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Dr Mary Synge

Associate Professor


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Mary's principal research area is charity law and her publications include articles in the Cambridge Law Journal, Modern Law Review and Law Quarterly Review.  Her book, The 'New' Public Benefit Requirement: Making Sense of Charity Law? (Hart, 2015), examines the requirements for charitable status in law following the Charities Act 2006 and challenges the legal interpretations of the Charity Commission and Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery) in relation to fee-charging charities in particular.  It also offers a comparative study with the position in Scotland.  Mary was invited to address an international conference in Montreal (2015) and has also presented papers on her research at Edingburgh (SLS) and Cardiff (Law and Religion).

As a graduate of Exeter University (LLB, first class honours) and former Bracton Law Society president (1984-85), Mary was especially pleased to join the Law School staff in April 2016.  She leads the Law of Trusts module, a role she has previously undertaken at both Bristol University (where she completed a PhD in 2012) and Cardiff University.  She has also taught Land Law, Introduction to Law and Advanced Commercial Property (LPC) and was a Visiting Lecturer at Konstanz University, where she taught on the Law of Trusts and the Draft Common Frame of Reference (Book X).

Before pursuing an academic career, Mary practised as a commercial property solicitor for several years at Linklaters, London, and also worked as a freelance legal author, writing on several subjects including Land Law and Conveyancing, Civil Litigation and Company Law.  She has been an Examiner and Consultant in Law for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 2009 and is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and Charity Law Association.

Mary welcomes research students in land law, trusts and (in particular) charity law.

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