Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
Southampton Law School
(023) 8059 3869

Professor Sarah Nield LLB Solicitor

Professor of Property Law

Professor Sarah Nield's photo

Professor Sarah Nield is Professor of Property Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton.

She studied at University College London before becoming a solicitor practising in London. Sarah then moved to Hong Kong for 12 years where she was in practise as solicitor prior to moving into academia at the University of Hong Kong. Since returning to the UK she has worked at the University Southampton with a brief spell at the University of Bristol. Her research interests lie primarily in the fields of property law and equity, as well as company and commercial law. She has published widely in her areas of interest – see publications. Sarah teaches Land Law and Company Law as part of the undergraduate programmes and offers an LLM options in Secured Transactions and Ship Finance.

Her current research work focuses on security interests in property, both to support residential and corporate lending. In relation to residential lending her work examines the regulation of mortgages secured on the home and their wider interface with the financial services sector and housing policy. In relation to corporate lending her work considers security for loan capital and its role in the insolvency process. She is a member of the Secured Transactions Project which is formulating reform proposals to this area. A further major strand of her current work examines the impact of human rights upon property principles primarily through Article 1 Protocol 1 and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Having worked and practised in Hong Kong, she is also interested in Hong Kong Land Law and comparative approaches to property. Sarah was born and brought up close to Southampton in the New Forest and now that she is back living in the New Forest, she has also researched into the regulation of common land and its role in conservation.


Research interests

Her research interests lie primarily in the fields of property law and equity, as well as company and commercial law. Having taught and practised in Hong Kong, she is interested in comparative approaches to property, particularly in common law jurisdictions. Her current work is concerned with mortgages and their regulation as well as the interface between property and human rights.

She is the co-author of Land Law Text, Cases and Materials (2009, 2012) and the sole author of Hong Kong Land Law (2000), The Conveyancing and Property Ordinance in the Annotated Laws of Hong Kong (2007) and Forest Law and the Verderers of the New Forest (2005).

She has presented work at many conferences in the UK and overseas including the Australasian Real Property Law Teachers’ Conference, SLS Annual Conference, ALPS Annual Conference, and the Modern Studies in Property Law Biennial Conference.

Research project(s)

Law, Environment and Ecology

Sort via:TypeorYear



Book Chapters

Professor Sarah Nield
Southampton Law School, Building 4 University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK

Room Number: 4/2001

Share this profile Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.