Professor Paul Davies joins Essex Court Chambers

4 February, 2021

Members of Essex Court Chambers announce that Paul Davies, Professor of Commercial Law at University College London, has completed his practising period of pupillage and is now a practising tenant, taking instructions at Essex Court Chambers.

Paul will practise alongside his academic work and will continue in his post at UCL.

Professor Davies has already established an unrivalled reputation as an academic private lawyer. His work has often been cited in academic texts, practitioner treatises, and judgments of appellate courts in England and overseas. His work has been relied upon in leading appellate decisions on the implication of terms (Marks & Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd [2015] UKSC 72 [24], [64]), rectification of contracts (FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v Glas Trust Corporation Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 1361 [129], [144], [174]) and dishonest assistance (Group Seven Ltd v Notable Services LLP [2019] EWCA 614 [101]-[102]). His monograph Accessory Liability won the main 2018 Inner Temple Book Prize, was the joint second prize winner of the 2015 Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, and was shortlisted for the St Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize 2018. He is also the author of two popular student textbooks (on Contract and Equity & Trusts) and is a contributing editor to both Chitty on Contracts and Snell’s Equity.

Paul has been instructed in disputes before a variety of tribunals, including the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council, and has acted as an expert witness on English law in both arbitrations and foreign litigation. Paul looks forward to developing an expert advisory and advocacy practice at the Bar in combination with his academic work

Members congratulate Paul on completion of Pupillage and welcome him to Essex Court Chambers as a practising tenant.