Property law in the United Kingdom is divided into three regions - Scotland, England & Wales, and Northern Ireland. The property laws of Scotland are quite different from that of England and Wales. However the property laws of Northern Ireland and England are fairly similar. Scottish property law had originated and was derived from the Scottish feudal law system. However it has undergone extensive adaptations and changes under the modern statute. English and Welsh property law originated and were derived from the English common law and English traditions. Many people are under the false notion that the property laws of England were derived from Roman law.
Property under the English law is briefly divided into "personal property" and "real property." This demarcation of property into personal versus real is synonymous to dividing the same into immovable property and movable property. This concept of movable property originated from the Roman era, where Roman law considered that personal belongings would essentially include goods, money, and all other movables which the owner may carry with him wherever he sees fit.
This essential demarcation between real and personal property still prevails in England and is characterized by the following: