Louise Gullifer has been teaching at Oxford since 1991. Before that she practised at the Commercial Bar in chambers at 3 Gray's Inn Place (now 3 Verulam Buildings), under her maiden name (Louise Edwards). She remains an honorary member of those chambers. She teaches Roman law, Contract law, Commercial Law, Corporate Finance law and Corporate Insolvency law and is the senior law tutor at Harris Manchester College. From 1994-97 she was a Fellow of Brasenose College.   She is Chair of the University Student Disciplinary Panel and has been the Oxford Law Faculty Development Co-ordinator.    

Her research interests focus broadly on commercial law and corporate finance.   She has co-authored books on security and title financing and corporate finance, and is presently co-authoring books on personal property and set-off in arbitration.    She is particularly interested in financial collateral and intermediated securities, as well as national and international reform of secured transactions law.    She is the director of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College.  She is Director of the Secured Transaction Law Reform Project and is also the Oxford Law Faculty Academic Lead for the Cape Town Convention Academic Project


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  • L Gullifer, 'Flawed Assets' in G Virgo, S Worthington (ed), Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies (Cambridge University Press 2016) (forthcoming)
  • C Cook, H Anderson and L Gullifer, 'National Report for England' in N Vermunt, D Faber, J Kilbourn, T Richter, I Tirado (ed), Ranking and Priority of Creditors (Oxford University Press 2016) (forthcoming)
  • O Akseli and L Gullifer (eds), Secured Transactions Law Reform: Principles, Policies and Practice (Hart Publishing 2016) (forthcoming)
  • H Beale, L Gullifer and S Paterson, 'Ban on Assignment Clauses: Views from the Coalface' (2015) 30 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 463
  • L Gullifer and J Payne, Corporate Finance Law : Principles and Policy (2nd edn Hart Publishing 2015)
  • L Gullifer, 'Piecemeal reform: is it the answer?' in Frederique Dahan (ed), Secured Lending in Commercial Transactions (Elgar Publishing 2015)
  • L Gullifer, 'Should clauses prohibiting assignment be overridden by statute?' (2015) 4 Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs 47
    Many contracts for the supply of goods or services include a clause prohibiting assignment by the supplier of its rights under the contract. The existence of such clauses, both in particular contracts and more generally, can have a chilling effect on the use of receivables as collateral to obtain financing. Thus, in many jurisdictions, there is a legislative override for such clauses, so that they are not enforceable against third parties. There is an ongoing debate as to whether English law should follow suit and, if so, what form the override should take, which has now led to . This paper examines the arguments for and against an override in English law, informed by two small scale surveys undertaken by the author and others over the last four years.
  • L Gullifer, 'Compulsory Central Clearing of OTC Derivatives: The Changing Face of the Provision of Collateral ' in Louise Gullifer and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), English and European Perspectives in Contract and Commercial Law (Hart Publishing 2014)
    The EU Regulation introducing compulsory central clearing in Europe (‘EMIR’), takes an ambivalent attitude towards collateral. On one hand, it makes the provision of collateral to central counterparties (‘CCPs’) compulsory, in order to protect CCPs from credit risk if their counterparties default. On the other hand, it mandates particular collateral holding models, in order to protect counterparties from the risk of CCP insolvency, and to protect clients from the risk of their clearing broker’s insolvency. This paper critically examines the EMIR rules for the provision of collateral,as well as some of the market solutions to the new regime, analyses the legal position of each under English law and the resulting mix of risks and protections offered by each technique.
  • L Gullifer and Stefan Voganauer (eds), English and European Perspectives on Contract and Commercial law: Essays in honour of Hugh Beale (Hart Publishing 2014)
  • L Gullifer, 'Review of Australian Personal Property Securities Law, Antony Duggan and David Brown' (2014) 29 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law [Review]
  • L Gullifer, 'Review of Intermediated Securities: the Impact of the Geneva Securities Convention and the Future European Legislation' (2014) 51 Common Market Law Review [Review]
  • P Pichonnaz and L Gullifer, set-off in arbitration and commercial transactions (Oxford University Press 2014)
  • L Gullifer, 'The interpretation of retention of title clauses: Wilson v Holt generates some difficulties. ' (2014) Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 564
    In the recent Court of Appeal decision in Wilson v Holt the majority interpreted a retention of title clause in a sale of goods contract as creating an agency relationship between the buyer and seller, so that the buyer sub-sold the goods as agent of the seller. This meant that property in the goods never passed to the buyer, and the seller could not bring an action for the price. This paper argues that the agency construction is wrong as it gives rise to many uncommercial consequences, leads to uncertainty and potentially upsets the balance of interests between financiers of small and medium sized enterprises. It contends that the case of Aluminium Industrie Vaassen B.V. v. Romalpa Aluminium Ltd, used to support many uncommercial interpretations of retention of title clauses, is fundamentally flawed and should be put to rest. Finally, it is argued that the view of the Court of Appeal in Wilson v Holt that section 49 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 includes the only two circumstances in which a seller can sue for the price is unsatisfactory, and that the section should be reinterpreted or, ideally, reformed.
  • L Gullifer and Sophia Hurst, 'Bills of Sale: Ripe for Reform?' (2013) 11 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 685
  • L Gullifer and Professor Sir Roy Goode, Goode on Legal Problems of Credit and Security (5th edn Sweet & Maxwell 2013)
  • H Anderson, C Cooke and L Gullifer, 'National Report for England ' in D Faber, N Vermunt, J Kilborn, K Van de Linde (ed), Treatment of Contracts in Insolvency (Oxford University Press 2013)
  • M Bridge, L Gullifer, S Worthington and G McMeel, The Law of Personal Property (Sweet & Maxwell 2013)
    ISBN: 9781847037992
  • L Gullifer, 'PERSONAL PROPERTY SECURITY LAW: WHERE NEXT? PART 2 ' (2012) Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 541
  • L Gullifer, 'Personal Property Security Law: Where Next? (Part 1)' (2012) Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 465
  • H Beale, M Bridge, L Gullifer and E Lomnicka, The Law of Security and Title Finance (2nd edn Oxford University Press 2012)
    ISBN: 978-0-19-960872-0
  • L Gullifer, 'The reform of the English law of secured transactions' (2012) 213 Droit et patrimoine (Kluwer) 72
  • L Gullifer and J Payne, Corporate Finance Law: Principles and Policy (Hart Publishing 2011)
    ISBN: 1849460043
  • L Gullifer and J Payne (eds), Intermediated Securities: Legal Problems and Practical Issues (Hart Publishing 2010)
    ISBN: 976-1-84946-013-2



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