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Mr Chris Bevan, BA (Hons.)(Cantab.); MA (Cantab.); Barrister (Middle Temple), SFHEA, FRSA

Associate Professor in Property Law in the Durham Law School

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Chris Bevan joined Durham Law School as Associate Professor in Property Law in September 2019 after 6 years in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham. Prior to entering academia, Chris practised as a common law barrister specialising in matters of land, housing and family law. Chris graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2007 with degrees in both Modern Languages and Law and was awarded his MA (Cantab.) in 2012. Chris has experience as a Tutor on the BPTC (the barrister professional training course) and maintains strong connections with the world of legal practice. Chris is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; author of the acclaimed textbook, Land Law (2nd Edn published March 2020); won ‘Lecturer of the Year’ in 2017 and, in 2015, was awarded the prestigious Lord Dearing Award for outstanding, world-class contribution to enhancing the student experience. Chris is an invited member of the esteemed Academic Panel at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers, London and, in 2018, was nominated to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

Current Research

Chris’ research interests are situated on the intersection between land, housing and social welfare law. Chris has published widely on matters of domestic land law, social housing, housing legislation in its broadest sense and homelessness. Chris’ scholarship has appeared in leading law journals including The Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, The Cambridge Law Journal, The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer and Child and Family Law Quarterly.

Esteem Indicators

2018: Nominated to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts: engaging widely with the RSA’s global network of stakeholders in pursuit of improvements to society through ideas, research and action and the EDI agenda, in particular.

2018: Invited Fellow of Cambridge University Centre for Property Law

2018: Appointed Honorary Member of Chambers & Invited Member of Expert Academic Panel, Gray’s Inn Square Chambers: leading London set renowned in commercial, housing & property law

2017: Senior Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

2017: Winner, University Lecturer of the Year

2016: Shortlisted for Routledge/Association of Law Teachers Law with Technology Prize

2015: Awarded prestigious Lord Dearing Award for world-class contribution to the Higher Education and student experience.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Chris supervises postgraduate research students across land, property, housing and homelessness law broadly-construed: Master of Jurisprudence (MJur) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Chris is delighted to receive and explore research proposals from students wishing to pursue a research degree with him in any of these areas. Chris has, additionally, acted as examining chair and external examiner of PhDs and other research degrees at a diverse range of institutions and warmly welcomes invitations in this or similar roles.

Presentations & Conferences

In line with the University’s Strategy 2017-2027 and wider internationalisation agenda, and in order to enhance the international reach of my research and teaching practice, Chris is delighted to be invited regularly to deliver conference papers both domestically and overseas including:

European Network of Housing Research (Uppsala); Law & Society Association (Washington DC); Modern Studies in Property Law; Socio-Legal Studies Association; Association of Law, Property & Society; Increasing the Employment Prospects of UK Graduates Conference; E-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies Network (Toronto); International Conference on Education (Venice); The Future of Legal Education (London, Florence); Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association Conference 2017 (Paisley); International Conference on the Future of Education (Stockholm); Multidisciplinary Conference on Research and Education (Zurich); Society of Legal Scholars.

Responsibilities & Administrative Role

Chris is Director of Postgraduate Research for the Law School and makes use of this platform and his active engagement on Faculty PGR committees to advance and promote improvements to the PGR student experience, PGR well-being initiatives and generally contribute to the development of an outstanding and world-leading PGR research environment at Durham.

Chris also takes a leading role in the Law School in all matters employability-related; maintains close links with the legal profession and engages with law firms and barristers chambers to develop and promote innovative EDI initiatives and schemes designed to advance diversity and access to the Bar.


Chris has considerable experience as module convenor for the Land Law and Trusts Law modules and has lectured extensively on matters of property, housing and homelessness law. Chris is passionate about the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda and this informs all aspects of his teaching including mentoring junior colleagues, sharing best practice, spearheading new EDI initiatives, reviewing the diversity of curriculum materials, encouraging expression of diverse perspectives and being aware of the ‘hidden curriculum’ and of unconscious bias. In recognition of Chris’ contribution to teaching and his innovative, pedagogy and research-led reaching, in 2017, Chris won University Lecturer of the Year (across all faculties) and, in 2015, received the prestigious Lord Dearing Award for world-leading teaching excellence. In 2016, Chris completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) and, in 2017, became Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Chris deploys innovative approaches to teaching including using technology to enhance the student learning experience. In 2020, Chris devised, designed and delivered a first for the Law School, the Durham Employability & Legal Skills Award: an entirely online Award allowing students to test and hone their employability and graduate preparedness across 16 key capabilities. In 2020, Chris also launched his ‘Land Law Voices’ Project; a first of its kind: a catalogue of video recordings from expert land law scholars from across institutions coming together to offer diverse and fascinating perspectives on property law. The project is living, breathing and will be expanded over the coming months: In 2016 in recognition of his technology-led teaching ethos, Chris was shortlisted for the Routledge/Association of Law Teachers: Law with Technology Prize.

Research Groups

Durham Law School

  • Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

Research Interests

  • Homelessness Law and Policy
  • Housing Law and Policy
  • Land Law and Property
  • Trusts and Equity


Authored book

  • Bevan, Chris (2020). Land Law. Oxford University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Bevan, Chris (2015). Challenging Home as a Concept in Modern Property Law post-Stack and Kernott. In Modern Studies In Property Law Volume 8. Barr, Warren Hart.

Journal Article


Selected Grants

  • 2021: Research Impact Fund (RIF) £15,985 - 'The impact of Covid-19 on local authority homelessness provision'
  • 2018: Society of Legal Scholars Research Activity Fund: funding research visit to Uppsala University to collaborate with European Housing Network: £1000.
  • 2017: Education Partnership Fund: funding a series of high-level conference presentations and collaborations with innovative Higher Education institutions in Europe, the US and Canada: £6,000
  • 2017: Society of Legal Scholars Research Activity Fund: funding work into the impact of the Housing and Planning Act 2016: £600
  • 2016: Careers and Employability Service Employability Fund: funding a project entitled ‘Exploring Employability Initiatives for Students from Lower-Income Families’: £2,500.
  • 2016: Society of Legal Scholars Research Fund: funding involvement in Association for Law, Property & Society Conference 2016: £500