Losing homes in Land Law

16 April 2012


Professor Susan Bright visited the Auckland Law School in April. She is Professor of Land Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. She is also a qualified solicitor and a Lawyer Chair of the Residential Property Tribunal Service.

Professor Bright’s visit was funded by Bell Gully and the Legal Research Foundation. She gave a public lecture in the Law School on 4 April on the problem of incommensurability of values in actions to recover the possession of homes. She examined whether homes do, and should, matter in law. That is, when a home is being taken from someone, does the law enable weight to be attached to the importance of this home to this person? She discussed the question of how, if the law does allow a ‘personal home story’ to count, a judge should balance this against the rights of the owner or creditors or the wider public interest.