Professor Ben McFarlane is looking for a maximum of 2 research assistants to help with research in property law and trusts. This includes assistance with: (i) the preparation of updates and new editions of a practitioner’s work (Snell’s Equity) and a text book (Land Law: Text, Cases and Materials); (ii) finalising submissions for articles and chapters (including ensuring compliance with publishers’ style requirements); and (iii) searching for articles and case-law on aspects of equity. 

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: 120

Maximum number of hours of work per week (or explain variable arrangements):

Start date: 9th July 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

Date by which the work must be completed: 30th September 2020


The Research Assistant will report to Ben McFarlane


  • A general understanding of the field of property law and of equity and trusts is essential

  • Good admin and IT skills are essential.

  • The work can be done in any place where you have access to a computer, an Internet connection, and University VPN access.


This position is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty and those who have recently completed an undergraduate or graduate taught course or research degree in the Law Faculty; where appropriate the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.  It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.

Rate of Pay

12 weeks or less (casual engagement): This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1)  plus holiday pay of £1.86 per hour worked (= total of £17.23/hour).


This position is funded by the Law Faculty’s start up grant and, where appropriate, the Higher Support Fund.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to ( by 5pm on 8th July 2020. Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability, indicating whether you wish to be considered for the full 120 hours, or for a part thereof.

 Supervisors may be asked for a reference.