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Dr James Brown

 

Aston Law

lecturer

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 Lecturer in law at Thames and City of London Polytechnic(s) (1989-1991).

practiced 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.

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)

Academic

  • 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, 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
  • Land Law 
  • Housing Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law
  • General Landlord and Tenant Law 
  • Property 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. 
 

Books

  •  Pawlowski, M., Brown, J. (2005). Questions and Answers on Landlord and Tenant Law (Third Edition). Oxford University Press. 
  • Pawlowski, M., Brown, J. (2002). Undue Influence and the Family Home. Cavendish Legal Publishers.
  • Pawlowski, M., Brown, J. (2001). Questions and Answers on Landlord and Tenant Law (Second Edition). Blackstone's Legal Publishers.
  • Pawlowski M and Brown J, Casebook on Landlord and Tenant Law (Sweet and Maxwell 1995
  • Brown J, 'Chapter 1: The General Law' in J Driscoll (ed) Butterworth's Residential Landlord and Tenant Guide (1997)
  • Brown J, 'Waiver of Forfeiture' and 'Ending Fixed Term Leases Early' in Best of Mainly for Students: Estates Gazette Publications (1999)Pawlowski M and Brown J, Undue Influence and the Family Home (Cavendish Legal Publishers 2002)
  • Pawlowski M and Brown J, Law Questions & Answers: Landlord and Tenant Law 1st, 2nd and 3rd edn (OUP 2005-6)

Journal Articles

  •  Brown J, ‘English Commonhold: A Failed Experiment?’, Property Law Review, Thomson Reuters, Vol.1, (2014)
  •  Brown J and Pawlowski M Co-ownership and Severance after Stack’ , Trusts Law International (2013) Issue 2.
  •  Pawlowski M and Brown J.(2013)‘Co-Owners and Severance – Determining Beneficial Entitlement after Stack’, Trusts Law International  Vol.27 No.4
  • Pawlowski M and Brown J, ‘Tracing into Unauthorised Profits’ [2013] Property Law Journal

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J, ‘Joint Purchasers and the Presumption of Joint Beneficial Ownership – A Matter of Informed Choice?’ [2013] Trusts Law International

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J 'Orders for Sale The Creditor and the Family Home' (2012) 1 Family Law Journal

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J 'Orders for Sale The Creditor and the Family Home' (2012) 2 Family Law Journal

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M 'Missing People and their Property - The Case for Interim Administration' [2012] Family Law Journal

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J 'Problems with Mutual Wills: A Study of Probate Practice' (2012) 6 The Conveyancer

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J 'Testamentary Trusts and the Rule Against Capricious Purposes: An Underlying Rationale?' [2012] Trusts Law International

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M, ‘Abandonment of Leases’ [2011] Property Law Journal

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J, ‘Contracts for the Sale of Land and Personal Property: The Purchaser as Beneficial Owner’ (2011) 20 Nottingham Law Journal 38-48

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M, ‘Orthodoxy Confirmed – But at what Cost?’ [2011] Property Law Journal

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J ‘Joint Tenancies and English Commorientes: A Question of Survivorship or Severance?’ (2011) 1/2 Property Law Review

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J 'A Fresh Look at S.54(2) LPA 1925' [2011] L&T Review

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M ‘Rethinking S.54(2) Law of Property Act 1925’ [2010] The Conveyancer

  • Pawlowski M and Brown J, 'Mere Equities and Third Parties in Leasehold Law' [2010] L&T Review

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M, 'Surrender of Leases: Waving the White Flag' [2010] Property Law Journal

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M 'Part 1: Contractual Termination of Leases: Lessons from the Commonwealth’ (2009) 2 L&T Review

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M 'Part 2: Contractual Termination of Leases: Lessons from the Commonwealth’ (2009) 3 L&T Review

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M 'Part 3: Contractual Termination of Leases: Lessons from the Commonwealth’ (2009) 4 L&T Review

  • Brown J ‘What are we to do with Testamentary Trusts of Imperfect Obligation?’ (2007) 71 The Conveyancer

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M,  ‘Solutions for An Increasingly Common Conundrum’, Vol 8, Property Law Journal 25th September 2006

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M ‘Oral Contracts - Avoiding Formality’;  17 th  November 2006, Vol. 156, No 7249,  New Law Journal, 

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M, ‘Constituting Secret Trusts by Estoppel,  The Conveyancer, December 2004.

  • Brown, J and Pawlowski M Perpetuities Made Simple’ , Property Law Journal, Number 116, 15th September, 2003.

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M Perpetuities: Room for Improvement ; Property Law Journal, No.117.29th September 2003.

  • Brown J and Pawlowski MCondensation Dampness: Prejudicial to Health, Jo. Housing Law  Vol.5 Issue 2 March 2002.

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M Equivocal Writs and Waiver,   L and T Review 2002.

  • Brown J Questions and AnswersL and T Review 2001, June, 2001.

