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Paul Davies

Call 2010


Paul is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow and Tutor at St Catherine’s College. He was previously a Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. Paul has also worked in the Property and Trust Law Team at the Law Commission.

Paul’s teaching and research interests lie primarily in the law of obligations and property. He currently teaches Trusts, Contract and Commercial Remedies, and has previously taught Restitution, Tort and Land. He is the author of Accessory Liability (Hart Publishing, 2015), which was the joint second prize winner of the 2015 Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. Paul is also the author (with Graham Virgo) of Equity and Trusts: Text, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2013) and is one of the editors of Snell's Equity. Paul's work has been cited judicially (including by the Supreme Court) both in this jurisdiction and in Singapore.

Paul was a student at Downing College, Cambridge. He first read Oriental Studies (Japanese) and took the top First in Part I. He then read Law, and obtained a Starred First in both Part IB and Part II Law, coming top of the year in each and graduating in 2007 with the highest marks awarded by the Law Faculty since 1986. During his degree, Paul also spent a year studying French law at the University of Poitiers. Paul was a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and passed the BVC at The City Law School (Very Competent) before being called to the bar in 2010.


Accessory Liability (Hart Publishing, 2015)

Equity and Trusts: Text, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2013) (with Graham Virgo)

Snell's Equity (33rd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014) (Contributor)

The Jurisprudence of Lord Hoffmann (Hart Publishing, 2015) (Co-editor)

For a full list of publications, see Paul’s academic profile.


French (fluent)
Japanese (intermediate)
German (intermediate)