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Land Law

Second Edition

Chris Bevan

April 2020

ISBN: 9780198840329

688 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99

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 clear, 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 or confuse readers
  • 90 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 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 ebook enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Analysis of fascinating new cases from the last 24 months including Baker v Craggs (2018) on overreaching; Regency Villas Title Ltd v Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd (2018) on recreational easements; Thorpe v Frank (2019); Rashid v Nasrullah (2019) on adverse possession and a coverage of the wealth of new estoppel decisions
  • Discussion of the Law Commission report No. 380, Updating the Land Registration Act 2002 (2018) and new legislation: Tenant Fees Act 2019 and Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018
  • New, separate and dedicated chapters on licences, proprietary estoppel and leasehold covenants to help students unpick and distinguish key topics and to align the text with undergraduate land law course design
  • Additional and improved figures and flowcharts to aid students' grasp and understanding of more complex material

About the Author(s)

Chris Bevan, Associate Professor in Property Law, Durham University

Chris Bevan is Associate Professor in Property Law at Durham University, having taught at the University of Notitngham and having practised as a common law barrister, specializing in housing and family law. He has also been a tutor on the Bar Professional Training Course and maintains strong links with the world of legal practice. Chris is passionate about developing and utilizing the latest pedagogy and teaching methods, and he has been short-listed for and awarded a number of teaching and innovation prizes, gaining a prestigious Lord Dearing Award in 2015 for outstanding achievement in enhancing the student learning experience and becoming a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.

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:Easements and profits
    11:Freehold covenants
    12:Leasehold covenants
    14:Land law and human rights


"Review from previous edition We've been waiting for a book like Bevan's for a while – one which balances depth with clarity." - Dr Michael John-Hopkins, Senior Lecturer in Law, Oxford Brookes University

"This is the best property law book I've read - it really whet my appetite for the subject. I found the diagrams unbelievably helpful (most textbooks don't have enough) and they really helped me to understand the law." - Steph Potter, LLB student, University of York

"What stands out about this book is the clarity and coherence of its explanations. It is fresh and easy to read, providing a clear and useful analysis of the law, integrating academic opinion, and making good use of diagrams to help students." - Dr Sean Thomas, Associate Professor in Law, Durham University

"This text is excellent at providing a good amount of detail without making the reader feel swamped with information. Its direct, engaging conversational style makes it perfect for LLB students." - Emily Allbon, Senior Lecturer in Law, City, University of London

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The second edition is supported by online resources and is available for students or institutions to buy in a variety of digital formats.

  • The ebook is enhanced with embedded self-assessment activities, additional learning tools to aid recall, and multi-media content including author videos, to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support. www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • These study tools that enhance the ebook, along with updates, a series of Lawyers Behind the Cases videos, and links to useful websites and further reading, are available as stand-alone online resources for use alongside the print book.

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