  • Brown J and Malcolm R.  Obtaining Possession  An Update, Property law Journal, 14th May 2001, No.70

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M Assured Tenancies: Contracting-Out ? 18th May 2001, Vol.145 No.19, p.448,  Solicitors Journal.

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M Tenancies at Will: Still A useful Device? Property Law Journal.16.4.2001, No.68, 

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M.  Peculiarities with Part-Assignment of Leases and Reversions Jo. RRLR No.1 2000, No. 1.

  • Brown  J and Pawlowski M  Tenancies by Estoppel and Estoppel-Based Tenancies 2000, Jo Rent Review and Lease Renewal, Part 4 Dec 2000,  LLP Publications.

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M.  Bruton: A New Species of Tenancy, L and T Review, Sweet and Maxwell, 2000 Vol.4 No.6.

  • Brown J  "Avoiding Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 by Default, 1999, Jo. of Rent Review and Lease Renewal, No.4,

  • Brown J and Duddridge, R. "Repetitious Writs: A Deficiency in S.17 Default Notice Procedure", 1999, Jo. of Rent Review and Lease Renewal, Part 1.

  • Pawlowski   M and Brown J "Forfeiture for Non-Payment of Rent: Equivocal Writs and Waiver, 1999, Jo. Of Rent Review and   Lease Renewal, No. 2.

  • Brown J and Duddridge R "Continuing the Discontinuous", 1997,  Vol. 18, No.2, p.130, Jo. of Rent Review and Lease Renewal.

  • Brown J and  Duddridge R,"Savva v.Houssein: A Step in the right direction?" 1997  L and T Review, Vol.1, p.70,            

  • Brown J "Enforceability of Leasehold Covenants and the Landlord and Tenan(Covenants) Act 1995", 1996, Vol. 16, No, 3, p. 14 Jo. of Rent Review and Lease Renewal.

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M  "Rights of Subrogation and Non-Payment of Rent", 1994, Vol.14, No.4 Jo. Of Rent Review and Lease Renewal.

  • Brown J The Avoidance of Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Jo.RRLR No.3 2000, Part II.

  • "Without Prejudice Communications" 1993, No. 1 Jo. of Rent Review and Lease Renewal, (RRLR) Brown J and Pawlowski M.

  • Brown J "Enforceability of Surety Covenants in Leases", 1993 No.2  Jo. of Rent Review and Lease Renewal

  • Brown J "Rent Review Evidence", Estates Gazette, 1992.

Casenotes

  • Doyle A and Brown J, (2012).Jones v Kernott: Which Road to Rome? Doyle, A. and Brown, J. Trusts Law International, Bloomsbury Professional Publications, Vol. 26, Issue 2. 

  • Brown J, Trustees of Beardsley Theobalds Retirement Scheme v Joshua Yardley [2011] EWHC 1380, 'Challenging the validity of Leasehold Guarantees: Undue Influence, Non-Est Factum and Formality Issues' [2012] The Conveyancer

  • Brown J, Wallbank v Price (2008), 'Interpreting D.I.Y Documents' :' Severance, Release, Certainty, Vesting and Undue Influence', The Conveyancer Vol. 72, Issue 4 (2008)

  • Brown J, (2008), The Conveyancer:  Graves v Graves (2007):A New Way of Terminating Leases? (CA) EWCA Civ 660. 

  • Brown J, Hanchett-Stamford v H.M Attorney General [2008] EWHC 330 (Ch), Denning Law Journal (2009), 107-118.

  • Brown J, Fitzkriston v Panayi (2008) CA, ‘Short Parol Leases’. Issue 1, Conveyancer (2009) March/April 2004, L and T Review, Hawkesbrook Leisure v Reece-Jones Partnership L and T, Review, Vol 8 Issue 2.

  • Brown J, Graves v Graves (2007): A New Way of Terminating Leases ? The Conveyancer (CA) EWCA Civ 660 (Jan/Feb 2008).

  • Brown J, March/April  (2004), Hawkesbrook Leisure v Reece-JonesPartnership L and T, Review, Vol 8 Issue 2. 

  • Brown J and Pawlowski M, Welsh v. Greenwich London Borough Council The Conveyancer [2001] Vol. 65 p.184 et seq.

  • Pawlowski, M and Brown J, Nynehead Developments v. Fibreboard [1999] The Conveyancer Vol. 63 p.149 et seq.

  • Pawlowski M and BrownRainbow Estates v. Tokenhold [1998] Pawlowski M and Brown J. Vol. 62 p. 495 et seq. 

Presentations Given

  •  Brown, J., Roundtable event, The Law Commission, London. (October 23, 2013)
  • Broderick, A., Lee, N., Brown, J., EMAC/ANZMAC Joint Research Symposium Proceedings, "On-line consumer networks: Creating organisational value through virtual communities," Malaysia. (December 2002) 

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.

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