UCL Faculty of Laws


Prof Paul Davies

Professor of Commercial Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2017


Paul was appointed to the Chair in Commercial Law 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. He initially read Oriental Studies (Japanese) before studying Law at Downing College, Cambridge, and spent a year in Poitiers studying French Law.

Paul is interested in all areas of commercial law, and has written widely on private law more generally. He is the author of Accessory Liability (Hart Publishing, 2015; revised paperback edition, 2017), which won the main Inner Temple Book Prize in 2018, and 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 (2nd ed, OUP, 2018) 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 is also a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn and an Associate Member of Maitland Chambers.

Paul is currently organising two conferences with colleagues at UCL. The first, 'The Contents of Commercial Contracts: Terms Affecting Freedoms' will be held at UCL on 9 and 10 May: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/events/2019/may/contents-commercial-contracts-terms-affecting-freedoms  The second, 'Pensions: Law, Policy & Practice Conference' is the 2019 WG Hart Workshop and will be held at UCL on 20 and 21 June: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/events/2019/jun/pensions-law-policy-practice-conference

You can watch a video of Paul's inaugural lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAS5tdFrDPg