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Thompson's Modern Land Law 6th ed

ISBN13: 9780198722830
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780199641376
Published: August 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £32.99

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Doctrinal and critical, Thompson's Modern Land Law looks at the core areas of this subject area through a theoretical lens.

The authors excel at explaining difficult rules and concepts clearly but without oversimplification, guiding students around the common pitfalls in areas where there is typically misunderstanding or confusion. Straightforward accounts of the law are underpinned by insightful author commentary on areas of debate, exposing students to critical reasoning.

Examples of the context in which land law operates helps students to understand abstract topics and encourages them to appreciate the social importance of this subject.

New to this Edition:-

  • A major reworking and enlargement of the introductory chapter, to take into account theoretical debates on key concepts in land law, including 'property' and 'the right to exclude'
  • Substantially revised and updated coverage of registration of title, including discussion of the Law Commission's latest consultation on Updating the Land Registration Act 2002, as well as the decisions in Scott v. Southern Pacific Mortgages Ltd, Gold Harp Properties v. Macleod and Swift v. Chief Land Registrar
  • Completely restructured and rewritten chapter on adverse possession, to incorporate new developments in the law, including the criminalization of residential squatting and the Court of Appeal decision in Best v. Chief Land Registrar
  • Discussion of the continuing impact of human rights jurisprudence on modern land law, with particular emphasis on the Supreme Court judgments in Sims v Dacorum Borough Council and McDonald v. McDonald
  • Full treatment of the extensive new case-law and academic debate on the acquisition and quantification of an interest in the family home
  • Updated analysis of proprietary estoppel and the satisfaction of the equity, taking into account the decision in Davies v. Davies
  • Extended treatment of vitiating factors in respect of mortgages, with new critical thoughts on the reasoning in Barclays Bank plc v. O'Brien and Royal Bank of Scotland v. Etridge (No.2)
  • Analysis of new cases on easements, including Regency Villas Title Ltd v. Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd on recreational use, Winterburn v. Bennett on contenious use for an easement by prescription, and Wood v. Waddington on s.62 of the LPA 1925
  • Discussion of the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Fen Tigers Ltd on damages in lieu of enforcing an injunction to restrain breach of a restrictive covenant

Property Law
1: The scope of the subject
2: Tenure and estates
3: Law, equity and human rights
4: The 1925 legislation
5: Registration of title
6: The transfer of freehold land
7: Possessory titles
8: Consecutive and concurrent interests in land
9: Co-ownership 1: acquisition of interests in the home
10: Co-ownership 2: the legal framework of co-ownership
11: Leasehold estates
12: Mortgages
13: Easements
14: Covenants between freeholders
15: Licences and estoppel