Land Law 7/e (Core Texts Series) Paperback – 15 Sep 2011
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Land Law is an excellent guide to real property law... a vital text for students. (Student Law Journal, February 2012)
Written in a coherent style, logically arranged with invaluable summaries at the start of each chapter. (Student Law Journal, February 2012)
The substantive text is also excellent with the authors referring the reader, where appropriate, to relevant statutes, cases and other parts of the text: this saves considerable time. (Student Law Journal, February 2012)
About the Author
Kevin Gray is Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge and a Professor of Law in the University of Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. Susan Francis Gray is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts, and a former Assistant Land Registrar at HM Land Registry.
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This book is simplified but with enough depth to cover it perfectly and it demonstrates case law and statutory authority very clearly. I read this a month before my exam and went up two grades as I suddenly understood everything.
This book is honestly one of the best law books I have ever read, and the chapters are so well structured that they even demonstrate to you how best to view that legal problems, which is very good for problems and essay questions.
If I were to start my course again I would but this book and read it before lectures as you can't get anything clearer.
Topics in this book are discussed without being introduced. There is no sense that there is a natural order that the contents follow. It appears haphazard, rather than following a line of inquiry. Particularly from a student's point of view, this makes it difficult to understand and apply what you learn from this book; structure is sorely missing. It will not help in answering essays or problem questions, the two methods of assessment the law society prefers.
Furthermore, concepts that are actually fairly simple are rendered impossible to understand due to the obscure language the authors decide to employ. Yes, law is a difficult subject, but that doesn't mean that the language needs to be so complex. At the end of each sentence you're not sure what the sentence has said, at the end of each chapter you're not sure exactly what you've learnt.
A minor point to note is that my copy came with pages 289-316 missing. I'm not entirely sure whether this is a blessing or a curse.
Overall, I would not recommend this for some who, like myself, is new to Land Law. It may well be a useful reference once you have learnt this area of law, however for students, it's simply too difficult to see the woods for the trees. Ironic, considering the cover picture.
(a) useful for getting a structure & overview to the topic you're trying to learn,
(b) packs in a lot of detail concisely and so is good for referencing,
(c) is focused and does not beat around the bush,
(d) this book will give you additional details/topics that aren't in the main text books (particularly if not using red Gray & Gray) - e.g. subrogation & some useful adverse possession details - such as that a tenant adversely possesses for the benefit of the landlord.
(e) this may be more advantageous to the red Gray & Gray as this is more up to date.
(a) May be too concise to learn from.
(b) Not sufficient to be solely relied on.
***In regard to many negative comments, this is not a text book that should solely be relied on in an undergraduate Land Law course.*** This is a core text and should be used accordingly. This book is, by itself, insufficient.
Nevertheless, due to the good things about the book that I have stated, i would recommend it as a great addition to a textbook.
If you are an expert on land law, then this is great, but if you have no idea about land law, then choose a different book!
Highly recommend for any law student and if there is a choice between this & Chapelle's - I'd recommend this a hundred times over!
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Very complicated book
As a law student I find it very confusing... In my opinion this is a book for people who are already familiar with the concept of Land Law and want to... Read more
Was recommended in my Module Handbooks for law, if I'm honest it's basically useless, very hard to understand.Published 18 months ago by Nikita
too complex, hard to understand the principles of land lawPublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book arrived on time as expected at an unbelievable low price in an extraordinary good condition, but the real bonus
was the clear explanatory text.
If you are a first year law student, then please avoid this book at all costs. It is beyond appalling, turning relatively easy to understand points into over complicated... Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Tom Meldrum
Not the best book to read for Land Law, very hard to understand. The text is not the best to digest by a novice.Published on 4 Nov. 2012 by Fairylights58