Associate Professor Fiona Burns

BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) LLM (Sydney) LLM (Camb) PhD (ANU)
Associate Dean (Curriculum Development)

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0247
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Research interests

  • Property
  • Equity
  • Succession
  • Legal History
  • Elder Law

Teaching and supervision

  • Real Property
  • Commercial Land Law
  • Death and Inheritance Law

Conference papers and seminar presentations

  • Burns, F, 'Addressing a Lack of Mental Capacity: Courts Authorizing the Making of Wills for Living but Incapacitated Persons in Australia' presented at the 33rd International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Amsterdam, 14-19 July 2013
  • Burns, F, 'Intestacy Law in Australia, England and Singapore - Another Aid to Social Sustainability in an Ageing Population?' presented at the 11th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference 2012, Singapore, 12-13 July 2012
  • Burns, F, 'Equity Release Products in The United Kingdom and Australia: Self Sufficiency and Governement Regulation?' presented at the 11th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference 2012, Singapore, 12-13 July 2012
  • Burns, F, 'Reverse Mortgages and Equity Release Products in Australia and the UK: The Legislative Protection of Vulnerable Elders', presented at the 32nd International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Germany (17 July-23 July 2011)
  • Burns, F, 'Reverse Mortgages: An exercise in sustainability?', presented at the Australian Property Law Teachers Conference, Perth (25 September 2010)
  • Burns, F, 'Aspects of Reverse Mortgages in Australia', presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Conference, Auckland (4 July – 7 July 2010)
  • Burns, F, 'Friends – in – law: a mentoring program with a social focus' (with Lisa Happell), presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Conference, Auckland (4 July – 7 July 2010)
  • Burns, F, 'Mortgages and Older Australians: The Vanishing Doctrine of Contractual Capacity' presented at the First Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society, Washington DC (5-6 March 2010)
  • Burns, F, ‘Capacity, Changing Capacity, Mortgages and Elders in Australia’, presented at the 31st International Congress on Law and Mental Health, New York (28 June -4 July 2009)
  • Burns, F, ‘Court imposed easements in the Australian Torrens System: Are the rights of servient owners adequately protectex?’, presented at the Australasian Property Law Conference, University of New South Wales (17-19 April 2009)
  • Burns, F, ‘Intestacy Reform in NSW and Queensland: A Critical Evaluation of Aspects of the Uniform Succession Laws: Intestacy Report’, published in L. Westcott (ed), The Law, the Environment, Indigenous Peoples: Climate for Change? Australasian Law Teachers' Association 63rd Annual Conference 2008, James Cook University (2008)
  • Burns, F, ‘The Future of Intestacy Reform in NSW: The Uniform Succession Laws Intestacy Report’, presented at Sydney Law School Lunchtime Seminar (7 August 2008)
  • Burns, F, ‘Easements and servitudes created by implied grant, implied reservation or prescription’, presented at Modern Studies in Property Law, Queen's College, Cambridge, UK (1-3 April 2008)
  • Burns, F, ‘Complex Issues in Wills Practice - Important Aspects of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW)’, presented at the Legalwise Seminars Series, Sydney (5 March 2008)
