Land Law

Chris Bevan

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 its readers to a confident understanding of the subject.

With its lively, engaging writing style - in which the author's enthusiasm is always apparent - and distinctive way of speaking directly to students, anticipating their questions and areas of confusion, Bevan's book does not simply set out the law but actively teaches it. Clear explanations are complemented by frequent, carefully-crafted visual aids, conveying key concepts in ways that all students can understand, and topics are broken down into sections that are easy to digest and navigate.

This book maintains a critical emphasis and encourages students to consider and understand the law in context (both within society and their degree), not just in the abstract. 'Key case' boxes offer concise insights on leading cases that pique students' interest, spurring them to conduct their own reading of primary material, and although the book reflects on historical background in order to make sense of today's law, its overriding perspective is forward-looking, epitomised in the 'Future directions' conclusions for each chapter which consider future implications and likely reforms.

Balancing brevity with detail and rigour with accessibility, Land Law is a truly modern textbook that supports and motivates its readers, allowing them to reap the rewards an understanding of this complex but fascinating subject will bring.


1 Introduction to land law; 2 Principles of registered land; 3 Unregistered land; 4 Adverse possession; 5 Co-ownership; 6 Interests in the family home; 7 Licences and proprietary estoppel; 8 Leases; 9 The law of easements and profits; 10 Covenants in freehold land; 11 The law of mortgages; 12 Land law and human rights


Chris Bevan was educated at the University of Cambridge and is Assistant Professor in Property Law at the University of Nottingham, having previously 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 legal practice world, including in his capacity as Director of External Relations for the School of Law. Chris is passionate about developing and utilising 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.