Property II

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Neil Duxbury and Prof Charles Webb

Prof Duxbury is Course Convener in Michaelmas Term and Summer Term.

Prof Webb is Course Convener in Lent Term


This course is compulsory on the BA in Anthropology and Law. This course is available on the LLB in Laws. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available to General Course students.

Course content

Property II examines principles of Land Law and the Law of Trusts. Land Law is taught in the first term and Trusts in the second term.


The Land Law component of Property II is designed to introduce students to the principles of the law of real property (i.e., land).  The course examines estates and interests in land, legal and equitable ownership, title registration, and trusts of land (including constructive trusts). It also considers the law governing specific third party interests – licences, proprietary estoppel claims, easements, freehold covenants and mortgages.


The Trusts component of the course focuses on general principles of trusts law and examines the circumstances in which trusts arise, the obligations of trustees, and the remedies available to beneficiaries when these obligations are breached.  It also considers the nature and classification of trusts, including resulting and constructive trusts, and how the law of trusts relates to and impacts on the law of contract, wrongs and unjust enrichment.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 40 hours across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. This year some or all of this teaching will be delivered through recorded online lectures and a mix of both in-person and online classes to accommodate students who are unable to physically be on campus.  This course includes a reading week in Weeks 6 of Michaelmas Term and Lent Term.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to produce two formative essays per term.

Indicative reading

Advice on reading, including textbook recommendations, will be provided at the beginning of the first and second terms. An essay which students might profitably read before the commencement of the course is Peter Birks, ‘Before We Begin: Five Keys to Land Law’, in Land Law: Themes and Perspectives, ed. S. Bright & J. Dewar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 457-86.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Students are required to answer questions on both the Land Law and Trusts components of Property II.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2019/20: 187

Average class size 2019/20: 11

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills