Portrait of Nick Piška

Nick Piška

Senior Lecturer in Law
Chief Examiner (UG stage 2)
Member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Critical Thought
Co-founder of the Equity & Trusts Research Network

About

Nick Piška is a Senior Lecturer in Law. His work focuses on the theory, history and politics of equity and trusts law, and critical theories of private law and legal history. In 2012 Nick co-founded the Equity & Trusts Research Network which aims to bring scholars together who challenge the established and dominant modes of thought and analysis in equity and trusts and instead encourage scholarship which emphasises the political, economic, cultural and ethical aspects of equity. The Network has hosted a number of workshops since its inception, resulting in two special issues of the journal Pólemos, on equity and the resources of critique, and a collection of essays entitled Critical Trusts Law to be published in 2019.

Nick has published in the field of trusts law, property law, legal history, and legal theory. Before joining Kent Law School, Nick taught at LSE (2005-2009) and worked as a research assistant in the Property, Family and Trust Law Team at the Law Commission (2006-2009).

Research interests

Nick’s research pursues a critical engagement with private law, particularly in the area of equity and trusts. He is currently undertaking a project on the fate of equity in modern law and society. The project considers a number of equity's contributions to the legal architecture of capitalism, including the transformation of the trust and equity’s governance structures, and forms part of a broader interest in the figure of the equitable subject and the ways in which equitable subjects are produced. Nick is particularly interested in the transformation of injunctive relief. The injunction has been described as ‘the quintessential equitable remedy’, considered as one relatively benign remedy amongst others, and yet it is increasingly associated with new and intensified techniques of governance and control.

Nick is also currently working on a collection (with Dr Hayley Gibson) of essays on critical trusts law, revisiting the work of Professor Roger Cotterrell, to be published in 2019 by Counter Press.

Teaching

Nick's teaching responsibilities span across Property, Land Law and Equity and Trusts at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Supervision

Nick is happy to supervise projects relating to his research interests. 

Publications

Article

  • Piska, N. (2017). Aristotle’s Pharmacy. Polemos: Journal of Law, Literature and Culture [Online] 11. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/pol-2017-0002.
    This essay draws on the works of Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler, particularly the concept of the pharmakon, to outline a pharmacological critique of the concept of equity in Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics and Rhetoric and the Equitable remedies of the former Court of Chancery which make up the architecture of financial capitalism.
  • Piska, N. (2017). Equity and the Resources of Critique: Part II. Polemos: Journal of Law, Literature and Culture [Online] 11. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1515/pol-2017-0001.
  • Piska, N. (2016). Equity and the Resources of Critique: Part I. Polemos: Journal of Law, Literature and Culture [Online] 10. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1515/pol-2016-0016.
  • Piska, N. (2015). Gifted Deposits and Indemnity Insurance: a Risk Assessment. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 79:133-147.
  • Piska, N. (2010). Ambulatory Trusts and the Family Home: Jones v Kernott. Trust Law International [Online] 24. Available at: https://doi.org/87.
  • Piska, N. (2009). Hopes, Expectations and Revocable Promises in Proprietary Estoppel. Modern Law Review 72:998.
  • Piska, N. (2009). Granting Capacity to the Fiction of Presumed Grant.” Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 73:349.
  • Piska, N. (2009). A Common Intention or a Rare Bird? Proprietary Interests, Personal Claims and Services Rendered by Lovers Post-Acquisition. Child and Family Law Quarterly 21:104.
  • Piska, N. (2008). Two recent reflections on the resulting trust. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 72:441.
  • Piska, N. (2008). Distinctions without a Difference? Explaining Stack v Dowden. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 72:451.
  • Piska, N. (2008). Intention, Fairness and the Presumption of Resulting Trust after Stack v Dowden. Modern Law Review 71:120.

Book section

  • Piska, N. (2018). Equity and Trusts. In: Great Debates in Law and Gender. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piska, N. (2012). Ramsden v Dyson. In: Mitchell, C. and Mitchell, P. eds. Landmark Cases in Equity. Hart Publishing. Available at: http://www.hartpub.co.uk/books/details.asp?isbn=9781849461542.
  • Piska, N. (2009). Constructive Trusts and Constructing Intention. In: Dixon, M. ed. Modern Studies in Property Law Volume 5. Hart.

Review

  • Piska, N. (2014). Brian Sloan, Informal Carers and Private Law. feminists@law [Online] 4:1. Available at: http://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/feministsatlaw/article/view/137.
    Review of Brian Sloan, Informal Carers and Private Law (Hart Publishing 2013).
  • Piska, N. (2013). Jurisdiction in Deleuze: The Expression and Representation of Law. Modern Law Review [Online] 76:184-187. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12009_3.
  • Piska, N. (2011). Towards an EU Directive on Protected Funds. Law Quarterly Review 126:648-651.
  • Piska, N. (2011). Radical Legal Theory Today, or How to Make Foucault and Law Disappear Completely. Feminist Legal Studies [Online] 19:251-263. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10691-011-9189-y.
  • Piska, N. (2010). Equity Stirring: The Story of Justice Beyond Law. Social and Legal Studies 19:264-267.
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