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Land Law

Text, Cases and Materials

Fifth Edition

Ben McFarlane, Nicholas Hopkins, and Sarah Nield

August 2021

ISBN: 9780198868521

1,168 pages

In Stock

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £44.99

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
  • The authors' unique approach to land law helps students to understand how rules work in isolation as well as how they interlink, enabling them to think critically and with a high level of analysis
  • 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
  • Includes end-of-chapter questions and further reading suggestions to support independent study of the subject and to help students prepare for assessments
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • A full, comprehensive update to cases and other new developments is offered so that students have access to the most relevant information
  • New cases considered in this edition include decisions of the Supreme Court, such as Regency Villas v Diamond Resorts (on easements), R (on the application of Mott) v Environment Agency (on human rights), One Step (Support) Ltd v Morris-Garner (on damages for breach of restrictive covenants), Manchester Ship Canal Co Ltd v Vauxhall Motors Ltd (on licences), and of the Court of Appeal, such as Habberfield v Habberfield (on proprietary estoppel) and Dhillon v Barclays Bank (on rectification of the land register)
  • Significant proposals contained in recent Law Commission Reports (e.g. on land registration and on ownership of flats) are considered in detail
  • Revised headings and sub-headings offer clear signposting of the key land law themes, improving the navigability of the text for students

About the Author(s)

Ben McFarlane, Professor of English Law, University of Oxford, Nicholas Hopkins, Law Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law, Law Commission, and Sarah Nield, Professor of Property Law, University of Southampton

Ben McFarlane is Professor of English Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St John's College. He has published a widely on land law and is the author of The Law of Proprietary Estoppel (OUP 2nd edn 2020) and The Structure of Property Law (Hart, 2008). He is also a contributor to Snell'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 a member and former chair of the board of Modern Studies in Property Law, an academic member of the Property Bar Association, an honorary member of the Property Litigation Association and an honorary bencher of Middle Temple. 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: Licences
    Part C: The Acquisition Question
    8:Formal methods of acquisition: contracts, deeds, and registration
    9: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: Priority: The Defences Question and Land Registration
    15:The priority triangle
    16:Priorities in registered land
    17:Co-ownership and priorities: the defences question
    18:Reform of the land registration act 2002
    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


"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

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

Additional Resources

The fifth 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
_ _ A range of resources for this book are available online:
- Self-test questions with feedback
- Exclusive online chapters
- Guidance on answering end-of-chapter questions
- Links to further research and websites

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