Academic Staff

Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony

Position in departmentExecutive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
Staff positionExecutive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
Emaillfox@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 874052
Fax+44 (0)1206 873894
RoomRm 2.602 Rab Butler bldg
Biography

Lorna Fox O’Mahony is Professor of Law at Essex Law School and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.  Lorna’s research applies policy-oriented, socio-legal and theoretical analyses to a range of property issues.  Her work has explored the role of cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research into home meanings for creditor possession actions; feminist perspectives on the meaning of home; social and moral aspects of legal regulation of unlawful occupation; the role of the legal concept of home in analysing law’s responses to the use of home equity by elderly homeowners and other financial transactions affecting the owned home; socio-legal perspectives on the exclusion of asylum seekers and failed asylum seekers from housing and home; and critical property theory.

Lorna’s work on the development of a legal concept of home is often cited as laying the foundations for new approaches to the idea of home in law, including giving content to rights to housing and home. She is author or editor of eight books, including, ‘Conceptualising Home: Theories, Laws and Policies’ (2006, Hart Publishing), which was awarded First Prize in the Society of Legal Scholars’ Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (2007), and short-listed for the Socio-Legal Studies Association Book Prize (2008). 
 
She has interned at the United States District Court, Los Angeles, USA; been a visiting scholar at Cornell Law School, Cornell University, USA; the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, UK; the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Western Australia; and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has been a consultant to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (UK); the Office of Law Reform (NI); and presented expert evidence on housing rights for inner-city tenants in Belfast (www.pprproject.org) and Dublin (www.canaction.ie). 
 
She is President Elect of the Association of Law, Property and Society (http://www.alps.syr.edu/); a Board member of Modern Studies in Property Law; serves on the editorial board of Journal of Consumer Policy (http://link.springer.com/journal/10603); and is a global affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition initiative (http://web.gs.emory.edu/vulnerability).  Lorna has served as a representative of JASB (the Joint Academic Standards Board of the Law Society for England and Wales and the Bar Standards Board), and was a member of the Law sub-panel for REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework).  She is Chair of the Creative Colchester Partnership Board and co-Chair of the South East Creative Economy Network.  Lorna is married to David and has two sons, born in 2009 and 2012. 
Qualifications

LLB (Hons), PhD, PGCHET, FHEA

Current research

Lorna’s current research includes work on a range of projects related to equity release and financial services regulation as well as research and writing on the criminalisation of squatting and on ‘property’s person’. 

Research interests

• Financial transactions and older people
• Socio-legal analyses of property law
• Legal concept of home
• Squatters and adverse possession
• Trusts of the family home
• Law and the emotions
• Creditor possession actions
• Property theory

Publications

Search my publications at http://repository.essex.ac.uk/

BOOKS

D Cowan, L Fox O’Mahony & N Cobb, Great Debates in Land Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
L Fox O’Mahony, D O’Mahony & R Hickey (eds), Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting: Vulnerable Demons? (Routledge, Glasshouse Monographs, 2014)
L Fox O’Mahony, Home Equity and Older Owners: Between Risk and Regulation (Hart Publishing, 2012), 389pp + xxi
D Cowan, L Fox O’Mahony & N Cobb, Great Debates in Property Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 242pp + xviii 
S Smith, M Elsinga, L Fox O’Mahony, SE Ong, S Wachter (eds) The International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home (Oxford: Elsevier, 2012), 3,862pp
Lorna Fox O’Mahony & James Sweeney (eds), The Idea of Home in Law: Displacement and Dispossession (Ashgate, Law, Property and Society series, 2011), 226pp
Mel Kenny, James Devenney & Lorna Fox O’Mahony (eds), Unconscionability in European Private Financial Transactions: Protecting the Vulnerable (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 420pp
Fox, Conceptualising Home: Theories, Laws and Policies (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2006) 551pp + xv  

ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS
L Overton & L Fox O’Mahony, ‘Understanding Attitudes to Paying for Care amongst Equity Release Consumers: citizenship, solidarity and the ‘hardworking homeowner’’ (2016) Journal of Social Policy, http://repository.essex.ac.uk/17177/
L Fox O’Mahony, C Twigg-Flesner, & F Akinbami, ‘Conceptualising the Consumer of Financial Services: A New Approach’, (2015) Journal of Consumer Policy, 7pp.
L Fox O’Mahony, C Twigg-Flesner & F Akinbami (eds), Special Issue,(2015) Journal of Consumer Policy: ‘Conceptualising the Consumer of Financial Services: A New Approach?’
L Fox O’Mahony & L Overton, ‘Releasing Housing Equity in Later Life: Markets, Consumers and the Role of the State’ (2015) Law in Context, Special Issue, Health, Wealth and Hearth: Perspectives on an Aging Australia
L Fox O'Mahony, 'Property Outsiders and the Hidden Politics of Doctrinalism' (2014) 62 Current Legal Problems 409-445; online at
http://clp.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/08/21/clp.cuu003.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=r6uL7O6vRw3g1ss
 
L Fox O'Mahony & L Overton, 'Financial Advice, Differentiated Consumers and the Regulation of Equity Release Transactions' (2014) 41 Journal of Law and Society 446-469; online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2014.00677.x/abstract
L Fox O'Mahony & L Overton, 'Asset-Based Welfare, Equity Release and the Meaning of the Owned Home' (2014) Housing Studies, online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02673037.2014.963523, http://repository.essex.ac.uk/12912/
L Fox O’Mahony, ‘Ageing, Difference and Discrimination: Property Transactions in the Crucible of Human Rights Norms’, (2013) Kings Law Journal 202-236
L Fox O’Mahony, ‘The Meaning of Home: From Theory to Practice’ (2013) 5 International Journal of Law in the Built Environment 156-171
L Fox O’Mahony, ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed: Land law reform in Northern Ireland’ (2011) 75 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 355-378
L Fox O’Mahony & J Sweeney, ‘The Exclusion of (Failed) Asylum Seekers from Housing and Home: Towards an Oppositional Discourse’ (2010) 37 Journal of Law and Society 285-314
L Fox O’Mahony & N Cobb, ‘Taxonomies of Squatting: Unlawful Occupation in a New Legal Order’, (2008) 71 Modern Law Review 878-911
L Fox, ‘Re-possessing ‘Home’: A re-analysis of Gender, Home Ownership and Debtor Default for Feminist Legal Theory’ (2008) 14 William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law 423-494
J Devenney, L Fox & M Kenny, ‘Standing surety in England and Wales: the sphinx of procedural protection’ [2008] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 394-416
L Fox & J Devenney, ‘Undue Influence, the Elderly and Equity Release Schemes’ (2008) Elder Law Review, 10,000 words
N Cobb and L Fox, ‘Living outside the system?  The (im)morality of urban squatting after the Land Registration Act 2002’ (2007) 27 Legal Studies 236-260
L Fox, ‘Creditors and the Concept of Family Home: A Functional Analysis’ (2005) 25 Legal Studies 201-229
L Fox, ‘Property Rights of Cohabitees: The Limits of Legislative Reform’ (2005) Irish Journal of Family Law 2-9
L Fox, ‘Trusts of the Family Home: The Impact of Oxley v Hiscock’ (2005) 56 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 83-104
L Fox, ‘The Idea of Home in Law’ (2005) Home Cultures 25-49
L Fox, ‘Reforming Family Property: Comparisons, Compromises and Common Dimensions’, (2003) 15 Child and Family Law Quarterly 1-20
L Fox, ‘The Meaning of Home: A Chimerical Concept or a Legal Challenge?’ (2002) 29 Journal of Law and Society 580-610
L Fox, ‘Family Homes, Conveyancing and Pre-Contract Inquiries: Pictures from these Islands’ (2002) 7 Conveyancing and Property Law Journal 6-16
L Fox, ‘Creditors and the Family Home: Three Perspectives on Family Property Policy’ (2002) 2 Irish Journal of Family Law 3-8 
L Fox, ‘Co-ownership of Matrimonial Property: Radical Proposals for Reform’ (2001) 52 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 20-53
L Fox, ‘Living in a policy state: from trust for sale to trust of land’ (2000) 22 Liverpool Law Review 59-88
L Fox, ‘Unilateral Demise by a Joint Tenant: does it effect a severance?’ (2000) 64 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 208-228
L Fox, ‘Implied Reservation of Easements: note on Peckham v Ellison’ (1999) 63 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 353-363
L Fox, ‘Receipt of rent and waiver of leasehold covenants: an equitable approach?’ (1999) 50 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 140-152
L Fox, ‘Co-owners, not co-owers: legislative and judicial policy in relation to Charging Orders and Co-ownership’ (1998) 29 Cambrian Law Review 9-21