  • Burns, F, ‘Prescriptive and Implied Easements: Do they have a Future in the Torrens System in NSW?’, published in Adams, M, Barker, D & Poludniewski, K (eds), 62nd Annual Australian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) Conference - Law and Public Policy: Taming the Unruly Hourse?, University of Western Australia, (2007)
  • Burns, F, ‘Key Aspects of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW)’, published in Adams, M, Barker, D & Poludniewski, K (eds), 62nd Annual Australian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) Conference - Law and Public Policy: Taming the Unruly Horse?, University of Western Australia, (2007)
  • Burns, F, ‘Prescriptive Easements’, presented at the Sydney Law School Lunchtime Seminar, Sydney (17 May 2007)
  • Burns, F, ‘Elderly Guarantors: Do we protect them adequately?’ presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference (ALTA): Darwin, NT (8-11 July 2004)
  • Burns, F, ‘Presumed Undue Influence, Manifest Disadvantage and Explicability’ presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference (ALTA): Darwin, NT (8-11 July 2004)
  • Burns, F, ‘Undue Influence Inter Vivos and the Elderly’ presented at the Elder Law Program Conference - Legalwise seminars (19 June 2003)
  • Burns, F, ‘Statutory Unconscionability and the Elderly’ presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference: Brisbane (6-9 July 2003)
  • Burns, F, ‘Protecting Elders: Intergenerationally transmitted debt’ presented at 'Medicine and Industry: Changing paradigms in Law, Ethics and the Health Professions', 28th International Congress on Law and Mental Health (IALMH): Sydney (2003)
  • Burns, F, ‘The Nineteenth Century Court of Chancery Revisited’ presented at The Society of Public Teachers of Law Annual Conference - De Montfort University: Leicester UK (2003)
  • Burns, F, ‘The Nineteenth Century Court of Chancery Revisited’ presented at The Society of Public Teachers of Law Annual Conference - De Montfort University: Leicester UK (2003)
  • Burns, F, ‘The Doctrine of Undue Influence Inter Vivos and Elder Financial Abuse in Common Law Jurisdictions’ presented at the 27th International Congress on Law and Mental Health - International Academy of Law and Mental Health: Amsterdam (2002)
  • Burns, F, ‘The Court and the Chancery in the 19th Century’ presented at the ‘Tradition & Innovation in the Law: Old paths, new directions’ conference - Australasian Law Teachers Association: Port Vila, Vanuatu (2001)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Burns, F. (2012). Clogs on the Equity of Redemption: A Story of Changing Equitable Intervention. In J Glister & P Ridge (eds) (Eds.), Fault Lines in Equity, (pp. 45-72). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.
  • Burns, F. (2011). Reverse Mortgages in Australia: An Exercise in Sustainability? In P Carruthers, S Mascher & N Skead (Eds.), Property and Sustainability: Selected Essays, (pp. 239-286). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.
  • Burns, F. (2010). Court Imposed Easements in the Australian Torrens System: Are the Rights of Servient Owners Adequately Protected? In Lyria Bennett Moses, Brendan Edgeworth, Cathy Sherry (Eds.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, (pp. 217-248). Australia: Thomson Reuters.
  • Burns, F. (2009). Easements and Servitudes Created by Implied Grant, Implied Reservation or Prescription and Title-by-Registration Systems. In Dixon, Martin (Eds.), Modern Studies in Property Law Volume 5, (pp. 61-97). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Stuckey-Clarke, J., Burns, F. (2003). Declarations. In Patrick Parkinson (Eds.), The Principles of Equity: 2nd Edition, (pp. 889-912). Sydney: Lawbook Co.

