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Textbook on Land Law

Eighteenth Edition

Judith-Anne MacKenzie and Aruna Nair

June 2020

ISBN: 9780198839828

688 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99

The only book on land law to include a running case study to illustrate how the law works in practice.



Trusted by students for 30 years, Textbook on Land Law gives a practical and innovative edge to modern land law. Perfectly pitched for students studying land law for the first time, the running case study will galvanize interest in the topics by allowing students to visualize and engage with the topics.

  • Features practical examples throughout to provide students with a frame of reference to put this often abstract subject into a clear context
  • Combines academic detail and accuracy with a direct and engaging writing style to give lucidity to complex areas
  • Examines core areas covered on land and property law courses, and has been consistently relied upon and refined over seventeen editions
  • Includes extracts and sample legal documents to demonstrate how land law works in the real world and end-of chapter further reading references to direct additional research
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • New diagrams and tables, and revised versions of existing diagrams, to provide visual aid to students' learning, which improves their understanding and retention of the material
  • Considers the proposals to amend the law relating to Commonhold, to be accompanied by further updates on the online resources when issued by the government
  • Extended commentary on the forfeiture of rights to land in cases of unlawful killing and murder
  • Examines the latest decision on the 'spurious' easement of fencing in Churston Golf Club Ltd v Haddock (2019)
  • Consideration of the Supreme Court conclusions in relation to easements for sporting and recreational rights in the 21st Century: Regency Villas Title Ltd v Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd (2019)
  • Neocleous v Reeves (2019), on whether a name added to an email automatically can constitute a signature for the purposes of concluding a contract that complied with s. 2(3) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989

About the Author(s)

Judith-Anne MacKenzie, Formerly a practising Barrister, member of the Government Legal Service and a Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Transport, and Aruna Nair, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford

Judith-Anne MacKenzie was, for 21 years, a practising barrister in the Civil Service working initially as Assistant Parliamentary Counsel (drafting legislation), and later as a Senior Civil Servant in the DTI, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Transport. Prior to that she was a legal academic and a barrister in private practice. She has now retired from practice but continues to work as an author. She is also Special Advisor to the Save Me Trust and a Senior Policy Advisor to the UK Centre for Animal Law. Dr Aruna Nair is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oxford. She has experience of teaching land and trusts law, and previously lectured at King's College London. Before holding teaching posts, Dr Nair was a Research Assistant working on property, family, and trusts law for the Law Commission.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Introduction
    1:Estates in land
    2:Interests in land
    Part II: The Freehold Estate
    3:Buying a house
    4:The contract
    5:Unregistered land
    6:Registered land
    7:Acquisition of an estate by adverse possession
    Part III: Legal Estates
    8:The freehold estate
    9:The leasehold estate
    10:Obligations of landlord and tenant
    11:Enforcement of leasehold covenants
    12:Remedies for breach of leasehold covenants
    Part IV: Trusts
    13:Express and implied trusts
    14:Trusts of land
    15:Settled Land Act settlements
    16:Perpetuities and accumulations
    18:Resulting and constructive trusts
    19:Proprietary estoppel
    Part V: Licences and Rights to the Family Home
    20:Licences and their enforcement
    21:Special rights in relation to the family home
    Part VI: Rights in Land
    22:Mortgages and charges
    23:Priorities in relation to mortgages and charges
    24:Easements and profits à prendre
    25:Freehold covenants
    Part VII: In Conclusion
    26:What is land?


"Accessible and nurturing, [this is] perhaps the best all-rounder textbook on land law available at present." - Dr Tim Sinnamon, Royal Holloway, University of London

"It is designed with a student's needs in mind. In depth relevant examples make it interesting." - Andrea Garvey, law student, Swansea University

"Well stated and clear. Great basis for further discussion and clarity of explanation." - Anne Street, Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, University of London

"It is excellent, provides students with a comprehensive review of the law, as well as giving them useful pointers in terms of reform." - Emily Allbon, Senior Lecturer, City, University of London

"The authors' writing style and clarity of exposition is a key strength. Utilization of a running case study works exceptionally well in helping students to relate abstract legal principles to practical 'real world' scenarios." - Sam Burton, Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The eighteenth 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
  • This textbook is also accompanied by online resources including self-test questions with instant feedback, guidance on approaching land law problems, as well as additional examination of topics such as leasehold covenants, perpetuities and accumulations, and undue influence and mortgages. There will also be updates on the legal developments of land law.

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