Land Law - LW599

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 15 (7.5) DR C Parsley


LW316 or LW5316 Foundations of Property. Only available to students following a Law programme of study (either single or joint honours).


Available only to Law students.



The focus of the module is private property in English land: title by registration; squatting; owner-occupation; leases; covenants and land development. It builds on the Foundations of Property module to develop an in-depth understanding of English land law, its conception of property and its politics and effects. And it gives experience in how to advise clients on land law problems – and on how to avoid problems for clients.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

10 hours seminars, 20 hours lecturing (live lectures augmented by online).

Method of assessment

50% Coursework, consisting of a problem question of 2000 words and 50% examination.

Indicative reading

A Minton – Ground Control (Penguin 2009)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principal concepts of land registration and of property rights in English land law, together with key cases and statutory provisions.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the particular conceptions of Property immanent in the concepts of English land law – possession-based title; title by registration; property as a right binding various categories of people outside of a contractual or other personal relationship.
3. Demonstrate a contextual and critical understanding of relevant issues, particularly the 'culture of registration' and title by registration; squatting; family property and housing finance issues.
4. Demonstrate problem-avoidance – an ability to recognise potential land law issues and use appropriate drafting and planning to avoid things going wrong for a hypothetical client.
5. Demonstrate problem-solving – an ability to recognise land law issues in a factual situation where things have gone wrong for a hypothetical client.
6. Demonstrate an ability to analyse English land law contextually and critically.
7. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of English private and public law. Consideration of English land law is building on concepts and issues about property introduced in Foundations of Property. Property rights are contrasted with contractual and other personal rights highlighted in Introduction to Obligations. Private rights over land are contrasted with public rights.

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