Journals

  • Burns, F. (2013). Surviving spouses, surviving children and the reform of total intestacy law in England and Scotland: Past, present and future. Legal Studies, 33(1), 85-118. [More Information]
  • Burns, F. (2013). The Changing Patterns of Total Intestacy Distribution Between Spouses and Children in Australia and England. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 36(2), 470-513.
  • Burns, F. (2012). Adverse Possession and Title-By-Registration Systems in Australia and England. Melbourne University Law Review, 35(3), 773-820.
  • Burns, F. (2012). Intestacy Law in Australia, England and Singapore - Another Aid to Social Sustainability in an Ageing Population? Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, 2012, 366-390.
  • Burns, F. (2011). Mortgages, seniors and the common law contractual doctrine of mental incapacity in Australia. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34(2), 79-93. [More Information]
  • Burns, F. (2009). Book Review. Gale on Easements, by Jonathan Gaunt & Mr Justice Morgan, 18th ed. Sweet & Maxwell 2008. The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 73(6), 533-537.
  • Burns, F. (2009). Implied Easements and the Integrity of the Torrens System. Bond Law Review, 21(2), 1-25.
  • Burns, F. (2008). Intestacy Reform in New South Wales and Queensland: A Critical Evaluation of Aspects of the Uniform Succession Laws: Intestacy Report. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 1(1&2), 321-333.
  • Burns, F. (2008). Lord Westbury, Law Reform and Fusion. The Journal of Legal History, 29(1), 1-37.
  • Burns, F. (2007). Prescriptive Easements in England and Legal "Climate Change". The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, March-April 2007, 133-147.
  • Burns, F. (2007). The Future of Prescriptive Easements in Australia and England. Melbourne University Law Review, 31(1), 3-46.
  • Burns, F. (2006). Reforming Testamentary Undue Influence in Canadian and English Law. Dalhousie Law Journal, 29(2), 455-490.
  • Burns, F. (2005). Elders and Testamentary Undue Influence in Australia. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 28(1), 145-185.
  • Burns, F. (2005). Legally regulating intergenerationally transmitted debt. Australasian Journal on Ageing, s24, 46-50.
  • Burns, F. (2005). Protecting elders: Regulating intergenerationally transmitted debt in Australia. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 28(3), 300-319. [More Information]
  • Burns, F. (2005). Statutory 'Unconscionability': The application of the Contracts Review Act 2980 (NSW) to the elderly. Journal of Contract Law, 21(1), 51-70.
  • Burns, F. (2003). Elders and undue influence inter vivos: lessons from the United Kingdom? Adelaide Law Review, 24(1), 37-77.
  • Burns, F. (2003). Lord Cottenham and the Court of Chancery. The Journal of Legal History, 24(2), 187-214.
  • Burns, F. (2003). The elderly and undue influence inter vivos. Legal Studies, 23(2), 251-283.
  • Burns, F. (2003). The equitable doctrine of unconscionable dealing and the elderly in Australia. Monash University Law Review, 29(2), 336-376.
  • Burns, F. (2002). The Equitable Lien Rediscovered: A remedy for the 21st Century. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 25(1), 1-32.
  • Burns, F. (2002). Undue Influence Inter Vivos and the Elderly. Melbourne University Law Review, 26(3), 499-536.
  • Burns, F. (2001). Giumelli v Giumelli Revisited: Equitable Estoppel, the Constructive Trust and Discretionary Remedialism. Adelaide Law Review, 22, 123-156.
  • Burns, F. (2001). The Court of Chancery in the 19th Century: A paradox of decline and expansion. University of Queensland Law Journal, 21(2), 198-219.
  • Burns, F. (2000). Discretionary Remedialism Down Under. University of Western Australia Law Review, 29, 143-148.
  • Burns, F. (2000). Pioneering but Imperfect. University of Western Australia Law Review, 29, 148-150.

Conferences

  • Burns, F. (2013). Addressing a Lack of Mental Capacity: Courts Authorising the Making of Wills for Living but Incapacitated Persons in Australia. XXXIIIrd Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH 2013), Canada: International Academy of Law and Mental Health.
  • Burns, F. (2007). Key Aspects of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW). Seminar on 'Current Succession Issues: Key Aspects of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW)', Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney Law School.
  • Burns, F. (2007). Reforming the Law of Prescriptive Easements in Australia. 8th Real Property Teacher's Conference (2007), Hobart, Tasmania: University of Tasmania.

2013

  • Burns, F. (2013). Addressing a Lack of Mental Capacity: Courts Authorising the Making of Wills for Living but Incapacitated Persons in Australia. XXXIIIrd Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH 2013), Canada: International Academy of Law and Mental Health.
  • Burns, F. (2013). Surviving spouses, surviving children and the reform of total intestacy law in England and Scotland: Past, present and future. Legal Studies, 33(1), 85-118. [More Information]
  • Burns, F. (2013). The Changing Patterns of Total Intestacy Distribution Between Spouses and Children in Australia and England. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 36(2), 470-513.

2012

  • Burns, F. (2012). Adverse Possession and Title-By-Registration Systems in Australia and England. Melbourne University Law Review, 35(3), 773-820.
  • Burns, F. (2012). Clogs on the Equity of Redemption: A Story of Changing Equitable Intervention. In J Glister & P Ridge (eds) (Eds.), Fault Lines in Equity, (pp. 45-72). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.
  • Burns, F. (2012). Intestacy Law in Australia, England and Singapore - Another Aid to Social Sustainability in an Ageing Population? Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, 2012, 366-390.

2011

  • Burns, F. (2011). Mortgages, seniors and the common law contractual doctrine of mental incapacity in Australia. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34(2), 79-93. [More Information]
  • Burns, F. (2011). Reverse Mortgages in Australia: An Exercise in Sustainability? In P Carruthers, S Mascher & N Skead (Eds.), Property and Sustainability: Selected Essays, (pp. 239-286). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.

