Michelle McCanna

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Law

Courses taught: Law, CILEx Level 6 Single Subject Certificates, Legal Practice Course

Michelle is one of our Law tutors who is qualified as a solicitor and brings her practice experience to bear on her teaching.



Michelle qualified as a solicitor in 1997 via the route offered by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). She worked at a City of London firm, specialising in insurance cargo recovery cases, policy disputes on behalf of insurers, property related litigation and general litigation. During her time in practice, Michelle represented the successful party in a dispute between banks over priority of mortgage changes, the Court of Appeal hearing is reported in United Bank of Kuwait plc v Sahib (1996) EWCA Civ 1308.

After qualification, Michelle obtained a Masters degree in European Law, before commencing a post teaching on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at ARU. She then taught on the LPC at City University, London (formerly the Inns of Court School of Law) from 2005 to 2008, before returning to ARU. Michelle has also been a tutor on a part-time basis to the Certificate in Land Registration, a qualification set up by joint venture between CILEx Tutorial College and HM Land Registry, training HM Land Registry staff.

Research interests

  • Land Law, specifically adverse possession
  • Contract Law


On the LLB Law Degree, Michelle module leads and teaches Law of Contract to year 1 students and Land Law in year 3. She also contributes to the postgraduate Legal Practice Course, module leading and teaching Solicitors' Accounts and Commercial Dispute Resolution.


  • Admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court (now non-practising)
  • LLM EC Law, University of Essex
  • PG Diploma in Legal Practice, with Distinction, ARU

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, The Law Society’s Property Section

Recent presentations and conferences

Paper co-presented with Professor Robert Home at the Association of Law, Property & Society Conference, Queen's University, Belfast, May 2016: 'The mere occupiers': Possessory title, communal land rights and land registration in Great Britain.Paper co-presented with Professor Robert Home at the Contested Property Claims Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, December 2015: 'Property Disputes in Britain: Law reforms, tribunal reforms'

Media experience

Appeared on BBC Look East, March 2019, to comment in response to an article about rising service charges on leasehold properties.