Professor Warren Barr PFHEA

Dean of Birmingham Law School


From 1st September 2023, Warren took up the post of Dean of Birmingham Law School, after one year as the  Head of the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University.

Previously, at the University of Liverpool. he was the interim Dean at the School of Law and Social Justice (2021-22), Head of Department (Law) (2016 - 2021) and Student Experience Lead (APVC) for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Professor Warren Barr joined Liverpool Law School as a Lecturer in Property Law in September 1997, having completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Reading. He was named National Law Teacher of the Year 2006, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007. In 2014, his contribution to leadership in learning and teaching was recognised by membership as a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, applied for through the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition Award (ULTRA) scheme. He was appointed to a personal Chair in October 2014.

He is the Chair of the Modern Studies in Property Law Board, which guides the organisation of the conference and of the prestigous 'Modern Studies in Property Law' book series, published by Hart Bloomsbury on a biennial basis.


Charity Law, Trusts Law, Land Law, Social Housing

Qualifications, Appointments

Vice-Chair, Committe of Heads of University Law Schools (CHULS)

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

National Law Teacher of the Year 2006


Co-Author (with John Picton) Pearce & Stevens: Trusts and Equitable Obligations, Oxford University Press, 8th Edition, 2022

‘Property division on the breakdown of non-marital relationships’ in R Lamont (Ed) Family Law, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2022

'Social Housing – Charities and Vulnerable Groups' in J Picton & J Sigafoos (eds) Debates in Charity Law, Bloomsbury Press (Hart), May 2020

‘Shell Charities and Terrorist Financing: A Sledgehammer to Crack a Shell?’ (2018) 32 Trusts Law International 202

‘Repudiatory Breach of Leases – Hard Lessons for the “Contractualisation” of Leasehold Law’ in H Conway and R Hickey (Eds), Modern Studies in Property Law Volume 9. (Hart, 2017) 

Editor, Modern Studies in Property Law - Volume 8, (Hart , 2015)