Law Makers: Professor Elizabeth Cooke

Professor Elizabeth Cooke
Elizabeth Cooke qualified as a solicitor in 1988. After completing her Masters in Property Law at the University of Reading she joined the university's School of Law in 1992 as a Lecturer, and then went on to become a Reader in 2001 and a professor in 2003. Her areas of interest are property law, comparative law, land registration, estoppel, family law and succession.

Her book, The Modern Law of Estoppel, was joint winner in 2001 of the prize given by the Society of Public Teachers of Law for outstanding legal scholarship by a younger scholar. In September 2006 her book Land Law was published in the Clarendon Series of the Oxford University Press.

She was the Principal Investigator in a research project entitled "Community of Property: a regime for England and Wales", commencing in October 2004 and funded by the Nuffield Foundation. A report of the project's findings was published in November 2006.

She was seconded from January to June 2007 on a half-time basis to the Law Commission for England and Wales, assisting with the Commission's project on Cohabitation.

On the 3rd of July 2008 she was appointed a Law Commissioner, with responsibility for Property, Family and Trust Law. As such, she has been involved in the Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements project. The project commenced in October 2009, originally to examine the status and enforceability of marital property agreements. A consultation paper was published in January 2011. In February 2012 the scope of the project was extended to include two further issues of financial provision arising on divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership: the extent to which one spouse or civil partner should be required to meet the other's needs following divorce or dissolution and the issue of 'non-matrimonial property'. A supplementary consultation paper dealing with these issues was published in September 2012.

In October 2009 she was appointed a Recorder on the South-Eastern Circuit.