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Textbook on Land Law

Seventeenth Edition

Judith-Anne MacKenzie and Aruna Nair

May 2018

ISBN: 9780198809586

696 pages

In Stock

Price: £32.99

The only book on land law to include a running case study to illustrate how the law works in practice.



Trusted by students for 30 years, Textbook on Land Law gives a practical and innovative edge to modern land law. Perfectly pitched for students studying land law for the first time, the running case study will galvanize interest in the topics by allowing students to visualize and engage with the topics.

  • Features practical examples throughout to provide students with a frame of reference to put this often abstract subject into a clear context
  • Combines academic detail and accuracy with a direct and engaging writing style to give lucidity to complex areas
  • Examines core areas covered on land and property law courses, and has been consistently relied upon and refined over seventeen editions
  • Includes extracts and sample legal documents to demonstrate how land law works in the real world and end-of chapter further reading references to direct additional research

New to this edition

  • Coverage on a number of new key cases including Baker v Craggs [2017] and its emphasis of the registration gap, McDonald v McDonald [2017] and its relevance for human rights, and Liden v Burton [2017] regarding proprietary estoppel and the relief awarded by the judge
  • Discussion of the Law Commission's consultation on Updating the Land Registration Act 2002

About the Author(s)

Judith-Anne MacKenzie, Barrister, formerly a member of the Government Legal Service and a former Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Transport, and Aruna Nair, Lecturer in Property Law, King's College London

Judith-Anne MacKenzie was, for 21 years, a practising barrister in the Civil Service working initially as Assistant Parliamentary Counsel (drafting legislation), and later as a Senior Civil Servant in the DTI, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Transport. Prior to that she was a legal academic and a barrister in private practice. She has now retired from practice but continues to work as an author. She is also Special Advisor to the Save Me Trust.

Dr Aruna Nair is a Lecturer in Property Law at King's College London. She has experience of teaching land and property law at King's College London and at the University of Oxford where she was a part-time tutor. Before holding teaching posts Dr Nair was a Research Assistant working on property, family, and trusts law for the Law Commission.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Introduction
    1: Estates in land
    2: Interests in land
    Part II: The Freehold Estate
    3: Buying a house
    4: The contract
    5: Unregistered land
    6: Registered land
    7: Acquisition of an estate by adverse possession
    Part III: Legal Estates
    8: The freehold estate
    9: The leasehold estate
    10: Obligations of landlord and tenant
    11: Enforcement of leasehold covenants
    12: Remedies for breach of leasehold covenants
    Part IV: Trusts
    13: Express and implied trusts
    14: Trusts of land
    15: Settled Land Act settlements
    16: Perpetuities and accumulations
    17: Co-ownership
    18: Resulting and constructive trusts
    19: Proprietary estoppel
    Part V: Licences and Rights to the Family Home
    20: Licences and their enforcement
    21: Special rights in relation to the family home
    Part VI: Rights in Land
    22: Mortgages and charges
    23: Priorities in relation to mortgages and charges
    24: Easements
    25: Freehold covenants
    Part VII: Conclusion
    26: What is land?


"The authors' writing style and clarity of exposition is a key strength. Utilization of a running case study works exceptionally well in helping students to relate abstract legal principles to practical 'real world' scenarios." - Sam Burton, Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University

"It is designed with a student's needs in mind. In depth relevant examples make it interesting." - Andrea Garvey, law student, Swansea University

"Well stated and clear. Great basis for further discussion and clarity of explanation." - Anne Street, Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, University of London

"It is excellent, provides students with a comprehensive review of the law, as well as giving them useful pointers in terms of reform." - Emily Allbon, Senior Lecturer, City, University of London

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by online resources including guidance on how to advise clients on a land law problem. It also features additional coverage of topics such as leasehold covenants, perpetuities and accumulations, and undue influence and mortgages.

The ‘Re-Imagining the Teaching of Land Law’ workshop held at the University of Birmingham and funded by CEPLER enabled discussions about the teaching of land law - what works and what doesn't. A report summarising the day's discussions can be downloaded here.

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