Bocardo SA v Star Energy UK Onshore Ltd

To what extent can it be said that the recent decisions in Bocardo SA v Star Energy UK Onshore Ltd [2010] UKSC 35 and in Spielplatz Ltd v Pearson [2015] EWCA Civ 804  show that the traditional common law definitions of land are still an appropriate way of determining what forms part of the land?


Additional Guidance:


You must include at least FOUR non text book sources.

Please refer to the guidance notes for further information.

The work must be fully referenced in the usual way complying with OSCOLA standards and containing a bibliography and a word count.


Word Limits


The word limit for this assignment is 2,500 words


Where the submission exceeds the stipulated word limit by more than 10%; the submission will only be marked up to and including the additional 10%. Anything over this will not be included in the final grade for the assessment item. Abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists, appendices and footnotes are excluded from any word limit requirements.


Where a submission is notably under the word limit, the full submission will be marked on the extent to which the requirements of the assessment brief have been met.


Assessment Learning Outcomes


The learning outcomes to be addressed through this assignment are:

a)       Define, explain and critically analyse the concepts and principles relating to land with particular reference to the acquisition, protection and transfer of estates and interests;

b)       Explain and critically comment on the operation of the registration of land.

c)       Research, interpret, analyse and apply complex legal source material;

d)       Give legal advice in a given fact situation and present an appropriately structured legal argument;

e)       Extrapolate and predict likely future developments from established legal sources.

f)       Construct a balanced and cogent argument;

g)       Identify and define complex problems in a given fact situation and apply the appropriate knowledge and skills to formulate a number of possible solutions.

h)       Communicate effectively in writing to a professional standard and operating to time constraints

Assessment Grading Criteria


Identify relevant material to the chosen topic

Use of appropriate source material

Reference to and evaluation of various opinions where appropriate

Use of logical argument.


Generic Grading Criteria for Level 6


You will find the generic grading criteria for achievement which underpins the specific assessment on the NILE site.



The generic grading criteria also explains the meaning of the various G grades at the bottom of the grading scale.

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