2010

  • Burns, F. (2010). Court Imposed Easements in the Australian Torrens System: Are the Rights of Servient Owners Adequately Protected? In Lyria Bennett Moses, Brendan Edgeworth, Cathy Sherry (Eds.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, (pp. 217-248). Australia: Thomson Reuters.

2009

  • Burns, F. (2009). Book Review. Gale on Easements, by Jonathan Gaunt & Mr Justice Morgan, 18th ed. Sweet & Maxwell 2008. The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 73(6), 533-537.
  • Burns, F. (2009). Easements and Servitudes Created by Implied Grant, Implied Reservation or Prescription and Title-by-Registration Systems. In Dixon, Martin (Eds.), Modern Studies in Property Law Volume 5, (pp. 61-97). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Burns, F. (2009). Implied Easements and the Integrity of the Torrens System. Bond Law Review, 21(2), 1-25.

2008

  • Burns, F. (2008). Intestacy Reform in New South Wales and Queensland: A Critical Evaluation of Aspects of the Uniform Succession Laws: Intestacy Report. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 1(1&2), 321-333.
  • Burns, F. (2008). Lord Westbury, Law Reform and Fusion. The Journal of Legal History, 29(1), 1-37.

2007

  • Burns, F. (2007). Key Aspects of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW). Seminar on 'Current Succession Issues: Key Aspects of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW)', Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney Law School.
  • Burns, F. (2007). Prescriptive Easements in England and Legal "Climate Change". The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, March-April 2007, 133-147.
  • Burns, F. (2007). Reforming the Law of Prescriptive Easements in Australia. 8th Real Property Teacher's Conference (2007), Hobart, Tasmania: University of Tasmania.
  • Burns, F. (2007). The Future of Prescriptive Easements in Australia and England. Melbourne University Law Review, 31(1), 3-46.

2006

  • Burns, F. (2006). Reforming Testamentary Undue Influence in Canadian and English Law. Dalhousie Law Journal, 29(2), 455-490.

2005

  • Burns, F. (2005). Elders and Testamentary Undue Influence in Australia. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 28(1), 145-185.
  • Burns, F. (2005). Legally regulating intergenerationally transmitted debt. Australasian Journal on Ageing, s24, 46-50.
  • Burns, F. (2005). Protecting elders: Regulating intergenerationally transmitted debt in Australia. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 28(3), 300-319. [More Information]
  • Burns, F. (2005). Statutory 'Unconscionability': The application of the Contracts Review Act 2980 (NSW) to the elderly. Journal of Contract Law, 21(1), 51-70.

2003

  • Stuckey-Clarke, J., Burns, F. (2003). Declarations. In Patrick Parkinson (Eds.), The Principles of Equity: 2nd Edition, (pp. 889-912). Sydney: Lawbook Co.
  • Burns, F. (2003). Elders and undue influence inter vivos: lessons from the United Kingdom? Adelaide Law Review, 24(1), 37-77.
  • Burns, F. (2003). Lord Cottenham and the Court of Chancery. The Journal of Legal History, 24(2), 187-214.
  • Burns, F. (2003). The elderly and undue influence inter vivos. Legal Studies, 23(2), 251-283.
  • Burns, F. (2003). The equitable doctrine of unconscionable dealing and the elderly in Australia. Monash University Law Review, 29(2), 336-376.

2002

  • Burns, F. (2002). The Equitable Lien Rediscovered: A remedy for the 21st Century. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 25(1), 1-32.
  • Burns, F. (2002). Undue Influence Inter Vivos and the Elderly. Melbourne University Law Review, 26(3), 499-536.

2001

  • Burns, F. (2001). Giumelli v Giumelli Revisited: Equitable Estoppel, the Constructive Trust and Discretionary Remedialism. Adelaide Law Review, 22, 123-156.
  • Burns, F. (2001). The Court of Chancery in the 19th Century: A paradox of decline and expansion. University of Queensland Law Journal, 21(2), 198-219.

2000

  • Burns, F. (2000). Discretionary Remedialism Down Under. University of Western Australia Law Review, 29, 143-148.
  • Burns, F. (2000). Pioneering but Imperfect. University of Western Australia Law Review, 29, 148-150.

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