Dr Gwilym Owen
Senior Lecturer in Property Law, Equity and Trusts
Telephone: 01248 383812
I am joint module leader for Land Law and Equity and Trusts, and module leader for Roman Law and English Legal History. I teach through the medium of both English and Welsh.
I have an MA in jurisprudence from Oxford University (1978) and qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and as a solicitor advocate in 1997. I practised as a solicitor for thirty years before becoming a law lecturer at Bangor University in 2011.
I was awarded a PhD by publication in September in 2017 and appointed a senior lecturer in 2018.
I am the examinations officer for the law school.
I have organised the Law School's annual Law Fair since 2013.
I teach on the Land Law, Equity and Trusts, and Roman Law and English Legal History undergraduate modules.
I have supervised two PhD students to completion and I am currently supervising three other PhD students, along with one MRes student.
My research interests are in the fields of Land Law and Welsh Legal History.
My suggestions for the reform of the law of overreaching are being considered in a scoping paper as part of the Law Commission's thirteenth programme for law reform.
- The Act of Union 1536-43Owen, G & Cahill, D 2018, The Act of Union 1536-43: Not quite the end of the road for Welsh Law. in Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium. Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Harvard University Press.
- A Blend of English and Welsh law in late Medieval and Tudor WalesCahill, D & Owen, G 2017, 'A Blend of English and Welsh law in late Medieval and Tudor Wales: Innovation and Mimicry of Native Settlement Patterns in Wales' Irish Jurist, vol 58, pp. 153-183.
- The Acts of Union 1536-43Owen, G 2017, 'The Acts of Union 1536-43: Not quite the end of the road for Welsh Law' Paper presented at 37th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Cambridge, United States, 5/10/17 - 8/10/17, .
- Case Comment. Priorities and Registered Land during the Registration GapOwen, G 2017, 'Case Comment. Priorities and Registered Land during the Registration Gap: Baker v Craggs  EWHC 3250 (Ch)' Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, vol 2017, no. 3, pp. 230-241.
- Overreaching- Getting the Right BalanceCahill, D & Owen, J 2017, 'Overreaching- Getting the Right Balance' Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, vol 81, no. 1, pp. 26-44.
- A New Model for Overreaching: Some Historical InspirationOwen, G 2015, 'A New Model for Overreaching: Some Historical Inspiration' Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, vol 2015, no. 3, pp. 226-239.
- Medieval Welsh Law and the Mid-Victorian ForeshorePryce, H & Owen, G 2014, 'Medieval Welsh Law and the Mid-Victorian Foreshore' Journal of Legal History, vol 35, no. 2, pp. 172-199. DOI: 10.1080/01440365.2014.925179
- Another Lawyer looks at Welsh Land LawOwen, G 2013, Another Lawyer looks at Welsh Land Law. in N Cox & TG Watkin (eds), Canmlwyddiant, Cyfraith, a Chymreictod: A celebration of the life and work of Dafydd Jenkins 1911-2012. XI edn, The Welsh Legal History Society, pp. 183-221.
- Customary land title in Australia and WalesDavies, C & Owen, G 2013, Customary land title in Australia and Wales. in N Cox & TG Watkin (eds), Canmlwyddiant, Cyfraith, a Chymreictod: A celebration of the life and work of Dafydd Jenkins 1911-2012. vol. XI, The Welsh Legal History Society, pp. 76-105.
- A New Paradigm for Overreaching- Some Inspiration from Down UnderOwen, JG 2013, 'A New Paradigm for Overreaching- Some Inspiration from Down Under' Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, vol 77, pp. 377-394.
- Section 2(5) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989: a misconceived approach?Owen, G & Rees, OD 2011, 'Section 2(5) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989: a misconceived approach?' Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, vol 75, no. 6, pp. 495-506.
- "If at first you don't succeed....."Owen, G 2008, '"If at first you don't succeed....."' Property Law Journal, vol 203, pp. 22-24.
Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
Interpretation of legal documents by reference to documents relating to the Penrhyn Estate (£1,440).
Bangor University ESRC (IAA)
Opening the Vaults− a research project to make suggestions for an on-line toolkit to assist members of the public with archival research (£7,312).
I am a member of the following professional and learned societies:
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Society of Legal Scholars
- Committee member of the Welsh Legal History Society
- Member of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
- Legal Wales
I am a member of the following University Committees:
- Steering Committee for the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates
- Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies Sub Group
- Member of Senate
- Member of Senate Regulations and Special Cases Committee
- Member of Unfair Practice Committee
Ecclesiastical History Society Conference (Cambridge,2018)
Abstract has been accepted for conference paper to be given at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge in July 2018. I will be co-presenting this paper with Professor Rebecca Probert.
Harvard Celtic Colloquium (2017)
The Acts of Union 1536-43—Were they really the end of the road for Welsh Law?
Modern Studies in Property Law Publication Workshop (Cambridge,2017)
Dillwyn v Llewelyn: Was the case really all about proprietary estoppel?
Modern Studies in Property Law Conference (Queen's University Belfast,2016)
To register or not to register?—That is the question.
Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies (Porthmadog,2016)
Hen gyfreithiau â'r môr (Medieval Welsh Law and the Mid-Victorian Foreshore. Presentation made in Welsh.
The British Legal History Conference (Reading,2015)
Aspects of the legal history of the Penrhyn entail 1526-1580—A Family at War
Society of Legal Scholars (2014, 2015 and 2017)
A New Model for Overreaching (Nottingham,2014).
Aspects of the legal history of the Penrhyn entail 1526-1580—A Family at War (York,2015).
The Acts of Union 1536-43—Were they really the end of the road for Welsh Law (University College Dublin,2017).
Irish Association of Law Teachers (Belfast,2013)
Delivered paper on the legal history of the Griffith family of Penrhyn in Belfast.
Welsh Legal History Society (2012 and 2013)
Delivered paper on the Victorian case of Attorney General v Jones to the Welsh Legal History Socirty in Cardiff (2012).
Organised conference at Oriel Môn, Anglesey on "Water in the Laws of Wales" (2013).
Legal Wales (2011 and 2016)
Delivered paper on the Welsh concept of cyfran on behalf of the Welsh Legal History Society in Cardiff (2011)
Chaired and organsied session on Landlord and Tenant Law: The Renting Homes (Wales) Act—where to now? Divergence between English and Welsh Law in Bangor (2016)
Spoke in breakout session concerning the emerging Welsh law library in Bangor (2016)
I am currently the undersheriff of Gwynedd.
I was awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship in 2013.
I was a finalist in the LawCareer.Net Law Lecturer of the Year Award National Finals in 2014.
I was a finalist in the Bangor University student led Teacher of the Year Awards in 2018.