Mitchell is a DPhil Candidate at Magdalen College, Oxford.  He researches in equity, trusts and the law of property. His doctoral study examines the influence of the major procedural reforms of the nineteenth century, particularly the Judicature Acts reforms of 1873–1875, on substantive equitable principles. He is supervised by Professor Joshua Getzler and Professor Ben McFarlane.

Prior to coming to Oxford, he was a solicitor at an international law firm where he advised on both litigious and transactional matters. He has experience in class actions and commercial litigation, tax, M&A, insolvency and restructuring, and funds management.

Mitchell holds a Master of Law with first class honours from the University of Cambridge and degrees in law and history from the University of Sydney. He was previously a Sessional Lecturer in Equity at the University of Sydney (2016–2020), a Teaching Fellow in Equity & Trusts at the University of New South Wales (2019–2020), and a Tipstaff (Judicial Assistant) to the Hon. Justice Julie Ward, the Chief Judge in Equity of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.


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  • MJ Cleaver and PG Turner, 'Relief Against Forfeiture of a Licence - With Lord Denning's Spectre in View' (2020) Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 191

Research Interests

Equity and Trusts; Modern Legal History; Commercial Law; Contract; Restitution; Property Theory; Taxation of Trusts; Australian Federal Constitutional Law; Jurisprudence.


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