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Unlocking Land Law

6th Edition

By Judith Bray


490 pages

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Unlocking Land Law will help you grasp the main concepts of the subject with ease. Containing accessible explanations in clear and precise terms that are easy to understand, it provides an excellent foundation for learning and revising land law.

The information is clearly presented in a logical structure and the following features support learning, helping you to advance with confidence:

  • clear learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter set out the skills and knowledge you will need to get to grips with the subject;
  • key facts summaries throughout each chapter allow you to progressively build and consolidate your understanding;
  • end-of-chapter summaries provide a useful check-list for each topic;
  • cases and judgments are highlighted to help you find them and add them to your notes quickly;
  • frequent activities and self-test questions are included so you can put your knowledge into practice;
  • sample essay questions with annotated answers prepare you for assessment;
  • glossary of legal terms clarifies important definitions.

This edition has been extensively rewritten and updated to include discussion of recent changes and developments within the module. These include the decision in Marr v Collie [2017] UKPC 17 and its implications on implied trusts and rights in the family home; Regency Villas Title Ltd v Diamond Resorts [2017] EWCA Civ 238, which has reviewed the definition of an easement; Smith v Molyneux [2016] UKPC 35, which revisits the law on consent to a licence in adverse possession cases, and, not least, the interesting decision in Baker v Craggs [2018] EWCA 1126, which considers what constitutes a legal estate in land under s 2 Law of Property Act 1925.


"The law is presented in a clear, concise and authoritative way. The use of extracts from academic work is excellent (as are the further reading sections). The essay plans are really good and will help the more self-reliant students. I really like the various additional textual elements and I think they could be a real feature." — Charles Barker, University of Portsmouth, UK (review of a previous edition)

"It is clear and concise. The format is also easy for students to navigate and to follow. The activity and summary sections are helpful for students to consolidate their learning." —Joanne Beswick, Staffordshire University, UK

Table of Contents

1: Guide to the Book; 2: Preface; 3: Table of Cases; 4: Chapter 1: Introduction; 5: Chapter 2: Common Law and Equity; 6: Chapter 3: Registered Land; 7: Chapter 4: The Transfer and Creation of Property Interests; 8: Chapter 5: Equitable Rights in Land; 9: Chapter 6: Licenses; 10: Chapter 7: Proprietary Estoppel; 11: Chapter 8: Co-Ownership; 12: Chapter 9: Trusts of Land; 13: Chapter 10: Easements; 14: Chapter 11: Covenants; 15: Chapter 12: Mortgages; 16: Chapter 13: Leases; 17: Chapter 14: Adverse Possession; 18: Chapter 15: Commonhold; 19: Glossary; 20: Index

About the Author

Judith Bray is Professor of Law at the University of Buckingham. She has taught property law for many years and written extensively on land law and other subjects. She is also a qualified barrister.

About the Series

Unlocking the Law

The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. The books have been designed with the same format and structure, so each chapter in each book includes: a list of aims and objectives, activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning.

All topic areas are broken up into manageable sections with a logical progression and extensive use of headings and numerous sub-headings as well as an extensive contents list and index. Each book in the series contains a variety of flow charts, diagrams, key facts charts and summaries to reinforce the information in the body of the text. Diagrams and flow charts are particularly useful because they can provide a quick and easy understanding of the key points, especially when revising for examinations. Key facts charts not only provide a quick visual guide through the subject but are also useful for revision.

Many cases are separated out for easy access and all cases have full citation in the text as well as the table of cases for easy reference. The emphasis of the series is on depth of understanding much more than breadth of detail. For this reason each text also includes key extracts from judgments where appropriate. Extracts from academic comment from journal articles and leading texts are also included to give some insight into the academic debate on complex or controversial areas. In both cases these are highlighted and removed from the body of the text.

Finally the books also include much formative 'self-testing', with a variety of activities ranging through subject specific comprehension, application of the law, and a range of other activities to help the student gain a good idea of his or her progress in the course. Appendices with guides on completing essay style questions and legal problem solving supplement and support this interactivity. Besides this a sample essay plan is added at the end of most chapters.

Series editors: Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years' experience as a practising barrister and has taught law at all levels. Chris Turner LLM is a Senior Lecturer in law at Wolverhampton University.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Land Use
LAW / Property