Dr James Brown

Aston Law


I joined Aston University in September 2009. Prior to this I was Senior Lecturer in Property Law (University of Buckingham 2007-2009); Senior Lecturer in Property Law (London Metropolitan University 2002-2007); Senior Lecturer in Property Law (London, South Bank University 1992-2002) and Visiting Senior Lecturer in law at Thames and City of London Polytechnic(s) (1989-1991) and Exeter University (2014).

I practised at the Bar of England and Wales from 1990-2002, covering many areas of civil and criminal practice, specialising mainly however in the area of Property Law litigation.

I am Associate Editor of Trusts Law International Bloomsbury Professional Publication.

Position: Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3422
Email: j.p.brown1@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW 715

  • LLB (Hons) Anglia Ruskin University 1988 2:1
  • Barrister of Gray’s Inn (1989)
  • PhD (Property Law) (London Metropolitan University 2009)


  • Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School. (August 1, 2011 - Present)        
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer in Land Law, Exeter University. (2014)        
  • Lecturer, Aston Business School. (2009 - August 1, 2011)        
  • Senior Lecturer in Land Law, University of Buckingham. (2007 - 2009)        
  • Senior Lecturer, London Metropolitan University. (2002 - 2007)        
  • Senior Lecturer, London South Bank University. (1992 - 2002)        
  • Course Director, MSc. Property Law, London South Bank University. (1995 - 1998)
  • Property Law
  • Land Law
  • Housing Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law
  • General Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Property Law

  • Land Law

  • Housing Law

  • Equity and Trusts

  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law

I have experience of supervising PhD Law Students.

I am willing to supervise PhD students in any field of Property Law, Equity and Trusts, Landlord and Tenant law, English/domestic, international and/or comparative aspects.

  • Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Association of Law Teachers. 


Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Research Group Convenor, School. (2011 - Present)
  • Chair of Aston Law Assessments Scrutiny Committee.
  • Master of Moots

Missing Persons Group

In 2011, I was invited to attended a Parliamentary Meeting of the Cross-Parliamentary Missing Persons Group in late 2010 and the follow on Parliamentary Inquiry, at the House of Commons. This Inquiry was aimed at looking into the practical and legal implications of when people go missing. I was particularly keen to assist the Meeting and subsequent Inquiry insofar as it looked into the legal problems encountered when people go missing, in particular the legal implications for the missing person and their friends and family. The existing law relating to Missing Persons is not fit for purpose. This whole area is ripe for law reform and is currently before Parliament, gaining cross party support, where the existing law relating to the 7 year presumption of death and the issue of managing a missing persons legal affairs, in the short term, is being considered.