Prof Charles Mitchell
Professor of Laws
Faculty of Laws
- Joined UCL
- 1st Aug 2010
Charles Mitchell has taught courses on Contract, Tort, Unjust Enrichment, Property, Trusts, International and Commercial Trusts, Company, Insurance, Agency, and Commercial Remedies.
In 2014 and 2019 he won UCL Faculty of Laws Excellence Awards for Legal Teaching, based on LLB and LLM student votes and feedback.
He has supervised PhD theses on the following topics: testamentary promises, the history of undue influence and breach of fiduciary duty, trusts in Japan and Quebec, decision-making in pension trusts, attribution rules in unjust enrichment, unjust enrichment claims for failure of condition, unjust enrichment claims for mistake, the penalties doctrine in contract law, the contractual doctrine of duress, primary and secondary rights in private law, the regulation of civil society, the politics of the Charities Act 2006, and tort liability in the voluntary sector.
Charles Mitchell has degrees in Modern History and Law from Oxford and UCL. He worked at King’s College London and Oxford before returning to UCL in 2010. From 2013 to 2016 he was Vice Dean (Staffing) and then Deputy Dean of UCL Laws. In 2017 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2019 he was appointed an Honorary Queen's Counsel.
Working as an independent consultant, he has advised on aspects of the law of unjust enrichment in several major cases: Caledonia North Sea Ltd v British Telecommunications plc 2002 SC (HL) 117 (Scots law of contribution, recompense and subrogation); Benedetti v Sawiris  AC 938 (valuation of services); Littlewoods Retail Ltd v HMRC (No 2)  AC 869 (valuation of the opportunity to use money); Test Claimants in the FII Group Litigation v HMRC  3 WLR 1369 (limitation rules affecting claims founded on mistake of law); Test Claimants in the FII Group Litigation v HMRC  1 WLR 4354 (recovery of interest on mistaken payments of tax, ‘netting off’ of gains and losses when quantifying enrichment, application of ‘direct provider’ rule).
His work has been cited in many cases, including Independent Trustee Services Ltd v GP Noble Trustees Ltd  Ch 31; Pitt v Holt  2 AC 108; Petrodel Resources Ltd v Prest  2 AC 415; Benedetti v Sawiris  AC 938; Australian Financial Services and Leasing Pty Ltd v Hills Industries Ltd (2014) 253 CLR 560; AIB Group (UK) plc v Mark Redler & Co  AC 1503; Relfo Ltd (in liq) v Varsani  1 BCLC 14; Investment Trust Companies (in liq) v HMRC  STC 1280; Patel v Mirza  Ch 271; Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus plc  AC 176; Vodafone Ltd v Office of Communications  QB 200; Sim Poh Ping v Winsta Holding Pte Ltd  1 SLR 1199; Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd  AC 39; School Facility Management Ltd v Governing Body of Christ the King College  1 WLR 4825 and  EWCA Civ 1053; Surrey CC v NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group  2 WLR 805.