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Dr James Brown

 

Aston Law

lecturer

James came to Aston University in September 2009, having previously held posts as senior lecturer in property law at University of Buckingham, London Metropolitan University and London South Bank University. He practised at the Bar of England and Wales from 1990-2002, covering many areas of civil and criminal practice, but specialising mainly in property law litigation. His teaching interests lie in land law, equity and trusts, landlord and tenant law, housing law and commercial leases. He is Director of Legal Research, Director of Mooting at Aston Law and module leader for Land Law and Equity and Trusts.

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)
 

Editor

Trusts Law International, Bloomsbury Publications

External Examiner

  • BPP University College (Property Law)
  • Westminster University (Property Law)

Master of the Moot

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.

  • Land Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Housing Law
  • Commercial Leases

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
 

Books

  • 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)

Articles

  • 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

Casenotes

  • 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

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

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

  • 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, 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 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.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research