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Land Law

Text, Cases & Materials

Fourth Edition

Ben McFarlane, Nicholas Hopkins, and Sarah Nield

August 2018

ISBN: 9780198806066

1,248 pages

In Stock

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £42.99

Substantial case detail, choice extracts, and sophisticated analysis.



Land Law: Text, Cases, and Materials offers a comprehensive, critical, and case-focused approach to the subject, combining insightful author commentary with carefully selected extracts to fully support students.

  • Combines insightful author commentary with carefully selected extracts to provide a thought-provoking and contextualized account of the subject
  • Incorporates the authors' unique approach to land law which helps students understand how rules work in isolation as well as how they interlink. This approach benefits them with the tools to accomplish high-level analysis quickly
  • Provides detailed discussion of key land law cases, drawing together extracts from leading judgments, responses to controversial decisions, and the authors' own opinion to create a well-rounded account of the subject
  • Takes a thorough, detailed, and critical approach to the subject, providing a framework to support students throughout their course
  • Each chapter begins with a discussion of 'central issues', providing an at-a-glance account of the key debates and principles shaping each area of law supplying valuable context for students
  • Includes end-of-chapter questions and further reading suggestions to support study of the subject and to help students prepare for assessments
  • Accompanied by online resources, including multiple-choice-questions with instant feedback

New to this edition

  • Treatment of the Court of Appeals decision in Best v Chief Land Registrar on the impact on adverse possession of the criminalisation of squatting in a residential building
  • Discussion on Baker v Craggs which raises a number of issues relating to the definition of a legal estate, the registration gap, and overreaching
  • Consideration of the impact of the decision in McDonald v McDonald on horizontal effect in the private rental context
  • Coverage of the Court of Appeal decisions in Davies v Davies (proprietary estoppel), Mortgage Express v Lambert (overreaching) and Regency Villas Title Ltd v Diamond Resorts Ltd (recreational easements)
  • A revised Chapter 18: The registered title, rectification and indemnity which examines the Law Commissions 2016 Consultation Paper on Updating the Land Registration Act 2002

About the Author(s)

Ben McFarlane, Professor of Law, University College London, Nicholas Hopkins, Law Commissioner for England and Wales and Professor of Law, University of Reading, and Sarah Nield, Professor of Property Law, University of Southampton

Ben McFarlane is Professor of Law at University College London. He has published a number of articles on land law in leading journals and is the author of The Law of Proprietary Estoppel (OUP, 2014) and The Structure of Property Law (Hart, 2008). He is also a contributing editor of Snells's Equity (Sweet & Maxwell).

Nicholas Hopkins is a Law Commissioner for England and Wales and Professor of Law at the University of Reading. He has published widely on land law and has a particular interest in law and the family home. He is chair of the board of Modern Studies in Property Law, an academic member of the Property Bar Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner he taught land law for over twenty years.

Sarah Nield is a Professor of Property Law at Southampton University. She has been teaching land law since 1982, having previously held posts at Hong Kong University and the University of Bristol and has also taught conveyancing, equity and trusts and company law. Sarah is published widely in the area of property law and is also a qualified solicitor.

Table of Contents

    Part A: Introduction
    1:What's special about land?
    2:What is land?
    Part B: The Content Question
    4:Human rights and land
    5:Legal estates and legal interests
    6:Equitable interests
    7:Personal rights
    Part C: The Acquisition Question
    8:Formal methods of acquisition: contracts and deeds
    9:Informal methods of acquisition: adverse possession
    10:Proprietary estoppel
    Part D: The Shared Home
    12:Interests in the home: the acquisition question
    13:Regulating co-ownership: the content question
    14:Co-ownership and third parties: applications for sale
    Part E: The Defences Question and Land Registration
    15:The priority triangle
    16:Registered land and priorities
    18:The registered title, rectification and indemnity
    Part F: Leases
    20:Regulating leases and protecting occupiers
    21:Leasehold covenants
    Part G: Neighbours and Neighbourhoods
    23:Freehold covenants
    24:Flat ownership: long leases and commonhold
    Part H: Security Interests
    25:Security interests in land
    26:Lender's rights and remedies
    27:Protection of borrower


"A first rate book, thorough treatment of the topics, stimulating and scholarly." - Rod Edmunds, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London

"An excellent in depth account." - Gwilym Owen, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University

"Very useful at all stages of study, from pre-reading, lecture revision, seminar reading, essay writing to exam preparation." - Dr Lu Xu, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University

"The authors offer the best balance between depth of coverage and ease of access. It encourages students to engage with the topics and provides them with a coherent structure and set of principles through which the subject can be understood." - Lorenzo Maniscalco, College Lecturer in Law, University of Cambridge

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by online resources including:
- Multiple-choice-questions with answers and feedback
- Guidance on answering the end-of-chapter questions in the book
- Web links to direct further research
- Additional online chapters on topics such as successive ownership and unregistered land

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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