Academic profile



Professor of the Law of Real Property (land law); Director of the Cambridge Centre for Property Law; General Editor, The Conveyancer & Property Lawyer








Land law; landlord and tenant law; law of trusts





Research interests


All aspects of land law, including comparative studies, especially land registration; the informal creation of property rights, including trusts of land; aspects of international law involving territory.







Key publications: 

Megarry & Wade: The Law of Real Property (2019) (Sweet & Maxwell) 9th Edition

Ruoff & Roper: The Law of Registered Conveyancing (Sweet & Maxwell) (2021)

Modern Land Law (Routledge) 12th Edition (2021)

Textbook on International Law (2013) (OUP) 7th Edition

Stitching Together Modern Estoppel in Landmark Cases in Land Law Nigel Gravells (Ed), 2013 

Modern Studies in Property Law (Ed) 2005 (Hart Publishing)

Contemporary Perspectives on Property, Equity and Trusts (Ed) (OUP)

Title by registration or conquest: interpreting the Land Registration Act 2002 in England and Wales I.J.L.B.E. 2013, 5(3), 194-206

To sell or not to sell: that is the question: the irony of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (2011) 70 CLJ 579.

Equitable Co-ownership: Proprietary Rights in Name Only? in E Cooke (Ed), Modern Studies in Property Law Vol. 4

Proprietary and Non-Proprietary Rights in Modern Land Law pp 8 – 28 (Chapter 1) in Land Law: Issues, Debates, Policy, edited by Louise Tee, Willan Publishing (2002).

Proprietary Estoppel and Formalities in Land Law and the Land Registration Act 2002: A Theory of Unconscionability pp 165-182, (Chapter 9) in Modern Studies in Property Law, Vol. 2, edited by E Cooke, Hart Publishing (2003).


Confining and defining proprietary estoppel: the role of unconscionability (2010) 30 Legal Studies 408

Consenting Away Proprietary Rights pp. 181-201, (Chapter 11) in Modern Studies in Property Law, Vol. 1, edited by E Cooke, Hart Publishing (2001).

The Land Registration Act 2002: A Risk Assessment [2003] Conv. 136

Combating the mortgagee's right to possession: new hope for the mortgagor in chains (1998) 18 Legal Studies 279


Other publications: 


For recent publications see: 

Land Registration and Time Travel: reforming the land registry [2014] 78 Conv. 189

The Sound of Silence: Easements to make a noise [2014] 78 Conv. 79

A Not So Conclusive Title Register? [2013] 129 LQR 320

Reaching up for the box in the attic: mortgages and overreaching [2013] 77 Conv. 165





Current PhD students


Salma Duncan, Lauren Fullerton, David Sawtell, Laura Lintott, Joshu Majima, Artur Sokolowski, Mohamad El-Daouk




Recent PhD students


Kat Grimsley, Emma Lees, Callistus Mahama, Riddhi Dasgupta, Osvaldo Gomez-Martinez, Edward Ti








Land law, property, trusts law


Research Centres