Professor Nick Hopkins Reappointed as Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law

Professor Nick Hopkins has been reappointed as Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law for a further five years, the Government has announced.

Originally appointed in 2015, Professor Hopkins will now serve until September 2025, leading on projects to ensure that the laws around vital issues such as surrogacy, leasehold and weddings are modern, effective and fair.

Sir Nicholas Green, Chair of the Law Commission said:

“I would like to congratulate Nick on his reappointment as a Law Commissioner. He has led teams which have already delivered reforms including in relation to charity law, family financial orders and land registration.  He and his teams are presently working on major recommendations for reforms in respect of leasehold land, surrogacy and weddings.”


Professor Nick Hopkins said:

“I am delighted to be reappointed for another five years at the Law Commission.

“I’ve greatly enjoyed my time here at the Commission and over the next five years will continue to work towards making recommendations to reform and simplify the law to impact positively on peoples’ everyday lives.”

Professor Nick Hopkins

Professor Hopkins is an academic of over twenty-five years standing, whose publishing portfolio includes co-authorship of two leading textbooks on land law for Oxford University Press. He is an honorary bencher of Middle Temple and an academic member of the Property Bar Association and the Property Litigation Association. He has led the Commission’s work across a range of property and family law projects including its work on Making a Will, Surrogacy, Weddings, leasehold enfranchisement, commonhold, and the Land Registration Act.

The appointment process

Re-appointments to the Law Commission are made by the Secretary of State for Justice and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. This re-appointment has been made in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Professor Hopkins has not declared any political activity.