Professor Nicholas Hopkins
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Areas of Interest
Nick's research explores the law as it applies to land, adopting an holistic approach which views the interaction of land with a broad range of private and public law principles including land law, equity, unjust enrichment, social security, housing law and policy and human rights. His methodology combines traditional doctrinal analysis with theoretical and socio-legal approaches. Nick's current research focuses on the regulation of the home. He has a particular interest in the legal and policy implications of low cost home ownership schemes, including shared ownership and shared equity arrangements. Nick is co-author of OUP's Land Law: Text Cases and Materials (2nd ed, 2012) and editor of the 7th volume of the established biennial collection, Modern Studies in Property Law (Hart, 2013). In 2011 and 2012 he was the recipient of the 'best property paper' prize at the annual Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors COBRA conference.
Research groups / Centres
- Hopkins, N. and Laurie, E. (2015) Social citizenship, housing wealth and the cost of social care: is the Care Act 2014 'Fair'? Modern Law Review, 78 (1). pp. 112-139. ISSN 0026-7961 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12108
- Hopkins, N., ed. (2013) Modern studies in property law. Modern studies in property law, 7. Hart Publishing, Oxford and Portland, Oregon, pp502. ISBN 9781849463218
- Hopkins, N. (2013) City of London Building Society v Flegg (1987): homes as wealth. In: Gravells, N. (ed.) Landmark Cases in Land Law. Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 205-228. ISBN 9781849462570
- Bright, S., Hopkins, N. and Macklam, N. (2013) Owning part but losing all: using Human Rights to protect home ownership. In: Hopkins, N. (ed.) Modern Studies in Property Law. Volume 7. Modern Studies in Property Law. Hart Publishing, Oxford and Portland, Oregon, pp. 15-38. ISBN 9781849463218
- Nield, S. and Hopkins, N. (2012) Human rights and mortgage repossession: beyond property law using Article 8. Legal Studies: The Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, 33 (3). pp. 431-454. ISSN 1748-121X doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-121X.2012.00257.x
- Bright, S. and Hopkins, N. (2012) Evaluating legal models of affordable home ownership in England. In: Diamond, M. and Turnipseed, T. L. (eds.) Community, Home and Identity. Law, Property & Society. Ashgate Publishing Group, Aldershot, pp. 77-112. ISBN 9781409438540
- Hopkins, N. (2011) The relevance of context in property law: a case for judicial restraint? Legal Studies: The Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, 31 (2). pp. 175-198. ISSN 1748-121X doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-121X.2010.00186.x
- Bright, S. and Hopkins, N. (2010) Home, meaning and identity: learning from the English model of shared ownership. Housing, Theory and Society, 27 (1). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1403-6096 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/14036096.2010.527119
- Hopkins, N. (2010) Proprietary estoppel: a functional analysis. Journal of Equity, 4 (3). pp. 201-224. ISSN 1833-2137
- Hopkins, N. (2009) Regulating trusts of the home: private law and social policy. Law Quarterly Review, 125. pp. 310-337. ISSN 0023-933X
- McFarlane, B., Hopkins, N. and Nield, S. (2009) Land law: text, cases, and materials. Oxford University Press, pp1200. ISBN 9780199208210
- Bright, S. and Hopkins, N. (2009) Low cost home ownership: legal issues of the shared ownership lease. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer (4). pp. 337-349. ISSN 0010-8200
- Hopkins, N. and Laurie, E. (2009) The "value" of property rights in social security law. Journal of Social Security Law, 16 (4). pp. 180-206. ISSN 1354-7747
- Hopkins, N. and Laurie, E. (2006) Housing or property? The dynamics of housing policy and property principles in the right to buy. Legal Studies: The Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, 26 (1). pp. 65-87. ISSN 1748-121X doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-121X.2006.00002.x
- Hopkins, N. (2006) Conscience, discretion and the creation of property rights. Legal Studies: The Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, 26 (4). pp. 475-499. ISSN 1748-121X doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-121X.2006.00033.x
- Hopkins, N. (2004) Understanding unconscionability in proprietary estoppel. Journal of Contract Law, 20 (3). pp. 210-232. ISSN 1030-7230
Nick began his career as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission before being appointed Lecturer in Law at the University of Durham. He then moved to the University of Southampton where he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Law. Nick joined Reading University as Professor of Law in 2013.
Nick is case notes editor of The Conveyancer & Property Lawyer and a member of the Editorial Board of Modern Studies in Property Law. In 2013 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.