BA (Birmingham), MA. (Oxon), M.A. (Keele),, Solicitor (uncertified).

Mark grew up in Birmingham before studying law at Oxford.  After a year at the College of Law he joined a large commercial firm of solicitors back in Birmingham as an articled clerk.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1990, specializing in commercial property law.  In 1995 Mark left private practice, and since then has taught law part-time at Keele.  He also taught at Aston University for a number of years.

Mark has a reputation for taking an innovative and sometimes dramatic approach to his teaching. He has also been keen to explore and use electronic resources in teaching, both at Keele and more widely. Mark is responsible for the Land Law volume in Palgrave Macmillan’s Law Masters Series.

Mark was short listed for the Association of Law Teachers’ Law Teacher of the Year in 2006 and the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year in 2014.  He has received two received  Keele Individual Awards for Excellence.

Research and scholarship

Mark’s main teaching interests are in the land law of England and Wales.  He is happy to supervise dissertations in these areas.


  • LAW-00001 Introduction to Law (Foundation Level)
  • LAW-20036 Land Law 1
  • LAW-20037 Land Law 2
  • Undergraduate Dissertations' Coordinator

Mark is willing to supervise undergraduate dissertations on land law related topics.

Further information

Mark is an ordained minister in the Church of England. He is Non-Stipendiary Associate Minister of the parishes of Abbots Bromley, Blithfield, Colton, Colwich and Great Haywood. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



  • Mark Davys, Land Law (11th edn, Macmillan Law Masters, Red Globe 2019).
  • Mark Davys, Land Law (10th edn, Macmillan Law Masters, Palgrave 2017).
  • Mark Davys, Land Law (9th edn, Palgrave Law Masters, Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
  • Mark Davys, Land Law (8th edn, Palgrave Law Masters, Palgrave Macmillan 2013).
  • Joe Cursley and Mark Davys, Land Law (7th edn, Law Masters, Palgrave Macmillan 2011).
  • Joe Cursley, Kate Green, and Mark Davys Land Law. (6th edn, Law Masters, Palgrave Macmillan 2009).


  • Mark Davys, Stephen Bostock, and Julie Hulme, 'ConnuniCubes: Intermediate Technology for Interaction with Student Groups' in David Banks (ed) Audience response systems in higher education (Information Science Publishing 2006).

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