Graham Barnsley

Emeritus Professor
LLM (Manchester), previously Solicitor of the Supreme Court

David Graham Barnsley came as a Senior Lecturer in 1966 to the newly established Department of Law, with its 30 students and four staff, of whom he is the sole survivor. He held a Personal Chair from 1973 until retirement in 2001. He was Dean of the Faculty from 1976 to 1986 and was briefly Head of Department during 1977–1978. For several years during the 1970s and 80s he was Principal Moderator in land Law for the Law Society’s Part 1 examinations. His main teaching and research interests lay in the fields of Land Law and Conveyancing. His two major publications, Barnsley’s Conveyancing Law and Practice and Barnsley’s Land Options, continue to be consulted by legal practitioners, cited to and, on occasions, relied upon by the court in reaching its decision. In 1995 he married Anne Williams, a lecturer in the Department, and on retirement they settled first in Dorset, and more recently in Wells, Somerset.

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