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

L Fox O’Mahony, ‘The Politics of Lloyd’s Bank v Rosset’ in Landmark Cases on Property Law, S Douglas, R Hickey & E Waring (eds), (2015, Bloomsbury, Hart Imprint), pp179-199
L Fox O’Mahony, D O’Mahony & R Hickey, ‘Criminalising Squatting: Setting an Agenda’ in L Fox O’Mahony, D O’Mahony & R Hickey (eds), Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting: Vulnerable Demons? (2014, Routledge), pp1-10
D O’Mahony & L Fox O’Mahony, ‘Crime as property: a restorative perspective on the criminalisation of squatting and the ‘ownership’ of unlawful occupation’ in L Fox O’Mahony, D O’Mahony & R Hickey (eds), Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting: Vulnerable Demons? (2014, Routledge), pp38-63
L Fox O’Mahony, D O’Mahony & R Hickey, ‘Developing Critical Perspectives on the Criminalisation of Squatting’ in L Fox O’Mahony, D O’Mahony & R Hickey (eds), Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting: Vulnerable Demons? (2014, Routledge), pp225-237
L Fox O’Mahony, ‘Meanings of Home’, overview article in Smith et al, The International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home (Oxford: Elsevier, 2011), 8,000 words
L Fox O’Mahony & J Sweeney, ‘The Idea of Home in Law’ in L Fox O’Mahony & J Sweeney (eds), The Idea of Home in Law: Displacement and Dispossession (Ashgate: Law, Property and Society series, 2011), 1-11
J Sweeney & L Fox O’Mahony, ‘The Displacement and Dispossession of Asylum Seekers: Recalibrating the Legal Perspective’ in L Fox O’Mahony & J Sweeney (eds), The Idea of Home in Law: Displacement and Dispossession (Ashgate: Law, Property and Society series, 2011), 101-132
L Fox O’Mahony & J Sweeney, ‘Rethinking Responses to Displacement and Dispossession’ in L Fox O’Mahony & J Sweeney (eds), The Idea of Home in Law: Displacement and Dispossession (Ashgate: Law, Property and Society series, 2011), 211-226  
L Fox O’Mahony, ‘Eviction and the Public Interest: The Right to Respect for Home in English Law’ in M Diamond & RP Malloy (eds), The Public Nature of Private Property (Ashgate, 2010), 89-132
M Kenny, J Devenney & L Fox O’Mahony, ‘Conceptualising Unconscionability’ in Kenny, Devenney & Fox O’Mahony (eds), Unconscionability in European Private Financial Transactions: Protecting the Vulnerable (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 1-4

REPORTS

L Overton & L Fox O’Mahony, (2015) ‘Consumer Demand for Retirement Borrowing: A report prepared for the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ 48pp (CML, published on cml website at https://www.cml.org.uk/documents/research-report-on-consumer-demand-for-retirement-borrowing/research-report-on-consumer-demand-for-retirement-borrowing.pdf)
L Overton & L Fox O’Mahony, (2015) ‘The Future of the UK Equity Release Market: Consumer Insights and Stakeholder Perspectives’ (repository.essex.ac.uk/14012/1/A4_Equity_Release_Report_24613_WEB.pdf) 

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