Charles Mitchell’s main research interests are in the law of unjust enrichment, the law of trusts and equitable remedies, and modern legal history.
In the field of unjust enrichment he has written many articles and two monographs: The Law of Contribution and Reimbursement (OUP, 2003) and Subrogation: Law and Practice (OUP, 2007) (with Stephen Watterson). He is an author of the leading practitioner work, Goff and Jones: The Law of Unjust Enrichment 9th edn (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016) (with Paul Mitchell and Stephen Watterson). He has also edited several collections of essays, including Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Unjust Enrichment (OUP, 2009) (with Robert Chambers and James Penner), Restitution of Overpaid Tax (Hart, 2013) (with Steven Elliott and Birke Häcker) and The Restatement Third, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment: Critical and Comparative Essays (Hart, 2013) (with William Swadling). In 2017, he organised a conference at UCL on 'The Global Futures of Unjust Enrichment’ (with Paul Mitchell and Stephen Watterson), the papers from which were published in a special issue of the Restitution Law Review edited by Stephen Watterson.
He has written many articles on the law of trusts and equitable remedies, and he is an author of the well-known practitioner work, Underhill and Hayton: Law Relating to Trusts and Trustees 19th edn (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2016) (with David Hayton and Paul Matthews) and a widely adopted student textbook, Hayton & Mitchell: Text, Cases and Materials on the Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies 14th edn (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015) (with Ben McFarlane). He has edited several essay collections, including Foundations of Charity (Hart, 2000) (with Sue Moody), Constructive and Resulting Trusts (Hart, 2010) and Current Issues in Succession Law (Hart, 2016) (with Birke Häcker). In 2019, he and Sinead Agnew and Paul Davies organised the WG Hart Memorial Workshop in association with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, on 'Pensions: Law, Policy and Practice'; the papers from this conference will be published by Hart in 2020.
With Paul Mitchell, he devised the Landmark Cases series of historical investigations into past cases, published by Hart, and together they edited the first four volumes of the series, on Restitution (2006), Contract (2008), Tort (2010) and Equity (2012). He has recently completed work on the 2nd edition of William Cornish and Geoffrey Clark’s Law and Society in England, 1750-1950 (with Steve Banks, Paul Mitchell and Rebecca Probert), which will be published by Hart in 2019.
Some of his articles are available online at: https://ssrn.com/author=2105148 .