Written by three leading academics in the field, this new book offers a stimulating and thought-provoking guide to land law. It collates the most important cases and best writing on the subject in a single volume and draws on key primary and secondary sources: combined with insightful author commentary this creates a complete learning resource for students. The authors' commentary offers a fresh perspective and presents land law as a vibrant subject which confronts pressing social issues with sophistication. The authors' enthusiasm for the subject absorbs readers' attention from the outset and enables them to gain a secure understanding of the fundamental principles of the subject, as well as guiding them through the more complex issues. This text provides students with the detailed knowledge and analytical tools required to engage fully with the many debates raised by this fascinating subject. Designed as a stand-alone textbook, undergraduates, as well as anyone studying English land law, will find everything they need in this one convenient and easy-to-use volume.
Online Resource Centre Accompanied by an Online Resource Centre containing updates (including new cases, statutes and commentary) plus suggested answers to questions posed at the end of chapters and further discussion of subsidiary points in the text. Also includes web links and a test bank.
Table of Contents
A. INTRODUCTION; 1. What's Special About Land?; 2. Land as Private Property; 3. Legal Estates and Legal Interests; 4. Equitable Interests; 5. Human Rights and Land; B. THE PRIORITY TRIANGLE; 6. The Priority Triangle; 7. Direct Rights; 8. The Priority Triangle in Action: Licences; B1. THE ACQUISITION OF A LEGAL ESTATE OR INTEREST IN LAND; 9. Formal Methods of Acquisition: Contracts, Deeds and Registration; 10. Informal Methods of Acquisition: Adverse Possession; B2. THE ACQUISITION OF AN EQUITABLE INTEREST IN LAND; 11. Introduction; 12. The Doctrine of Anticipation: Walsh v Lonsdale; 13. Proprietary Estoppel; 14. Trusts of Land; B3. PRIORITY; 15. Unregistered Land and Priorities; 16. Registered Land and Priorities; 17. Evaluating the Land Registration Act 2002; C.THE SHARED HOME; 18. Interests in the Home; 19. Regulating Co-Ownership; 20. Co-Ownership and Third Parties: Priorities; 21. Co-Ownership and Third Parties: Applications for Sale; 22. Successive Ownership; D. LEASES; 23. The Lease; 24. Regulating Leases and Protecting Occupiers; 25. Leasehold Covenants; E. NEIGHBOURS AND NEIGHBOURHOODS; 26. Easements; 27. Freehold Covenants; 28. Flat Ownership: Long Leases and Commonhold; F. SECURITY RIGHTS; 29. Security Interests in Land; 30. Borrower Protection; 31. Lender's Rights and Remedies
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). Nicholas Hopkins is a senior lecturer in law at Southampton University. 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 senior lecturer 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.