Mr Michael Draper
Associate Professor
Legal Practice & Graduate Diploma Law
Telephone: (01792) 602258

Michael has broad range of commercial experience including commercial acquisitions and development, secured lending and securities and commercial landlord and tenant.
His published works including The Extent of Easements and Enforceability of Covenants have been published in the Solicitors Journal along with many other articles; his refereed works, TLATA 1996 appeared in the Liverpool Law Review and more recently Undue Influence in The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer.
Michael is a reviewer for The Law Teacher which is a fully-refereed journal concerned with the teaching of law and Issues affecting legal education at all academic levels.
Michael is engaged with University strategic aims in Teaching and the assessment of applications for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Michael has been nominated on more than one occasion for the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award (ELTA) at Swansea University and was awarded the ELTA in 2011.
He was subsequently nominated by Colleagues for the 2012 Law Teacher of the Year Award in association with UKCLE and OUP and was also nominated by students for ‘LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year’ 2012.
In 2013 nominated for the Swansea University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award but was ineligible for conferment having received the award in 2011.
In 2014 received the ELTA due to the strength of the nominations (He is one of only three members of staff with in the University to achieve this)and was nominated by the University for the Times Higher Education Innovative Teacher of the Year award.
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (He is one of only three members of staff with in the University to achieve this) and has now been nominated by Swansea University for a National Teaching Fellowship in 2015 following nomination for the THE Innovative Teacher of Year award
Nominated by students for ‘LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year’ 2015 and was runner up in the inaugral University Mary Williams award for supporting early career teachers.

Teaching

  • LA-367 Equity & Trusts for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar

    Conversion course for non law graduates to fulfil academic requirements of professional bodies and enable progression to those wishing to become solicitors or barristers.

  • LA-369A Coursework 1 & 2 for Graduate Diploma in Law

    Coursework 1: One piece of coursework to be completed in either Criminal, Land or Tort Coursework 2: One piece of coursework to be completed in either Contract, Public or Trusts

  • LAA201 Equity & Trusts 1

    This module examines the nature and development of equity and affords an overview of the key principles and doctrines of equity. The module focuses in particular on the trust which is equity¿s most important creation. It provides a sound basis for understanding the nature and types of trusts, the diverse contexts in which trusts arise, the principles governing their creation and enforcement, the beneficial interests operating behind the trust, the obligations imposed on trustees and the remedies available for breaches of trust.

  • LAA203 Land Law 2

    This module aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of the law of England and Wales relating to estates and interests in land and their creation and protection. Particular attention is paid to easements, mortgages and registration of title.

  • LAA204 Equity & Trusts1

    This module examines the nature and development of equity and affords an overview of the key principles and doctrines of equity. The module focuses in particular on the trust which is equity¿s most important creation. It provides a sound basis for understanding the nature and types of trusts, the diverse contexts in which trusts arise, the principles governing their creation and enforcement, the beneficial interests operating behind the trust, the obligations imposed on trustees and the remedies available for breaches of trust.

  • LAA206 Equity & Trusts 2

    This module examines the nature and development of equity and affords an overview of the key principles and doctrines of equity. The module focuses in particular on the application of the trust concept to modern life including charitable trsuts, resuting trusts and constructive trusts. It provides a sound basis for understanding the nature and types of these types of trust, the diverse contexts in which these trusts arise, the principles governing their creation and enforcement, the beneficial interests operating behind the trust, the obligations imposed on trustees and the remedies available for breaches of trust.

  • LAA209 Equity & Trusts 2

    This module examines the nature and development of equity and affords an overview of the key principles and doctrines of equity. The module focuses in particular on the application of the trust concept to modern life including resuting trusts and constructive trusts. It provides a sound basis for understanding the nature and types of these types of trust, the diverse contexts in which these trusts arise, the principles governing their creation and enforcement, the beneficial interests operating behind the trust, the obligations imposed on trustees and the remedies available for breaches of trust

  • LAA231 Land Law 2

    This module aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of the law of England and Wales relating to estates and interests in land and their creation and protection. Particular attention is paid to easements, freehold covenants, mortgages and registration of title.

  • LAA231C Cyfraith Tir 2

    This module aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of the law of England and Wales relating to estates and interests in land and their creation and protection. Particular attention is paid to easements, freehold covenants, mortgages and registration of title.

  • LAPM04 Property Law and Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable students to appreciate the nature of a Conveyancing transaction, to be able to identify and deal with the steps in that transaction and gain experience through practical exercises of conducting a property transaction through the appropriate stages from taking instructions to completion and post-completion matters. In the context of a sale residential property and purchase of a property with development potential students will learn to undertake the tasks relating to the sale and purchase of freehold property (in both registered and unregistered land). The module will then move onto consider using case studies particular issues that arise from the sale of part of land in a freehold title and the grant and assignment of a leasehold estate in land with reference being made to Commonhold tenure. Students are introduced to the fundamental principles of Property Law & Practice (`PLP¿) in 3 large group sessions (LGS) on the Foundation Course and a further 15 large group and 18 small group sessions (SGS) 54 class contact hours (18 weeks x 3 hours) are devoted to PLP which is taught in one LGS of 1 hour duration and 1 SGS of 2 hours duration in its normal pattern outside of the Foundation Course. The overriding objective of the PLP module is to build up knowledge and confidence in respect of property transactions so that upon completion of the module a student can conduct straightforward property transactions with the minimum of supervision. PLP small group sessions will be conducted on a transactional basis. Students in each small group are allocated to a team and each team acts on a sale of residential property and a purchase of property with development potential, from taking initial instructions through to post completion of the transactions. Students will be required to maintain separate transaction files for the sale and purchase including client account ledgers.

