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Professor Nicholas Hopkins

Professor Nick Hopkins
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Professor of Law
Nick Hopkins



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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.

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Biographical details

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.

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