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Paul Davies

Call 2010


Paul was appointed to the Chair in Commercial Law at UCL in September 2017. He was previously a Fellow at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and before that a Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Paul has also worked in the Property and Trust Law Team at the Law Commission.

Paul is interested in all areas of commercial law, and has written widely on aspects of private law more generally. He currently teaches Property Law, Commercial Law, International and Commercial Trusts and Commercial Remedies, and has previously taught Contract, Tort, Restitution and Land. He is the author of Accessory Liability (Hart Publishing, 2015; revised paperback edition, 2017), 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 a co-author of Equity and Trusts: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd ed, OUP, 2016 (with Graham Virgo)), the author of JC Smith's The Law of Contract (OUP, 2016) and is one of the editors of Snell's Equity. Paul's work has been cited by appellate courts in England and Wales, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and 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. He was awarded a PhD on the basis of his publications by the University of Cambridge in 2017.


Accessory Liability (Hart Publishing, 2015; revised paperback edition, 2017)

Equity and Trusts: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd ed, OUP, 2016) (with Graham Virgo)

JC Smith's The Law of Contract (OUP, 2016)

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

Equity, Trusts and Commerce (Hart Publishing, 2017) (Co-editor)

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)