Mitchell Cleaver


Mitchell is a doctoral student in legal history at Magdalen College, Oxford. He researches in trusts, commercial remedies, and the law of property generally. His doctoral study, which is concerned with the history of equitable liens in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, is supervised by Professor Joshua Getzler and Professor Ben McFarlane. He teaches Trusts and Land Law.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Mitchell was a solicitor at an international law firm advising. He has experience in class actions and commercial litigation, tax (stamp duties and income 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 (2016–2019), a Teaching Fellow in Equity & Trusts at the University of New South Wales (2019–2020), and a Tipstaff (researcher) to the Hon. Justice Julie Ward, the Chief Judge in Equity and a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (2017). He has published on equity and property law issues in Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice

Research Interests

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


Research projects & programmes

Private Law Research Group

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