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Warren Barr  PFHEA

Professor Warren Barr PFHEA

Head of School and Professor of Law

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I am Professor of Law and, from 1st September, will take up the post of Head of the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University from 1st September 2022.  Previously, at Liverpool University, I was the interim Dean at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, Head of Department (Law) and Student Experience Lead (APVC) for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

My research interests include charity law, social housing and property law, and has featured in two REF Impact Case Studies (as part of the Charity Law and Policy Unit (Liverpool Law School) submissions).  I  have published extensively and presented numerous conference and seminar papers on my areas of interest.

I am also the co-author of a leading textbook in Equity & Trusts law (with OUP), now published in the 8th edition (2022).  I am currently working on a new Land Law textbook for Cambridge Universty Press, due to be published in 2023.  I am also, when time permits, working on social housing and the impact of carbon neutral intiatives on charitable organisations that support social housing.

I have undertaken numerous student-facing roles over my career, including the Academic Lead for Student Experience in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences from August 2013 to August 2016.  I was a member of the TEF Business and Law Subject Level Pilot Group in 2017-18.  In 2014, my contribution to leadership in learning and teaching was recognised by membership as a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

I am currently the Vice-Chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools; Chair of the Modern Studies in Property Law Subject Board (which oversees the biannual MSPL conference), and a academic member of the Property Bar Association.

I was appointed to the Advisory Board reviewing the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement in Law, which is due to complete revisions towards the end of the calendar year 2022.


My research interests include charity law, social housing and property law.  My work has featured in two REF Impact Case Studies REF2014 & REF2021 (as part of the Charity Law and Policy Unit (Liverpool Law School) submissions). 

Charity Law

Particularly on issues relating to charities making effective use of property, and the interface between charity law and property law. I am interested in the relationships between charities, their property holdings, and the difficulties that arise in managing this relationship.

Social Housing

As a subset of charity law, with a particular interest in the role played by charities in provision and policy to the disadvantaged. I havepublished extensively on the involvement of charities in housing, particularly in relation to the mentally vulnerable, and have carried out empirical research into the experience of charities in this area.

Property Law

General issues, but particularly relating to the boundary lines between property and contractual concepts and landlord and tenant issues.

Research Affiliations

Over the course of my research career, I have worked closely with the Property and Trusts section of the Law Commission for England and Wales, members of the Charity Commission and various charities and their legal advisors.

I was the subject lead for the Property and Trusts section of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS, formerly the Society of Public Teachers of Law) from 2004 to 2006, with responsibility for organising the subject section of the annual conference and for responding to various consultation exercises on behalf of the society.

I am now the Chair of the Modern Studies in Property Law Editorial Board, which, alongside mentoringand support for researchers in property law, has oversight of the arrangements for the biannual conference of the same name.

I am an honorary member of the Charity Law and Pollicy Unit at the School of Law and Social Jusice, University of Liverpool; having been an active member since 1997 and past Director of the Unit.

I am also an inivted, academic member of the Property Bar Association. 


Teaching Experience and Interests

For example, I have has presented on the challenges of teaching land law, and on the changes made to delivery in Liverpool, at the Re-imaginging the Teaching of Land Law event. A copy of the report can be downloaded here: Re-imagining Property Law Report

I have been involved in Quality Assurance Visits of overseas partnership organisations in both the Cayman Islands and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in UK HEIs.

Teaching Policy

Key Publications


Previous External Examiner Roles

  • National University of Ireland (Galway), LLB (ended 2022)
  • University of Durham, LLB (ended 2021)
  • Queen's University Belfast, UK, LLB, LLM & Jurist (ended 2018)
  • University of Sussex, LLB & GDL (ended 2018)
  • University of Law, Equity & Trusts GDL ended 2018)
  • University of Glamorgan, LLB (ended 2010)
  • Anglia Polytechnic University, LLB & GDL (ended 2010)
  • Institute of Legal Executives, Para Legal Award (Level 6) (ended 2011)


I have had an interesting career trajectory, having spent most of my career to date (25 years) at the University of Liverpool.

