New Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law

Professor Nicholas Hopkins has been appointed Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law and will be joining the Commission on 1 October 2015 to lead on our projects examining charity law, marriage, family financial orders, wills and land registration.

Currently Professor of Law at the University of Reading, Professor Hopkins has been researching and teaching property law for over 20 years. He began his career in the early 1990s as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission. He held his first academic post, Lecturer in Law, at the University of Durham, before moving to the University of Southampton where he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and, finally, Professor of Law.

Professor Hopkins’ particular interest lies in the law as it applies to land and his publishing portfolio boasts a number of land and property related titles. He is co-author of the OUP’s leading land law textbook, Land Law: Text, Cases and Materials, case notes editor of The Conveyancer & Property Lawyer, and Chair of the editorial board of Modern Studies in Property Law. He has served as Convenor of the Property and Trusts Section of the Society of Legal Scholars and has twice received the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ award for Best Property Paper. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Welcoming Professor Hopkins, Chairman Sir David Bean said:

“I am delighted that Professor Hopkins is joining us at the Law Commission, and I look forward to working with him. Professor Hopkins has an impressive academic history, and his knowledge and understanding of land and property law will be of particular value to our work. It is a special pleasure for us to welcome back to the Commission an academic talent who began his law career here as one of our Research Assistants.”

Accepting the appointment, Professor Hopkins said:

“I am very pleased to be joining the Law Commission and am looking forward to driving forward the full and significant programme of work the Commission has across property, family and trust law.”