Gwilym Owen

Gwilym Owen
Lecturer in Law
01248 38 3812

Gwilym has been a full-time lecturer in law at Bangor University since 2011, after thirty years in private practice. He specialises in Property Law, Equity and Trusts and Welsh legal history. He is the Examinations Officer for the Law School.

Gwilym is a graduate of Oxford University and trained with Penningtons in London. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1981, and as a Solicitor Advocate in 1997. He established the Bangor office of Gamlins in 2002 and remains a Consultant with the firm. During his career as a practising Solicitor he has been cited in the Legal 500.


Articles and Book Chapters

Owen JG, 'If at first you don’t succeed...' (2008) Property Law Journal no. 203, pp. 22-24.

Gwilym Owen and Osian Rees, 'Section 2(5) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989: A Misconceived Approach?' The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer [2011] 75 Conv. 495-506.

Chris Davies and Gwilym Owen, 'Customary Land Title in Australia and Wales', in Noel Cox and Thomas Glyn Watkin, eds., Canmlwyddiant, Cyfraith, a Chymreictod: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Dafydd Jenkins 1911-2012, Welsh Legal History Society, 11, Cardiff, 2013, 76-105.

Gwilym Owen, 'Another Lawyer Looks at Welsh Land Law' in Noel Cox and Thomas Glyn Watkin, eds., Canmlwyddiant, Cyfraith, a Chymreictod: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Dafydd Jenkins 1911-2012, Welsh Legal History Society, 11, Cardiff, 2013, 183-221.

Gwilym Owen, 'A New Paradigm for Overreaching - Some Inspiration from Down Under' The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer [2013] 77 Conv. 377, 377-394.

Huw Pryce and Gwilym Owen, 'Medieval Welsh Law and the Mid-Victorian Foreshore' The Journal of Legal History, 35 (2), 2014, 172-199.

Gwilym Owen, 'A New Model for Overreaching - Some Historical Inspiration' The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer [2015] 79 Conv. 226-239.


Gwilym is collaborating with Peter Foden in the publication of a volume of the Welsh Legal History Society concerning litigation in the mid-sixteenth century Chancery court relating to the Penrhyn entail. It is expected that the volume will be published in late 2016.

Research Interests

PhD Bangor University (forthcoming)

A new paradigm for overreaching of trusts in the Laws of England and Wales:

A major strategic priority for Bangor Law School is the undertaking of research into the practical difficulties faced by Societies when attempts are made to introduce external norms into domestic legal systems, ostensibly to bring about reform but often with unintended or unforeseen consequences. This work in relation to the interaction of legal systems of different national origin, includes the work of Gwilym Owen on land transactions in Wales (in relation to English Law and Australian Law). He contextualises the historical origins of land law doctrine within a modern commercial setting, generating proposals for reform in complex areas of judicial confusion, such as the ‘overreaching’ concept in property trusts. Some of the preliminary findings of his research have been published recently in the Conveyancer and Property Lawyer.

Teaching Experience

Gwilym is the module leader for the Commercial Law and Equity and Trusts modules. He also provides tutorials in the Land Law module through the medium of Welsh, and has taught Contract Law and Introduction to Law. His teaching experience has included:

  • Deployment of bespoke teaching methods in modules (e.g. a bespoke Statute book in the Commercial Law module);
  • Piloting ‘Virtual Lawyer’, a concept devised by Pearson Publishing, in the Equity and Trusts module;
  • Preparation of bespoke Land Law teaching materials based upon research which has been fed into teaching;
  • Design and implementation of workshop in the Land Law module at which academics and practitioners were present to discuss legal concepts by reference to actual deeds;
  • Acting as the Employability co-ordinator within the Law School, and organising an extensive work experience and internship programme;
  • Organising Law Fairs on behalf of the Law School (November 2013, 2014 and 2015).
  • Finalist in the national teaching awards 2014.
  • Designing a new legal history module to commence in September 2016.

Awards and Funding

Teaching Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education, Bangor University (2012).

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

To examine the interplay between English and Welsh land law by reference to manuscripts pertaining to the Penrhyn Estate - £1,500 (Summer 2013).

Welsh Government

To prepare report into the future of Legal Services in Wales (with Professor Dermot Cahill) (Summer 2013).

Bangor University

Awarded a University Teaching Fellowship (Summer 2013).

Conference Presentations

Legal Wales

Paper on the Welsh concept of cyfran on behalf of the Welsh Legal History Society in Cardiff (October 2011).

Welsh Legal History Society

Paper on the Victorian case of Attorney General v Jones to the Welsh Legal History Society in Cardiff (September 2012).

Irish Association of Law Teachers

Paper in Belfast on the legal history of the Griffiths of Penrhyn (November 2013).

Society of Legal Scholars

A New Model for Overreaching (Nottingham, 2014).

The British Legal History Conference

Aspects of the legal history of the Penrhyn entail 1526-1580 - A Family at War (Reading, 2015).

Modern Studies in Property Law Conference

To register or not to register? - That is the question (Belfast, 2016).


The Future of Legal Services in Wales (2013) with Professor Dermot Cahill on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. Bangor University.