I am now Head of the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff, having served most recently as Interim Dean of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool (which contains two departments, Law and Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology).  Before that, I served four years as Head of Department at Liverpool Law School, and it was a challenge and privilege to help steer colleagues through the eye of the C19 pandemic years.

Unconventionally, I came to being a line manager having undertaken a different leadership role, leading Education.  I was Student Experience Lead (now an APVC role) for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Liverpool University for over three years, following a period as Academic Standards and Quality Lead in the same Faculty.  This gave me insight into how other subject disciplines in the Arts and Humanities operate, and also a very clear sense of the whole Institution and the STEM subjects.  I was one of three Student Experience Leads (the other two from Science and Engineering and Health and Life Sciences), sitting on over 20 Univesity Committtes focussed on Educational Change.

Before that, I was involved in numerous leadership roles in Liverpool Law School, best explained by the roles I have not undertaken in my career - senior tutor (student welfare) and assessment officer.  I have always been a passionate and committed educator, and one of my most impactful roles was as Liverpool Law School's Director of Learning and Teaching 2006 - 2009.  

I marry my interest in teaching to a research career based around impactful research, as well as black letter scholarly analysis, in the areas of charity law, property law and social housing.

I have also, since 2000, been an active member of international recruitment, particularly in Malaysia, Singapore and China, both at UG and PGT level.  

I have undertaken various leadership courses and CPD during my career, including an external course in leading Education from AdvanceHE.

I have always tried to be engaged with wider HEI policy and within networks across the UK and beyond.  I am currently Vice Chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools and have recently completed work as part of a group revising the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Law. 

My ethos relates to team working and distributed leadership models - we do great things together.

Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

  • Higher Education Academy Executive Development Programme: Leading Learning & Teaching (February 2016)
  • Completed Certified University of Liverpool ‘Future Leaders’ Programme (endorsed by Institute of Leadership and Management) January 2012
  • National Law Teacher of the Year 2006
  • Recognition Award, University of Liverpool 2001-2002
  • Principal Investigator, Award Amount:  £41,806.00 (with overheads) ESRC Award No:  RES-000-222-0286 ‘Housing The Mentally Vulnerable – The Role of Charities’ (March 2003) Grade: Good. (with Professor Nicola Glover-Thomas, Professor Jean Warburton)

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Director, Liverpool Law Society (November 2019 – August 2022)
  • Vice Chair, Committee of Heads of University Law Schools (CHULS)
  • Academic Member, Property Bar Association (selected by invitation)
  • Chair of the Modern Studies in Property Law Board
  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE)
  • Charity Law Association Member
  • Society of Legal Scholars: I have been the Property & Trusts Subject Lead (2003-2006), responsible for organising the Property stream of the annual conference, as well as Council member for the University of Liverpool (2001 – 2006).
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association: including membership of organising committee for the annual conference at the University of Liverpool, 2005

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2021-2022       University of Liverpool            Interim Dean, School of Law & Social Justice                            
  • 2017-2021       University of Liverpool            Head of Department (Law)                                                         
  • 2014-2022       University of Liverpool            Professor of Law (Full Time)
  • 2007-2014       University of Liverpool            Senior Lecturer in Law (Full Time)
  • 1999-2007       University of Liverpool            Lecturer In Law (Full Time)
  • 1998-2006       University of Liverpool            Sub-Warden, Morton House, Carnatic Halls of Residence, Liveprool
  • 1997-1999       University of Liverpool            Full Time Lecturer in Property Law (3 Year Fixed Term)
  • 1997-1998       University of Liverpool            Hall Tutor, Rankin Hall, Carnatic Halls of Residence, Liverpool
  • 1995-1996       University of Reading              Part-Time Lecturer

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

  • Vice Chair, Committee of Heads of University Law Schools (CHULS)
  • Chair Editorial Board, Modern Studies in Property Law

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Social Housing Law
  • Property Law (particularly Landlord and Tenant issues)
  • Charity Law
  • Equity & Trusts (not restitution or remedies)