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The Great Debate: Is the Law of Nuisance Fit for the 21st Century?

Date 21 October 2020 

Time:  5.30pm - 7.00pm

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Two of our academic members, James Lee, Reader of English Law at King’s College London and Dr Emma Lees, Reader in Environmental and Property Law at the University of Cambridge, go head to head with two barrister members, Edward Denehan and Giselle McGowan, to debate the law of nuisance.

Does it still have a role to play in the modern law?

Chaired by Mr Justice Fancourt

More about the speakers:

Emma Lees is a Reader in Environmental and Property Law, University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Fitzwilliam College. She is co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Property Law and a fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance. She is author of The Principles of Land Law (OUP). Her new book Environmental Adjudication is forthcoming with Hart Publishing (co-author Professor O W Pedersen).

James Lee is Reader in English Law and Vice-Dean (Education) at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and an Academic Member of the Property Litigation Association, the Chancery Bar Association and the Property Bar Association. He lectures on Tort law for the Judicial College of England & Wales. During his career, he has been a Visiting Professor in Contract Law at the Católica Global School of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (2016), and in Equity & Trusts at Hong Kong University (2018). James’ main research interests are in judicial reasoning, law reform and private law. With Jamie Glister, James is the co-editor of Hanbury & Martin: Modern Equity (22nd edition, forthcoming 2021).

Edward Denehan is a barrister and Head of Chambers at 9 Stone Buildings, Barristers’ Chambers. His practice is exclusively property based. He, together with Giselle McGowan, represented the successful landlords in the Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Fen Tigers Ltd (No.2) [2015] A.C. 106, and the less successful landowners in the Court of Appeal in Peires v. Bickerton Aerodromes Limited [2017] 1 W.L.R. 2865, both noise nuisance cases.

Giselle McGowan is a commercial chancery barrister at 9 Stone Buildings specialising in property, insolvency and indirect tax litigation. Her property practice includes real property, commercial and residential landlord and tenant, enfranchisement, forfeiture, construction of covenants, easements, boundaries, possession, mortgages, issues arising out of joint ownership of land and claims involving rectification of the Land Register (includin acting for the Chief Land Registrar). Giselle appeared as junior counsel for the successful respondent landlords in Coventry v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 46 in an appeal to the Supreme Court against a finding that the landlords were not liable for nuisance caused by their tenants.

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  • Start: 05:30 PM
  • End: 07:00 PM


21 October 2020


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