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The Principles of Land Law

Emma Lees

June 2020

ISBN: 9780198810995

656 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.99

The clearest exploration of land law principles, illuminated by logic.



The core principles of land law are articulated clearly in this new textbook, providing a framework through which students can gain a sophisticated understanding of the modern land law system.

  • Depicts the core principles which underpin the modern land law system to show how the concepts apply in practice
  • Includes detailed "Key Case" boxes which explain the logic and consequences behind different scenarios
  • Further analysis features instigate critical thinking and provide more depth to important topics
  • Provides a logical and detailed framework of relevant rules through which students can approach a sophisticated analysis of land law
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Emma Lees, Lecturer in Environmental and Property Law, University of Cambridge

Emma Lees is University Lecturer in Environmental and Property Law at the University of Cambridge, as well as Fellow and Director of Studies at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. She has been an academic consultant for the Law Commission on the on-going Land Registration project and is author of a number of books and papers concerned with property and environmental law.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction - principles and themes of land law
    2:Personal and property rights in land
    3:Registered and unregistered land
    4:Formalities and the creation of rights in land
    5:Land registration
    6:Adverse possession
    7:Implied trusts
    8:Proprietary estoppel
    9:Freehold estate
    12:Easements and profits
    13:Freehold covenants
    14:Estate contracts, options to purchase and rights of pre-emption
    17:Property law and human rights


"The book is groundbreaking and I believe fills an essential gap in the market in relation to land law books [...] it is likely to be listed on many reading lists as 'essential reading'." - Dr Gayatri Patel, Aston University

"I think this text finds a spot-on balance between clear and succinct definitions, and moments of deeper analyses." - Dr Alice Diver, Liverpool John Moores University

"It is well written and difficult concepts, rules, and decisions are clearly articulated without loss of complexity. The author's enthusiasm for the subject is evident throughout." - Dr David Seymour, City Law School

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
This edition is available for students and insitutions 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 online resources consist of bimonthly updates on recent law changes

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