6th Edition

Unlocking Land Law

ISBN 9781138301054
Published February 26, 2019 by Routledge
524 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.




"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