Lisa Whitehouse

Dr Lisa Whitehouse

Reader and Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

+44 (0) 1482 465853

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

She has written extensively on the practical operation of housing possession cases and is currently engaged in a collaborative project, with Professor Susan Bright (Oxford University) and Professor Mandeep Dhami (Middlesex University), which explores decision-making in housing possession cases.

Lisa has also been awarded funding by the Ferens Educational Trust to test the feasibility of introducing a scheme at local county courts to improve access to justice for those threatened with the loss of their homes.


Research Interests

  • Property Law with a particular interest in the practical operation of housing possession cases, the law of mortgage and the repossession process

Research groups

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 housing possession research project.


Whitehouse L, ‘The First Legal Mortgagor: A Consumer Without Adequate Protection?’, Journal of Consumer Policy, 38.2, pp 161-180 (2015)

Whitehouse L and Bright S, ‘The Empirical Approach to Research in Property Law’, Researching Property Law, Bright S and Blandy S (eds), pp 43-59, Palgrave (2016)

Bright S and Whitehouse L, 'Information, Advice and Representation in Housing Possession Cases', University of Oxford / University of Hull (2014)

Bright S and Whitehouse L, ‘The Opportunities and Challenges of Empirical Work: Housing Possession in Theory and Practice’, Property Law Perspective II, Akkermans B, Marais E and Ramaekers E (eds), pp 63-82, Intersentia (2013)

Whitehouse L, ‘A Longitudinal Analysis of the Mortgage Repossession Process 1995-2010: Stability, Regulation and Reform’, Modern Studies in Property Law, Bright S (ed), pp 151-174, Hart Publishing (2011)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Land Law
  • Law of Trusts
  • Company Law
  • Legal Systems and Method

Research PhDs

Lisa would be interested in supervising research students on topics in housing law, particularly issues related to eviction and repossession. She has supervised students working on mortgage repossessions and ‘rights’ in relation to housing.

Completed PhDs

  • Dr Adaeze Okoye, Re-Defining Corporate Social Responsibility as a Legitimising Force for Corporate Power: to What Extent can Law and a Law-Jobs Perspective Contribute to Corporate Social Responsibility? (2012)
  • Dr Salah Fakroun, An Empirical Exploration of the Legal Barriers Facing Foreign Direct Investment: the Case of Libya (2017)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Claire Ramsden, Protecting Right to Buy Purchasers

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • LLB
  • PhD (Hull)

External roles

  • External examiner for the Law School at the University of Durham (2009-2012)
  • External examiner for the Law School at Coventry University (2014- )