Susan Bright

Harvey McGregor Fellow; Tang Lecturer and Tutor in Law; Professor of Land Law


After studying law at Oxford University (BA, and BCL), Sue qualified as a commercial property solicitor in London. She later left practice to take up a lecturing post at Essex University, before returning to Oxford in 1992. She has been a Law Fellow at New College since 2004. Sue is also a Fellow of the South African Research Chair in Property Law.


Sue gives tutorials in two of the compulsory subjects in the law degree: contract law and land law. In addition, she does some introductory ‘skills’ work with new students. Within the Law Faculty, she lectures in the area of land law, and also participates in BCL courses: Regulation (where she runs a housing seminar), and Private Law and Human Rights (on property law dimensions).

Research Interests

Sue has written about various issues in land law, and on unfair contract terms, but the majority of her research is in the broad area of landlord and tenant law. The two main areas in which she is currently working are housing possession (looking at the process of possession, and decision making) and the environmental performance of commercial and residential leasehold property, and the development of innovative leasing practices. Further details on her research can be found at

Selected Publications

  • The evolution of greener leasing practices in Australia and England, paper presented at RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015 (with others)
  • Researching Property Law, 2015, edited collection (with S Blandy)
  • ‘Information, Advice and Representation in Housing Possession Cases’, 2014, available at (with L Whitehouse)
  • Building Communities: Reducing Energy Use in Tenanted Commercial Property (2012) 40 Building Research and Information 461 (with Colin Axon and others)
  • Improving environmental performance through innovative commercial leasing: An Australian case study (2012) 4 International Journal of Law in the Built Environment 6 (with Criag Roussac)
  • Evaluating Legal Models of Affordable Home Ownership in England in T. Turnipseed (ed), Community, Home and Identity (Routledge 2012) (with Nick Hopkins)
  • Home, Meaning and Identity: Learning from the English Model of Shared Ownership: (2011) 28 Housing, Theory and Society 377 (with Nick Hopkins)
  • Landlord and Tenant Law in Context, 2007, Hart Publishing (Book)
  • Manchester City Council v Pinnock in N. Gravells (ed), Landmark Cases in Land Law, (Hart 2013) 
  • Owning Part but Losing All: Using Human Rights to Protect Home Ownership in Nick Hopkins (ed), Modern Studies in Property Law, (Hart 2013) (with N. Hopkins and N. Macklam)