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Readership: Undergraduate students on the LLB; Postgraduate students on the GDL.
Ben McFarlane, Reader, University of Oxford, Nicholas Hopkins, Chair of the School of Law, University of Reading, and Sarah Nield, Reader in Law, University of Southampton
Ben McFarlane is a Reader in Property Law & Trusts at Oxford University and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. His popular lectures on basic principles of land law led, in part, to his being one of the first two Oxford law tutors to win a Teaching Excellence award from the University. He has published a number of articles on land law in leading journals and is the author of The Structure of Property Law (Hart, 2008). In 2010, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize.
Nicholas Hopkins is Chair of the School of Law at the University of Reading. He has taught land law since 1993. His research interests lie in property law, particularly informal rights in land and the interrelation between land law and other branches of law, including equity, unjust enrichment, family, housing policy and social security. He has published widely in these areas and is the author of The Informal Acquisition of Rights in Land (Sweet & Maxwell 2000).
Sarah Nield is a Reader in Law at Southampton University. She has been teaching in law for the past 17 years, having previously held posts at Hong Kong University and the University of Bristol, teaching land, equity and trusts and company law. She is also a qualified solicitor. She has authored two books on land law in Hong Kong, one of which was the first textbook on Hong Kong land law.
"An excellent text book for students. The material is well organised, clearly setting out the essential principles of land law, whilst inviting students to engage with critical debate." - Professor Susan Bright, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
"Comprehensive, stimulating and lucid. This is a first class land law resource." - Amy Goymour, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
"A model free standing text book because it contains all the necessary elements that both teacher and student need to respectively disseminate and understand a challenging subject." - Michael John-Hopkins, School of Law, Aberystwyth University
1: What's special about land?
2: What is land?
3: Human rights and land
B. THE CONTENT QUESTION
4: Legal estates and legal interests
5: Equitable interests
6: Direct rights
C1. THE ACQUISITION QUESTION
7: Formal methods of acquisition: contracts, deeds and registration
8: Informal methods of acquisition: adverse possession
C2. THE ACQUISITION OF AN EQUITABLE INTEREST IN LAND
9: The doctrine of anticipation: Walsh v Lonsdale
10: Proprietary estoppel
11: Trusts: The acquisition question
D. PRIORITY AND THE DEFENCES QUESTION
12: The priority triangle
13: Unregistered land and priorities
14: Registered land and priorities
15: Evaluating the Land Registration Act 2002
E. THE SHARED HOME
16: Interests in the home: the acquisition question
17: Regulating co-ownership: the content question
18: Co-ownership and third parties: applications for sale
19: Co-ownership and priorities: the defences question
20: Successive ownership
F. LICENCES AND LEASES
23: Regulating leases and protecting occupiers
24: Leasehold covenants
G: NEIGHBOURS AND NEIGHBOURHOODS
26: Freehold covenants
27: Flat ownership: long leases and commonhold
H: SECURITY RIGHTS
28: Security interests in land
29: Protection of the borrower
30: Lender's rights and remedies