  • The Best Performing NLIS Local Land Charges Department Level 2
  • The Best Performing NLIS Local Land Charges Department Level 3
  • The Best Performing Migrated Local Authority
  • The Unsung Hero

A winner and a highly commended for each category were chosen by a panel of judges from The Coal Authority, HM Land Registry, the Law Society, Land Data, the Local Land Charges Institute and the National Land Information Service (NLIS).

Fiona Barron, Land Data’s Chief Executive, commented: “Our 2024 award-winners and shortlisted councils have all shown great tenacity and dedication, ensuring their residents can move home as quickly and smoothly as possible. In a role which is too often taken for granted, they have used initiative, creativity and perseverance to find new efficiencies, better solutions and more opportunities to add value.

“Like many professions, Local Land Charges is in a phase of transition, from locally-managed Local Land Charges Registers, to HM Land Registry’s central Register. From paper-based information, to digitisation. All this against a backdrop of financial cut-backs for many councils.

“It is incredibly important to celebrate success during these times of change and I am delighted to see so much talent, achievement and positivity in the 2024 Excellence Awards.”

The 2024 Award winners are:

  • Customer Satisfaction Award for Local Authority Searches – supported by the The Coal Authority

District Councils

Winner: West Devon Borough Council

Highly commended: Arun District Council

Metropolitan District Councils

Winner: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Highly commended: Wakefield Council

Unitary Councils

Winner: Swansea Council

Highly commended: Medway Council

London Borough Councils

Winner: Barnet London Borough Council

Highly Commended: Hillingdon London Borough Council


Winner: Leicester City Council

Highly commended: Castle Point District Council


  • Best Performing Search Team Member – supported by SearchFlow

Winner: Evie Ward from Watford Borough Council

Highly Commended: Michaela Salter from Cotswold District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, Forest of Dean District Council


Winner: North Devon District Council

Highly commended: Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council


Winner: Westminster City Council

Highly commended: Cardiff Council


Winner: West Suffolk District Council

Highly commended: Harborough District Council


Winner: Denise Durham from Barnet London Borough Council

Highly commended: LLC team at Westminster City Council


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