Dr Nicholas Roberts
Nick Roberts is currently on leave of absence until May 2020. This is to enable him to take up a fixed-term full-time appointment as a Lawyer with the Law Commission, working on the reform of Residential Leasehold law, and in particular the reinvigoration of Commonhold.
Until he took up this appointment Nick was School Director of Enterprise, and was involved in the development of Pro Bono projects as part of the School's engagement in Enterprise activities.
He has mainly taught Equity and Trusts, and Commercial Leases on the LLB programme, and Introduction to Property Law and Applied Property Law on the BSc Real Estate and Planning Programme. He has also taught on other modules, including LLB Company Law, and the company law elements of the Introduction to Business Law modules.
Areas of Interest
Property Law, with particular reference to Landlord and Tenant Law, Leasehold Reform and Commonhold.
Research groups / Centres
- Roberts, N. (2016) Arnold v. Britton: a ratio and two sets of obiter dicta. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 2016 (1). pp. 70-78. ISSN 0010-8200
- Roberts, N. (2016) When leaseholders are landlords: Edwards v Kumarasamy  UKSC 40;  3 W.L.R. 310. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 2016 (6). pp. 470-480. ISSN 0010-8200
- Roberts, N. (2015) Unnecessary complications. New Law Journal, 165 (7677). pp. 12-13. ISSN 0306-6479
- Roberts, N. (2013) Donationes mortis causa in a dematerialised world. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 2. pp. 113-128. ISSN 0010-8200
- Roberts, N. (2012) The Bruton tenancy: a matter of relativity. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 2012 (2). pp. 87-103. ISSN 0010-8200
- Roberts, N. (2011) A dish to savour? New Law Journal. pp. 1277-1278. ISSN 0306-6479
- Roberts, N. (2011) The historical background to the Marriage (Wales) Act 2010. Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 13 (1). pp. 39-56. ISSN 0956-618X doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0956618X10000785
- Butterworths Property Law Service (with Hullah, J., Smithers, T.M.D, Stevens, P.G. and Desmond, S.), (LexisNexis, London, 1989 - 2010) Ch 15 'Commonhold' (looseleaf - 2010 update)
-  Conv. 235-258 'Access to Quasi-Public Spaces - Whose Visitor?'
- Clarke on Commonhold (with Clarke, D., Crabb, L.), (Jordans, Bristol, 2004) (looseleaf - updated 2005, 2006)
- 'The "Widows and Orphans" of Leasehold Reform', Ch. 14 (pp. 267-283) in 'Modern Studies in Property Law (Vol 2)' ed. E Cooke (Hart, Oxford, 2003)
-  Conv. 380-397 'Service Charges, Daejan and Claims in Restitution'
-  Conv. 341-348 'Commonhold: a new property term - but no property in a term!'
-  N.L.J. 338-340 'Two Cheers for Commonhold?'
-  N.L.J. 887,889 'Two cheers for commonhold? - an update.'
-  Conv. 61-77 'The Leasehold Valuation Tribunals and Service Charges - Some Problems of Jurisdiction'
-  Conv. 387-395 'Beware of Loft Living'
-  Fam. Law 417-422 'Fitzpatrick v Sterling: A case with wider implications?'
-  Conv. 307-314 'Berrycroft Management revisited - or sidelined?'
-  E.H.R.L.R. 147-180 'The Law Lords and Human Rights: The Experience of the Privy Council in Interpreting Bills of Rights'
-  Fam. Law 351-353 'Property adjustment orders and negative equity'
-  Fam. Law 77-80 'Will Drafting and Property Ownership bearing in mind Cohabitees and Lesbian and Gay Couples'
Biennial Property Law Conference at Reading University (March 2006): "Access to quasi-public spaces: a (partial) answer from traditional land law?".
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London (March 2004): "What's different about lesbian and gay relationships?"
Biennial Property Law Conference at Reading University (March 2002): "The 'Widows and Orphans' of Leasehold Reform"
B.A. (Cambridge); LL.M. (Southampton); Ph.D. (Southampton); CTHE (Oxford Brookes); FHEA; Solicitor and Notary Public (non-practising).
Nick Roberts came to Reading Law School in 2009, having previously been a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University since 2001. Prior to that he had been in private practice as a solicitor and notary public. He retains a consultancy as Legal Adviser to the Federation of Private Residents' Associations Ltd, a federation of over 500 leaseholders' associations and residents' management companies.
His doctoral thesis, completed at Southampton University, compares commonhold tenure with the variant of leasehold tenure where the freehold is vested in and managed by a Residents' Management Company.