Category Archives: studying law

Dragging Land Law into the 21st Century

Way back, I allowed myself to have a little blogger’s whinge about the plethora of Land Law textbooks that still harp on about those old Land Law maxims about legal rights binding the world and ‘Equity’s Darling’, even though they … Continue reading

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That’s precisely what I mean!

Let’s get something straight to start with – I’ve reached that age where I’m turning into a grumpy old bat. I appreciate good manners, hate mobile ‘phones (why is it that the people who feel the need to use them … Continue reading

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Death can be fatal…

Long time no blog! Things seem to have been very busy of late, but now we’ve got the New Year exam season out of the way, perhaps it’s time for a little reflection. In discussing the issues with a fellow … Continue reading

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Avoiding an Eric Morecambe…

As the Summer series of exams roll around again, it’s worth just reminding yourself to pay attention to the structure of your answer in the exams. I won’t go on at length (again) about the virtues of answering the question, … Continue reading

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Google Maps for Land Law

I’ve admitted before that there’s nothing I enjoy more than an excuse for a little trip to the seaside and a cup of tea at the Weston Seaquarium, where you can gaze out to sea in one direction and across Beach Road to Ellenborough Park on the other. It does wonders to refresh one’s enthusiasm for the joys of Land law! Continue reading

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Alliteration leads the way for learning in law?

From William Langland’s Piers Plowman to the sports pages of The Independent, and the glory of headlines like “Elwood excels as England are Engulged” (why can’t they show this one on ESPN Classic?) I’ve always enjoyed a good bit of alliteration. However, until now, I hadn’t really considered its possibility as a viable learning aid in the study of law. It appears I was wrong….. Continue reading

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Still harping on Hinks

Right now I should be doing my lecture notes on burglary (a wonderful subject, not least for the joys of Lord Edmund Davies’ description of the facts in R v Collins, available on www.bailii.org [1972] EWCA Crim 1) but, as usual, I’m struggling to get my mind past theft and, in particular, the case of Hinks… Continue reading

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Thinking of hiring a private tutor? Don’t leave it too late!

Lots of students feel that they need a bit of extra help with certain subjects, especially when the dreaded exams are looming, so they decide to find a personal tutor. This can be an excellent idea – if you find … Continue reading

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Preparing notes on Pedigree Chum…..

OK, I admit it, I’ve been ducking this moment for some time. Over the years I have become pathetically attached to the law of provocation. I’ve found the ins and outs of personal characteristics in relation to the second limb of the objective test fascinating, and I thoroughly enjoy teaching the subject. Not any more. Thanks to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, provocation is no more. We have a new partial defence of “loss of control” and I need to update my lecture materials to take this into account, like it or not. Continue reading

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Is this why everyone hates Land law?

Law tutor is having a bit of a difficult time at the moment, teaching Ilex level 6 Land law.  The Ilex level 6 courses are, in my opinion, considerably more challenging than some of the LLB courses I have known. … Continue reading

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