Land Law (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198854067

Elizabeth Cooke
304 ページ
138 x 216 mm
Clarendon Law Series

A clear and concise introduction to the land law of England and Wales written in the Clarendon style: as a letter to a friend, with a minimum of footnotes and statutory material. It explains the origins of land law in the feudal system, its transformation by the legislation of 1925, and the modern regime in which registration is the key to the validity and enforceability of interests in land. Elizabeth Cooke introduces the building blocks of land law, namely property rights in land, and explains how they have evolved by a mixture of design and accident. The book explores the unique role of the trust in English law, and the many complications that can arise where ownership of land is shared (whether concurrently or consecutively). Throughout the book the themes of management of complexity in land law, and the tension between dynamic and static security, are examined. The law of mortgages, leases, easements and covenants is explained. The third edition has been updated with important developments in land law, including recent decisions of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and reform proposals by the Law Commission. Written in an accessible style, this book is an essential read for all those coming to the subject for the first time.


1 What is Land Law?
2 Property Rights in Land
3 Land Law and Registration Today
4 Creating and Acquiring Interests in Land: Words and Intentions
5 Joint Ownership of Land
6 Mortgages
7 Leases, Licences, and Commonholds
8 Appurtenant Rights
9 Whatever Happened to Relativity of Title


Elizabeth Cooke qualified as a solicitor in 1998. She was a lecturer at the University of Reading from 1993, and a professor of law from 2003 onwards. From 2008 to 2015 she served as Law Commissioner for England and Wales with responsibility for property, family and trusts law. From 2015 to 2019 she was the Principal Judge of the Land Registration Division of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber); from June 2019 she has been a judge of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). She has been a Deputy High Court Judge since 2012.