Matthew Smith joined Registers of Scotland in 1999 and in that time has worked in various roles throughout registration and policy. He has a background in both plans and the legal side of the registration process and did a stint in pre-registration enquires. In policy he worked as part of the team that was involved in taking the Land Registration Etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 from the SLC report stage to the designated day. He was seconded to the Scottish Government to work on the 2016 Land Reform Act, having policy responsibility for the provisions that were to become the Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land. Recently Matthew has been a senior policy adviser giving advice and guidance to colleagues on a wide variety of registration issues, including the registration of agricultural tenants' interest in the RCIL and he is also heavy involved in the expedite service.