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Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Designate) and Professor (R)
School of Law
Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony
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    +44 (0) 1206 874052/8296

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    2.602, Colchester Campus

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Biography

Lorna Fox O’Mahony is Professor of Law at Essex Law School and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Designate. Lorna is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her 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 laws 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 ten 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 of the Assocation 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

Research and professional activities

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

Current research

Lornas 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 propertys person.

Publications

Chapters (15)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2017). National and Provincial Building Society v Lynd and another. Editors: Enright, M., McCandless, J. and O'Donoghue, J., . Hart Publishing. 9781509908936

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2015). The Politics of Lloyd's Bank v Rosset. In: Landmark Cases in Property Law. Editors: Douglas, S., Hickey, R. and Waring, E., . Hart Publishing. 179- 200. 9781849466080

O'Mahony, D. and Fox O'Mahony, L., (2015). Crime as Property: a Restorative Perspective on the Criminalisation of squatting and the 'ownership' of unlawful occupation. In: Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting: Vulnerable Demons?. Editors: Fox O'Mahony, L., O'Mahony, D. and Hickey, R., . Routledge Cavendish. 38- 63

Fox O'Mahony, L. and O'Mahony, JD., (2015). Criminalising Squatting: Setting an Agenda. In: Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting: Vulnerable Demons?. Editors: Fox O'Mahony, L., O'Mahony, JD. and Hickey, R., . Routledge Cavendish

Fox O'Mahony, L., O'Mahony, D. and Hickey, R., (2014). Developing Critical Perspectives on the Criminalisation of Squatting. In: Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting: Vulnerable Demons?. Editors: Fox O'Mahony, L., O'Mahony, D. and Hickey, R., . Routledge Cavendish

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Sweeney, J., (2011). Rethinking responses to displacement and dispossession.. In: The idea of home in law : displacement and dispossession.. Editors: Fox O'Mahony, L. and Sweeney, J., . Ashgate. 211- 226. 9780754679479

Sweeney, J. and Fox O'Mahony, L., (2011). The displacement and dispossession of asylum seekers : recalibrating the legal perspective.. In: The idea of home in law : displacement and dispossession.. Editors: Sweeney, J. and Fox O'Mahony, L., . Ashgate. 101- 132. 9780754679479

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Sweeney, J., (2011). The idea of home in law : displacement and dispossession.. In: The idea of home in law : displacement and dispossession.. Editors: Fox O'Mahony, L. and Sweeney, J., . Ashgate. 1- 12. 9780754679479

Kenny, M., Devenney, J. and Fox O'Mahony, L., (2010). Introduction: Conceptualising unconscionability in Europe. In: Unconscionability in European private financial transactions : protecting the vulnerable.. Editors: Kenny, M., Devenney, J. and Fox O'Mahony, L., . Cambridge University Press. 9780521190534

Kenny, M., Devenney, J. and Fox O'Mahony, L., (2010). Conceptualising unconscionability in Europe : in the kaleidoscope of private and public law.. In: Unconscionability in European private financial transactions : protecting the vulnerable.. Editors: Kenny, M., Devenney, J. and Fox O'Mahony, L., . Cambridge University Press. 377- 399. 9780521190534

Fox O'Mahony, L., Devenney, J. and Kenny, M., (2010). England and Wales.. In: Regulating unfair banking practices in Europe : the case of personal suretyships.. Editors: Ciacchi, AC. and Weatherill, S., . Oxford University Press. 141- 178. 9780199594559

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2010). Eviction and the public interest : the right to respect for home in English law.. In: The public nature of private property.. Editors: Diamond, M. and Paul Malloy, R., . Ashgate Publishing. 89- 132. 9780754679516

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2009). Homeownership, debt and default : the affective value of home and the challenge of affordability.. In: Affordable housing and public/private partnerships.. Editors: Davidson, NM. and Paul Malloy, R., . Ashgate. 169- 205. 9780754677208

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Devenney, J., (2009). The elderly, their homes and the unconscionable bargain doctrine.. In: Modern studies in property law.. Editors: Dixon, M., . Hart Publishing. 265- 288. 9781841139609

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2008). Repossessing 'Home' : a re-analysis of gender, homeownership and debtor default for feminist legal theory.. In: Women and the law.. Thomson West. 423- 494

Journals (29)

Overton, L. and Fox O'Mahony, L., (2016). Understanding Attitudes to Paying for Care amongst Equity Release Consumers: citizenship, solidarity and the 'hardworking homeowner'. Journal of Social Policy

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Overton, L., (2015). Asset-Based Welfare, Equity Release and the Meaning of the Owned Home. Housing Studies. 30 (3)

Fox O'Mahony, L., Twigg-Flesner, C. and Akinbami, F., (2015). Conceptualizing the Consumer of Financial Services: a New Approach?. Journal of Consumer Policy. 38 (2)

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Overton, L., (2015). Releasing housing equity in later life: Markets, consumers and the role of the state. Law in Context. 33 (2)

