Professor Ewan Gordon McKendrick is a legal academic and barrister. He has been recommended for this high accolade for his work as Registrar of the University of Oxford and for the work that he has conducted alongside this role. Ewan is widely published including - to give some examples - his textbooks on the law of contract, his contribution of 5 chapters to the leading practitioner work Chitty on Contracts and a number of key articles on commercial law and the law of obligations. Ewan’s nomination also focuses on the lectures he has given to undergraduate and post graduate law students and to practitioners in many law firms in England, such as Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Ewan’s works have been cited over the years in a number of reported cases both in the UK and in the Commonwealth. He has also given evidence on English law to international tribunals where English law is the governing law.
Ewan has participated in the work of a Study Group on a European Civil Code that produced the Draft Common Frame of Reference. Ewan has held many positions including Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University between 2006 and 2010 and Chair of the Law Board from 2004 to 2006. He is a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall and an Honorary Fellow of St. Anne’s College. He is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.
The award of Queen’s Counsel honoris causa (Honorary QC) is made to lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts. The Ministry of Justice invited nominations for consideration as Honorary QC during the period July – September 2014. A small Selection Panel made its recommendations to the Lord Chancellor in December 2014. The Lord Chancellor accepted and passed the recommendations to Her Majesty the Queen in January 2015. The next round of nominations is due to open in the summer of 2015.