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Property law is governed by a large body of complex and sometimes very archaic law. Indeed, some of what is called “old property law” derives directly from rules developed during the medieval period in England. It often surprises people to learn that property in Australia cannot truly be owned (except by the Crown). Rather, people have various rights and interests in land that may be transferred in various ways. Property transactions and property rights are common areas of legal dispute so it is important to have sound legal advice when dealing with property.