School of Law and Politics

Dr Lisa Whitehouse



Lisa Whitehouse, Law School


Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 5853
Office: 430 Wilberforce
Qualifications LLB, PhD(Hull)


Lisa Whitehouse graduated from Hull in 1993 with a First Class Honours Degree in Law and completed her Ph.D. examining the law of mortgage in 1999.

Dr Lisa Whitehouse, in collaboration with Professor Susan Bright at Oxford University, has secured funding from the John Fell OUP Research Fund, the University of Oxford Research Support Fund and the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account for a project on housing possession cases.

Selected Publications

Chapters in edited collections

  • Bright S and Whitehouse L, ‘The Opportunities and Challenges of Empirical Work: Housing Possession in Theory and Practice’ in Akkermans B, Ramaekers E and Marais E (eds), Property Law Perspective II (Intersentia 2013) 63
  • Whitehouse L, ‘The Malleability of the Law of Mortgage’ in Twigg-Flesner C and Villalta-Puig G (eds), The Boundaries of Commercial and Trade Law (Sellier 2011) 51
  • Whitehouse L, ‘A Longitudinal Analysis of the Mortgage Repossession Process 1995-2010: Stability, Regulation and Reform’ in Bright S (ed), Modern Studies in Property Law, vol 6 (Hart Publishing 2011) 151

Articles in refereed journals

  • Whitehouse L, ‘The First Legal Mortgagor: A Consumer Without Adequate Protection?’ [March 2015] Journal of Consumer Policy. DOI: 10.1007/s10603-015-9284-6
  • Bright S and Whitehouse L, ‘Empirical Research Methods in Property Law’ (2014) 3 Property Law Review 176
  • Whitehouse L, ‘Making The Case for Socio-Legal Research in Land Law: Renner and the Law of Mortgage’ (2010) 37 Journal of Law and Society 54
  • Whitehouse L, ‘The Mortgage Arrears Pre-action Protocol: An Opportunity Lost’ (2009) 72 Modern Law Review 793

Articles in non-referred journals

  • Bright S and Whitehouse L, ‘The Key to Change’ (2014) 164 New Law Journal 13
  • Bright S and Whitehouse L, ‘Does the current housing possession process provide effective access to justice?’ (2014) 164 New Law Journal 16


Papers and lectures

  • Whitehouse L, ‘Does the English Housing Possession Process Provide Effective Access to Justice?’ (The Association for Law, Property and Society Annual Meeting, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia, USA, May 2015)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘Challenging the Legal Conception of the First Legal Mortgagor’ (SLSA Annual Conference, Warwick University, April 2015)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘Participant’ (Equality and Human Rights Commission, Roundtable on Access to Civil Law Justice, London, March 2015)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘The Impact of Legal Aid Reforms on the Provision of Advice & Representation in Housing Possession Cases’ (UCL International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services, London, 19th - 20th June 2014)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘The Mortgagor: Landowner or Consumer?’ (Association for Law,Property and Society Annual Meeting, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2-3 May 2014)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘The Mortgagor: Property Owner or Consumer?’ (Workshop at Durham Law School ‘Conceptualising “Consumers” of Financial Services: A New Approach?’, 12 April 2013)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘The Consideration of Non-Financial Factors in Housing Possession Cases: Law in Theory and Law in Practice’ (SLSA Annual Conference, York, March 2013)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘The Legal Process of Repossession: Views from the Coal Face’ (Council of Mortgage Lenders, Mortgage Arrears and Possessions Conference, Leeds, September 2012)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘A Longitudinal Analysis of the Mortgage Repossession Process 1995-2010: Stability, Regulation and Reform’ (Modern Studies in Property Law Conference, Oxford, March 2010)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘A Comparison of the English and Scottish Approaches to Reforming the Regulation of the Mortgage Repossession Process’ (Housing Studies Association Conference, York, April 2010)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘Power and Vulnerability within the Mortgage Repossession Process 1995-2008’ (Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Leicester, April 2009)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘The Repossession Process in Practice: Have the Lessons of the Housing Crisis of the Early 1990s Been Learned?’ (Centre for the Study of Law in Society, Sheffield University, February 2009)
  • Whitehouse L, ‘New Hope for Mortgagors? The Civil Justice Council's Proposed Mortgage Arrears Pre-Action Protocol’ (Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, LSE, September 2008)


Lisa is currently working collaboratively with Professor Susan Bright (New College, Oxford), Professor Mandeep Dhami (Psychology, Middlesex University), Saoirse Connor Desai (Research Assistant, City University) and a range of non-academic stakeholders on a project which explores decision-making within housing possession cases. The research team plans to undertake a pilot empirical survey of court records in 2016 to be followed by a larger scale empirical survey to be conducted in 2018 and for which they hope to secure substantial funding.

This project follows on from research conducted by Lisa and Professor Bright into the practical operation of the housing possession process. Funded by the John Fell OUP Research Fund, the University of Oxford Research Support Fund, Hull Law School and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Lisa and Professor Bright interviewed district judges, duty desk solicitors, lenders, landlords and housing advisors. Findings of the pilot project are online. The main report arising out of the project was cited in the Supreme Court case of McDonald (by her litigation friend Duncan J McDonald) v McDonald and others, UKSC 2014/0234, March 2016.

As a follow-on from this research, Lisa and Professor Bright organised a seminar which brings together key actors from the housing possession process to learn more about their respective roles and to consider how to improve defendant engagement in the process. The seminar is funded by the ESRC as part of its knowledge exchange programme.

PhD Supervision

Lisa Whitehouse would be interested in supervising research students on topics in housing law and empirical legal research. She has supervised students working on mortgage repossessions and ‘rights’ in relation to housing.



  • Land Law
  • Law of Trusts
  • Company Law
  • Foundations of Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Legal Systems and Method 
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