UCL Faculty of Laws


Professor Charles Mitchell appointed Honorary Queen’s Counsel

11 January 2019

Professor Charles Mitchell

Professor Charles Mitchell, Professor of Laws at UCL Laws, has been appointed Honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC Honoris Causa).

Honorary QCs are a rare accolade, awarded to lawyers and legal academics who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales outside practice in the courts.

Congratulating all the recipients of the honour this year, the Lord Chancellor, David Gauke MP, said:

“The award of the title of Queen’s Counsel is a recognition of depth of expertise and eminence in their fields. It is this expertise that gives the English legal system its world-leading reputation.”

The citation for Professor Mitchell reads as follows:

“Professor Charles Mitchell is one of the outstanding and most respected academic authorities on the law of unjust enrichment and the law of trusts. He has written books on subrogation; on contribution and reimbursement; on unjust enrichment; and on trusts. His work on the most recent editions of Goff and Jones: The Law of Unjust Enrichment has proved invaluable in cases which have come before the Supreme Court. He has shown dedication to bridging the gap between theory and practice, through his development and clarification of the law, including particularly difficult areas of law where conflicting authorities make underlying principles hard to discern.”

Professor Mitchell said:

“I am delighted and honoured by this award, and I am grateful to the many colleagues and students whose stimulating companionship has helped me to gain a better understanding of English private law.”

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean of UCL Laws, said:

“I would like to congratulate Professor Mitchell on his appointment to Honorary Queen’s Counsel. Professor Mitchell is a leading legal academic, and I am delighted that this honour recognises Professor Mitchell’s outstanding contribution to English private law.”