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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

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 7 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 and housing legislation in its broadest sense. 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.

Teaching Areas

  • Land Law
  • Housing Law
  • Trusts

Research Interests

  • Land and Property Law
  • Housing Law
  • Trusts and Equity
  • Family Law

Selected Grants

  • 2018: Society of Legal Scholars Research Activity Fund: funding research visit to Uppsala University to collaborate with European Housing Network:£1000.
  • 2017: Society of Legal Scholars Research Activity Fund: funding work into the impact of the Housing and Planning Act 2016: £600
  • 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: £5,300
  • 2016: Careers and Employability Service Employability Fund: funding aproject entitled ‘Exploring Employability Initiatives for Students from Lower-Income Families’: £2,500.
  • 2016: Society of Legal ScholarsResearch Fund: funding involvement in Association for Law, Property & Society Conference 2016: £500



BEVAN, C., Land Law (Oxford: OUP, March 2018); 2nd Edn forthcoming, March 2020; 650 pages: sole-authored, innovative, Land Law textbook.

Journal Articles

BEVAN, C., 2019, ‘The Search for Common Intention: The Status of an Executed, Express Declaration of Trust post-Stackand Jones,’ The Law Quarterly Review 135(Oct), 660-681

BEVAN, C., and DARLINGTON E., 2019, ‘Challenging a TR1 Express Declaration of Trust: Setting the Record Straight.’ Family Law (April, 2019). 

BEVAN, C., 2019, ‘Opening Pandora’s box? Recreation pure and simple: easements in the Supreme Court,’ The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 83(1), 44-59.

BEVAN, C., 2018, ‘The Doctrine of Benefit and Burden: Reforming the Law of Covenants and the Numerus Clausus‘Problem’,’ The Cambridge Law Journal 77(1), 72-96.

BEVAN, C., and LAURIE, E., 2017, ‘The Housing and Planning Act 2016: Rewarding the Aspiration of Homeownership?’ The Modern Law Review, 80(4), 661-684.

BEVAN, C. and COWAN, D., 2016, ‘Uses of Macro Social Theory: A Social Housing Case Study,’ The Modern Law Review, 79(1), 76–101.

BEVAN, C., 2016, ‘Overriding and Over-extended? Actual Occupation: A Call To Orthodoxy,’ The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 2016(2), 104-117.

Bevan, C., 2015, ‘Challenging Home as a Concept in Modern Property Law post-Stackand Kernott’in W. Barr (ed.) Modern Studies In Property Law Vol. 8 (Hart Publishing, Oxford: 2015).

BEVAN, C., 2015, ‘The Damages Dog and its Horrible Bite: Statutory Damages for Unlawful Eviction,' The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 442-450.

BEVAN, C., 2014, ‘The Localism Act 2011: The Hollow Housing Law Revolution,’ The Modern Law Review, 77(6), 964-982.

BEVAN, C., 2013, ‘Interpreting Statutory Purpose – Lessons from Yemshaw v Hounslow London Borough Council,’ The Modern Law Review; 76(4), 742-756.

BEVAN, C., 2013, ‘Living ‘together’ apart: s.176 of the Housing Act 1996,’ The Conveyancer & Property Lawyer, 2013(4), 334-344.

BEVAN C., 2013, ‘Disclosure of Sexual Abuse in Private Family Proceedings: Reconciling the Irreconcilable?’ The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law; 35(3), 379-388.

BEVAN, C., 2013, ‘Self-Represented Litigants: The Overlooked and Unintended Consequence of Legal Aid Reform,’ The Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law; 35(1), 43-54.

BEVAN, C., 2013, ‘The Role of Intention in Non-marriage Cases post-Hudson v Leigh,’ Child and Family Law Quarterly, 25(1), 80-95.


I deliver conference papers regularly both domestically and internationally including:

European Housing Network (Uppsala); Law & Society Association (Washington); Modern Studies in Property LawSocio-Legal Studies AssociationAssociation of Law, Property & SocietyIncreasing the Employment Prospects of UK GraduatesE-Learning and Innovative PedagogiesNetwork (Toronto); International Conference on Education (Venice); The Future of Legal Education (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.

Research Interests

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


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