Publication of the week: Professor Judith Bray
7 March 2016
Judith Bray, Unlocking Land Law (5th ed., London: Routledge, 2016). 484 pp. ISBN: 978-1-138-91198-7.
Unlocking Land Law is part of the Unlocking the Law series of very popular textbooks previously published by Hodder and now published by Routledge. This edition has been extensively rewritten and updated to include discussion of recent changes and developments including the key issues arising from the decision of Swift v Chief Land Registrar and Scott v Southern Pacific Mortgages Ltd and the implications of these cases in registered land decisions. It also reviews the law on implied trusts post Stack v Dowden and Kernott v Jones and the recent case law on acquisition of rights in the family home and quantification of shares. The edition retains many of the most popular features of the previous books including sample essay questions at the end of each chapter and summaries throughout the book. Topic areas are broken down into sections with logical progression through key issues with extensive use of charts, diagrams and flow charts to reinforce the information in the body of the text. Students traditionally find Land Law a difficult subject to study and Unlocking Land Law introduces students to this subject in an interesting and accessible way.
Judith Bray is Professor of Law at the University of Buckingham. She teaches Land Law, Trusts and Family Law and she is author of Key Cases and Key Facts Land Law and Equity and Trusts also published by Routledge. She is also author of a Students’ Guide to Equity and Trusts published by Cambridge University Press. She is currently engaged in research into the Law of Treasure, the reform of Feudal Law and Manorial Rights and informal property rights in land.