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Land Law

Second Edition

Ben McFarlane, Nicholas Hopkins, and Sarah Nield

April 2020

ISBN: 9780198831877

496 pages

In Stock

Core Texts Series

Price: £34.99

Authoritative, analytical, concise.



Authoritative, analytical, and concise, McFarlane, Hopkins and Nield's Land Law provides succinct coverage on the core areas without sacrificing depth or detail. The authors' unique approach to land law arms students with the tools to apply an independent, critical thought process to the content covered in classes and assessments.

  • 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
  • The most succinct, high-level textbook available in this area, allowing students to focus on gaining a sophisticated and thorough understanding of the core elements
  • Depth and detail is presented in context, guiding students through the maze of abstract topics
  • Significant cases are emphasized in the text and are used to illustrate rules while diagrams clarify key points for visual learners
  • Further reading lists accompany each chapter to direct additional research, and end-of-chapter questions give students an opportunity to test their knowledge
  • Dovetails with the authors' more detailed Land Law: Text, Cases, and Materials textbook for those students wishing to take their understanding further

New to this edition

  • Coverage of recent case law on priorities and land registration, including Court of Appeal decisions in Baker v Craggs, Antoine v Barclays Bank UK, and Rashid v Nasrullah
  • Detailed discussion of the application of human rights in land law, including analysis of the Supreme Court's decision in R (Mott) v Environment Agency and of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (FJM v UK, Vzric v Croatia)
  • Synthesis of recent case law on the informal acquisition of interests in land, such as Marr v Collie, Habberfield v Habberfield, and Generator Developments v Lidl
  • Revised coverage of the law of easements, in light of the important decision of the Supreme Court in the key case Regency Villas
  • Discussion of actual and proposed legislative reform, such as the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and the Law Commission's proposals on land registration, leasehold home ownership, and commonhold

About the Author(s)

Ben McFarlane, Professor of English Law, University of Oxford, Nicholas Hopkins, Law Commissioner for England and Wales and Professor of Law, University of Reading, and Sarah Nield, Professor of Law, University of Southampton

Ben McFarlane is Professor of English Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He has published a number of articles on land law in leading journals and is the author of The Law of Proprietary Estoppel, (2nd edn, 2020) and The Structure of Property Law (2008). He is also a contributing author of Snell's Equity and co-author of Hayton and Mitchell: Text, Cases, and Materials on the Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies (14th edn, 2015).

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

    1:What is land law?
    2:Human rights
    3:Personal rights and property rights
    4:Registered title and the acquisition of legal estates
    5:The acquisition of equitable interests
    6:Trusts of land
    8:Mortgages and security interests in land
    10:Freehold covenants
    11:The defences question
    12:Concepts and contexts


"Exceptionally clear, structured presentation of issues. Strikes a good balance between description and analysis, painting a comprehensive picture of the debates. " - Dr Aruna Nair, Lecturer in Property Law, King's College London

"Encourages students to think at a sophisticated level but takes them gently by the hand so they can reach these heights comfortably. " - Dr Jane Bryan, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick

"Concise and precise. The book is fresh and brings a new approach to land law, exploring the elements in a clear and focused way, making it easy for students to grasp both the essential points and the importance of this subject area. " - Dr Thomas Dunk, Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
This edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • The text is also supported by online resources which include:
    * Web links to useful sites containing further information on chapter-specific topics
    * Self-test multiple-choice questions with instant feedback
    * Guidance on how to answer end of chapter questions
    * Updates on legal developments in land law

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