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Prof Paul Davies
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  • Professor of Commercial Law
  • Faculty of Laws

Paul was appointed to the Chair in Commercial Law inSeptember 2017. He was previously a Fellow at St Catherine’s College, Oxford,and before that a Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Paul hasalso worked in the Property and Trust Law Team at the Law Commission. Heinitially read Oriental Studies (Japanese) before studying Law at DowningCollege, Cambridge, and spent a year in Poitiers studying French Law.

Paul is interested in all areas of commercial law, and haswritten widely on private law more generally. He is the author of AccessoryLiability (Hart Publishing, 2015; revised paperback edition, 2017),which won the main Inner Temple Book Prize in 2018, and was the joint secondprize winner of the 2015 Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize forOutstanding Legal Scholarship. Paul is also a co-author of Equity andTrusts: Text, Cases and Materials (3rd ed, OUP, 2019 (with GrahamVirgo)), the author of JC Smith’s The Law of Contract (3rd ed,OUP, 2021) and is a contributing editor to both Chitty on Contracts and Snell’sEquity

Paul has edited a number of books, including TheJurisprudence of Lord Hoffmann (Hart, 2015) (with Justine Pila); Equity,Trusts and Commerce (Hart, 2017) (with James Penner); Defencesin Equity (Hart, 2018) (with Simon Douglas and James Goudkamp); Pensions:Law, Policy and Practice (Hart, 2020) (with Sinead Agnew and CharlesMitchell); and Commercial Contracts: Terms Affecting Freedoms (Hart,2020) (with Magda Raczynska) and Intermediaries in Commercial Law (Hart, 2022) (with Tan Cheng-Han).

More than twenty different publications by Paul have beencited judicially, including by appellate courts in England and Wales,Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore. He is a tenant at Essex Court Chambers (where a more accessible list of publications can be found) and an Academic Memberof the Chancery Bar Association.

In 2020 Paul was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Law,which "recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose workhas already attracted international recognition and whose future career isexceptionally promising". 

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