Society of Legal Scholars

Property and Trusts

The Property and Trusts subject section provides a forum for members interested in any aspect of property law or trusts to meet and to discuss ideas. The Section always meets at the annual conference and in some years has held additional meetings at other times of the year. The Section maintains regular contact with the Law Commission in connection with their projects, both through providing written responses to consultations and holding meetings with members of the Law Commission to discuss specific proposals.  Section meetings at the annual conference provide an informal and supportive environment in which to discuss current research in property and trust law.  It aims to be inclusive and contributions from any academic perspective, methodology or point of view are very welcome.  As previous programmes demonstrate, speakers typically come from all stages of their academic careers from professors to new researchers and early career academics.

Section Convenor

Simon Cooper


Further details on the Property and Trusts Section programme can be found on the Conference Website:

Response to the Law Commission’s Consultation paper No.227 – June 2016

Please click here for the Property & Trust Section’s recent response to the Law Commission ‘Updating the Land Registration Act 2002’ Consultation Paper No. 227.


SLS Property & Trusts Section: Call for Papers/Panels for 2018 SLS Annual Conference at Queen Mary University of London

This is a call for papers and panels for the Property & Trusts section of the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference to be held at Queen Mary University of London from Tuesday 4th September – Friday 7th September.  This year’s theme is ‘Law in Troubled Times’.

The Property & Trusts section will meet in the first half of the conference on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September 2018.

If you are also interested in delivering a paper or organising a panel, please submit your paper abstract or panel details by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 26th March.  All abstracts and panel details must be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts conference system which can be accessed using the following link –

– and following the instructions (select ‘Track’ for the relevant subject section). If you experience any issues in using Oxford Abstracts, please contact

I would welcome proposals for papers and panels on any issue relating to any area of law covered by the section, which includes succession law.

Those wishing to present a paper should submit a title and abstract of around 300 words, whilst those wishing to propose a panel should submit a document outlining the theme and rationale for the panel and the names of the proposed speakers (who must have agreed to participate) and their abstracts.  Sessions are 90 minutes in length and so we recommend panels of three to four speakers, though the conference organisers reserve the right to add speakers to panels in the interests of balance and diversity.

As the SLS is keen to ensure that as many members with good quality papers as possible are able to present, we discourage speakers from presenting more than one paper at the conference.  With this in mind, when you submit an abstract via Oxford Abstracts you will be asked to note if you are also responding to calls for papers or panels from other sections.

Please also note that the SLS offers a Best Paper Prize which can be awarded to academics at any stage of their career and which is open to those presenting papers individually or within a panel.  The Prize carries a £250 monetary award and the winning paper will, subject to the usual process of review and publisher’s conditions, appear in Legal Studies.  To be eligible:

  • speakers must be fully paid-up members of the SLS; Where a paper has more than one author, all authors eligible for membership of the Society under its rule 3 must be members. The decision as to eligibility of any co-authors will be taken by the Membership Secretary, whose decision will be final.
  • papers must not exceed 12,000 words including footnotes (as counted in Word);
  • papers must be uploaded to the paperbank by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 27th August; and
  • papers must not have been published previously or have been accepted or be under consideration for publication.
  • papers must have been accepted by a convenor in a subject section and an oral version of the paper must be presented at the Annual Conference.

I have also been asked to remind you that all speakers will need to book and pay to attend the conference and that they will need to register for the conference by the end of June in order to secure their place within the programme, though please do let me know if this is likely to pose any problems for you.  Booking information will be circulated in due course.

With best wishes,

Simon Cooper