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Land Law

Third Edition

Chris Bevan

April 2022

ISBN: 9780192856760

688 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.99

The most engaging analysis of land law's key themes, developing a sophisticated understanding through a straightforward style.



Academically rigorous yet welcoming and fully attuned to the needs of the student reader, Chris Bevan's Land Law represents a new breed of textbook, blending traditional and contemporary teaching approaches to guide readers to a confident understanding of the subject.

  • The author's engaging writing style speaks directly to students and anticipates their questions, enabling the book to present a sophisticated analysis of the law that does not overwhelm readers
  • 93 carefully-constructed diagrams and flowcharts set out the material in intuitive visual formats, providing bird's eye views of topics and concepts and thereby aiding understanding
  • Key cases for each topic are succinctly summarized in a 'facts', 'legal issue', 'judgment' format to provide students with a clear sense of why they are important and to pique their interest, providing a springboard for independent reading of the primary sources
  • 'Future directions' sections at the end of each chapter epitomize the book's forward-looking, horizon-scanning perspective, proving to students that land law remains active and relevant, and encouraging a critical approach to the status quo
  • The book provides focused yet comprehensive coverage, closely mapped to LLB and GDL courses and aligned with subject trends and priorities - unregistered land is covered in appropriate brevity, and a full chapter is devoted to the increasingly-important topic of land law and human rights
  • Also available as an e-book enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Enhanced and expanded discussion of fixtures and chattels, adverse possession, leases, and leasehold covenants, as well as coverage of key cases including Royal Parks v Bluebird Boats (2021), Howe v Gossop (2021), Southwark LBC v Ludgate House (2020), Procter v Procter (2021), and R (on the application of Mott) v Environment Agency (2018)
  • New and improved figures, tables and flowcharts across the book, providing visual explanation of the law in practice
  • Detailed exploration of the new Law Commission Reports on Leasehold home ownership and Reinvigorating commonhold
  • New online materials to support understanding of complex topics including further animated flowcharts and examples of legal documents with helpful annotation

About the Author(s)

Chris Bevan, Associate Professor in Property Law, Durham University

Chris Bevan is Deputy Dean, Director of Research and Associate Professor in Property Law at Durham University, having taught previously at the University of Nottingham and practised as a common law barrister, specializing in property, housing and family law. He has also served as tutor on Bar Training Courses and maintains strong links with the world of legal practice. Chris is passionate about developing and utilizing the latest pedagogy and teaching methods, and has been awarded and short-listed for a number of teaching and innovation prizes, receiving Lecturer of the Year, gaining a prestigious Lord Dearing Award for outstanding achievement in enhancing the student learning experience, and becoming a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction to land law
    2:Registered land
    3:Unregistered land
    4:Adverse possession
    6:Interests in the family home
    8:Proprietary estoppel
    10:Leasehold covenants
    11:Easements and profits
    12:Freehold covenants
    14:Land law and human rights


"I am yet to find another textbook which so easily conveys land law concepts in a way that reaches students who need support and students who are excelling." - Charlie Seager, Lecturer, University of Salford

"A really great book, and loved by students. The author has produced a truly accessible and exciting work out of what is often regarded to be one of the most difficult subjects of every student's law degree." - Kieran Lee Marshall, Assistant Professor, University of Reading

"This is one of the best land law textbooks I have worked with; it is well written, organised and accessible, and the online resources are very useful to students and staff alike." - Dr Laura Lo Coco, Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

"We've been waiting for a book like Bevan's for a while. It combines all the elements of one's favourite land law texts; students will find that the questions that occur to them as they read are addressed very well." - Dr Michael John Hopkins, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

Additional Resources

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with self-assessment activities, videos, animated flowcharts and links that offer extra learning support: http://www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • A comprehensive suite of additional resources to support the book are available online for all readers at www.oup.com/he/bevan3e including:
    - Self-test and scenario questions with feedback
    - Videos from the author
    - Animated flowcharts explaining cases and legislation
    - Podcasts from the author
    - Annotated examples of legal documents
    - Maps with questions and thinking points
    - Exclusive interviews between the author and lawyers on real-life cases
    - Downloaded figures from the book
    - Flashcard glossary

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