Meryl Thomas

Professor of Property Law; Research Seminars Coordinator

School of Law
0121 331 5547

Meryl Thomas is Professor of Property Law at Birmingham City University and Professeur Invitée at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (formerly Paris X), and Visiting Professor in Succession Law at the Institute of Law, Jersey.

Meryl was formerly a lecturer at Cardiff University and Visiting Professor at the University of Nantes. She is currently a member of the Academic Board of the Fellowship of Will Writers and Probate Practioners. She has published widely in the areas of succession, trusts and property law and is the Editor of  "A Practitioners Guide to Wills" (Wildey & Sons) which is in its 3rd edition and Blackstones Property Statutes (OUP) which is in its 18th edition.

Meryl's main specialist areas of interest include:

  • Private law including property law and comparative property law
  • History of European private property law
  • Property aspects of human rights law

Her current research includes work on comparative French and English law, including the absence of community of property in English law - a comparative study of Norman and Anglo-Norman law and also a comparative study of the proposed Jersey law on civil partnerships and Pacs in France. Meryl is a participant in the European Common Core Project (a project 'mapping' private law in Europe), focusing upon property protection. Other aspects of her research include succession and human rights law.

She has been involved in the quality control aspect of higher education, being a member of the QAA law panel. She has been an external examiner at a number of institutions, including, inter alia,  Sheffield University, Birmingham University, the College of Law and Nottingham University, and sat as an external member on the validation panel at a number of universities.

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