  • LAPM14 Business Leases

    The expression "business tenancy" is commonly used to refer to a tenancy of premises used for the purposes of a business. The premises may be a building, part of a building or even open land, used for example as a haulage depot. Business in this context however does not include agriculture, where a different set of rules and customs applies. In many ways the law relating to business tenancies is the same as for any other type of tenancy. It is however convenient to consider business tenancies as a module in their own right. One key distinction between business tenancies and other tenancies is that with a business tenancy the tenant normally has the right to apply to the county court for the grant of a new lease at the end of his term. The relationship between landlord and tenant is likely to subsist for a number of years. It is therefore an important one. The tenant will want to know where he stands and to know that the obligations which the lease imposes on him are reasonable. The landlord's interest is to make sure that his rental income is secure and that the value of his property is preserved. He will not want to see the premises deteriorate. However complex, every business lease will have to deal with a number of basic points and these include:- ¿ Identification of the parties, i.e. who is the landlord and who is the tenant. ¿ The amount of rent ¿ The lease must identify the tenant's repairing obligations. Is the tenant to repair the whole of the building or simply the interior? In buildings which are let out as parts, say floors of an office building or shops in a shopping centre, each tenant may maintain the interior of his own unit but the landlord may maintain the structure of the building but recharge the cost of so doing to the tenants through a service charge. ¿ The tenant's obligations to decorate the premises will be set out. ¿ Leases will normally state whether the tenant can alter the premises and if so whether the landlord's consent is needed for some or all types of alterations. ¿ The lease will normally restrict the purposes for which the property can be used. ¿ The lease will deal with who must insure the premises and whether, if the landlord insures, the tenant reimburses the landlord the cost. ¿ The lease must deal with rent review, the periodic review of the rent during the term of the lease, usually to market value with a dispute resolution procedure. ¿ Nearly every lease will allow the landlord to "forfeit" (that is cancel) the lease if the tenant fails to pay the rent or observe its obligations under the lease. In practical terms the operation of this type of covenant is subject to restrictions imposed by law. This module involves the running of transactional files based upon a two fact patterns. Students will act on the grant of a business lease of a warehouse on a small industrial estate and the grant of a business lease of offices forming part of a larger building. Both leases will be drafted following the taking of instructions and negotiated through to completion. The fact patterns will then used to consider registration and post completion matters, remedies in connection with a breach of covenant and security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II. This module builds on the final sessions of the core practice area of PLP in which the grant and assignment of a residential lease are considered. The basic principles of Landlord and Tenant Law introduced in those sessions are expanded upon and developed in this module.

  • LAQ304 Equity and Trusts 1

    This module examines the nature and development of equity and affords an overview of the key principles and doctrines of equity. The module focuses in particular on the trust which is equity¿s most important creation. It provides a sound basis for understanding the nature and types of trusts, the diverse contexts in which trusts arise, the principles governing their creation and enforcement, the beneficial interests operating behind the trust, the obligations imposed on trustees and the remedies available for breaches of trust.

  • LAQ309 Equity and Trusts 2

    This module examines the nature and development of equity and affords an overview of the key principles and doctrines of equity. The module focuses in particular on the application of the trust concept to modern life including resuting trusts and constructive trusts. It provides a sound basis for understanding the nature and types of these types of trust, the diverse contexts in which these trusts arise, the principles governing their creation and enforcement, the beneficial interests operating behind the trust, the obligations imposed on trustees and the remedies available for breaches of trust

  • LAQ331 Land Law 2

    This module aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of the law of England and Wales relating to estates and interests in land and their creation and protection. Particular attention is paid to easements, freehold covenants, mortgages and registration of title.

Supervision

  • Corporate Governance system in Nigeria and its impact on minority shareholders: the need for reform (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Pedro Telles
    Other supervisor: Mr Michael Draper

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Chair University Regulations and Student Cases Board 2015

    2015 - Present

  • Chair of the University Module Feedback Users Group - Swansea University

    2014 - Present

  • Director LLM Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting 2014

    2014 - Present

  • Chair Swansea Academy Inclusivity and Learner Success - Swansea University

    2014 - Present

  • College Lead Swansea Academy Inclusivity & Learner Support - College of Law

    2013 - Present

  • College Lead ICWS - College of Law

    2009 - Present

  • Associate Dean - Swansea University, Academic Board (PGT)

    2008 - 2015

  • Member of Senate/Elected Senate Representative to the University - Swansea University

    2008 - Present

  • Director of the Legal Practice Course - College of Law

    2004 - 2015

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2004 Present Director of the Legal Practice Course/Associate Professor Swansea University
1995 Present Senior Lecturer in Law Lancashire Law School

External Responsibilities

  • Director CAB Ltd, Central Applications Board

    2014 - Present

  • Director , Central Applications Board

    2014 - Present

  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    2013 - Present

  • Member Wales Committee, Law Society

    2012 - Present

  • Council Member, Central Applications Board

    2010 - Present

Research Groups

  • Hywel Dda Institute

    Member

  • Wales Observatory on Human Rights

    Member

Key Grants and Projects

  • Epigeum Project – University Success 2015 - 2017

    , with staff from across the University, Swansea University