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Overton, L., (2014). Financial Advice, Differentiated Consumers, and the Regulation of Equity-release Transactions. Journal of Law and Society. 41 (3)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2014). Property Outsiders and the Hidden Politics of Doctrinalism. Current Legal Problems. 67 (1)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2013). Ageing, Difference and Discrimination: Property Transactions in the Crucible of Human Rights Norms. King's Law Journal. 24 (2)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2013). The meaning of home: from theory to practice. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment. 5 (2)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2011). Something old, something new, something borrowed: land law reform in Northern Ireland. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer. 75 (5)

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Sweeney, J., (2010). The exclusion of (failed) asylum seekers from housing and home : towards an oppositional discourse.. Journal of law and society.. 37 (2)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2008). Re-possessing 'home' : a re-analysis of gender, home ownership and debtor default for feminist legal theory.. William & Mary journal of women and the law.. 14 (3)

Devenney, J., Fox O'Mahony, L. and Kenny, M., (2008). Standing surety in England and Wales : the sphinx of procedural protection.. Lloyd's maritime and commercial law quarterly.

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Cobb, N., (2008). Taxonomies of Squatting: Unlawful Occupation in a New Legal Order. Modern Law Review. 71 (6)

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Devenney, J., (2008). Undue influence, the elderly and equity release schemes.. Elder law review.

Cobb, N. and Fox O'Mahony, L., (2007). Living outside the system : the (im)morality of urban squatting after the Land Registration Act 2002.. Legal studies.. 27 (2)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2005). Creditors and the concept of 'family home' : a functional analysis.. Legal Studies. 25 (2)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2005). The idea of home in law.. Home cultures.. 2 (1)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2005). Property rights of cohabitees : the limits of legislative reform.. Irish journal of family law.

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2003). Reforming family property : comparisons, compromises and common dimensions.. Child and family law quarterly.. 15 (1)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2002). The meaning of home : a chimerical concept or a legal challenge.. Journal of Law and Society. 29 (4)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2002). Book review of 'Charity law in Northern Ireland' by K.O. Halloran and R. Cormacain, Dublin : RoundHall Sweet & Maxwell, 2001.. Northern Ireland legal quarterly.. 53

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2002). Creditors and the family home : three perspectives on family property policy.. Irish journal of family law.

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2002). Family homes, conveyancing and pre-contract inquiries : pictures from these islands.. Conveyancing and property law journal.. 7 (1)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2001). Co-ownership of matrimonial property : radical proposals for reform.. Northern Ireland legal quarterly.. 52

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2000). Living in a policy state : from trust for sale to trust of land.. Liverpool Law Review. 22 (1)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (1999). Implied reservation of easements.. Conveyancer and property lawyer.. 63

Fox O'Mahony, L., (1999). Receipt of rent and waiver of leasehold covenants : an equitable approach ?. Northern Ireland legal quarterly.. 50 (1)

Fox O'Mahony, L., (1998). Co-owners, not co-owners : legislative and judicial policy in relation to charging orders and co-ownership.. Cambrian law review.. 29 (1)

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Walsh, R., Land Law, Property Ideologies and the British-Irish relationship. Common Law World Review

Books (9)

Cowan, D., Fox O'Mahony, L. and Cobb, N., (2016).Great Debates in Land Law (Second edition). Palgrave Macmillan. 9781137481658

Fox O'Mahony, L., O'Mahony, JD. and Hickey, R., (2015).Moral Rhetoric and the Criminalisation of Squatting: Vulnerable Demons?. Routledge Cavendish

Smith, SJ., Elsinga, M., Eng, OS., Fox O'Mahony, L. and Wachter, S., (2012).International Encyclopaedia of Housing and Home. Elsevier. 978-0-08-047163-1

Cowan, D., Fox O'Mahony, L. and Cobb, N., (2012).Great Debates in Land Law.. Palgrave Macmillan. 9781137481658

Cowan, D., Fox O'Mahony, L. and Cobb, N., (2012).Great Debates in Property Law.. Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230278905

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2012).Home equity and ageing owners : between risk and regulation.. Hart Publishing. 9781849460071

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Sweeney, J., (2011).The idea of home in law : displacement and dispossession.. Ashgate. 9780754679479

Kenny, M., Devenney, J. and Fox O'Mahony, L., (2010).Unconscionability in European private financial transactions : protecting the vulnerable.. Cambridge University Press. 9780521190534

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2007).Conceptualising home : theories, laws and policies.. Hart Publishing. 9781841135793

Other (2)

Fox O'Mahony, L. and Overton, L., (2015).The Future of the UK Equity Release Market: Consumer Insights and Stakeholder Perspectives,University of Essex

Fox O'Mahony, L., (2012).The meanings of home.,Elsevier

Reports and Papers (1)

Overton, L. and Fox O'Mahony, L., (2015). Consumer Demand for Retirement Borrowing

Grants and funding

2015

Customer demand for retirement borrowing

The Council of Mortgage Lenders

2013

Mind the (Housing) Gap: Intergenerational justice and family welfare

Leverhulme Trust

Contact

lfox@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874052/8296

Location:

2.602, Colchester Campus