Biography

Paul read Oriental Studies (Japanese) and then Law at Downing College, Cambridge, and spent a year in Poitiers studying French Law. After graduating, Paul worked in the Property and Trust Law Team at the Law Commission, and was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn.

He became a Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 2008, and was also a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. He joined the Oxford Law Faculty as a CUF Lecturer in April 2013, and is a Fellow of St Catherine's College.

Paul's teaching and research interests lie primarily in the law of obligations and property. He is the author of Accessory Liability (Hart Publishing, 2015), which was the joint second prize winner of the 2015 Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. Paul is also a co-author of Equity and Trusts: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd ed, OUP, 2016 (with Graham Virgo)), the author of JC Smith's The Law of Contract (OUP, 2016) and is one of the editors of Snell's Equity. Paul's work has been cited by the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal, both in this jurisdiction and in Singapore.

Paul is also an Associate Member of Maitland Chambers.

Publications

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  • P S Davies and Sir Richard Arnold, 'Accessory liability for intellectual property infringement: the case of authorisation' (2017) LQR (forthcoming)
  • P S Davies, 'Bribery in Equity' in PS Davies and JE Penner (eds), Equity, Trusts and Commerce (Hart 2017) (forthcoming)
  • P S Davies, Simon Douglas and James Goudkamp (eds), Defences in Equity (Hart 2017) (forthcoming)
  • P S Davies and JE Penner (eds), Equity, Trusts and Commerce (Hart 2017) (forthcoming)
  • P S Davies, 'Accessory Liability in Tort' (2016) LQR 16 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Compensatory Remedies for Breach of Trust' (2016) Canadian Journal of Contemporary and Comparative Law (forthcoming)
  • P S Davies, 'Injunctions in Tort and Contract' in G Virgo and S Worthington (eds), Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies (CUP 2016) (forthcoming)
  • P S Davies and C Hare, 'Limits of rescission for misrepresentation' (2016) BJIBFL 387
  • P S Davies and S Green, 'Pure Economic Loss and Defective Buildings' in A Robertson and M Tilbury (eds), Divergences in Private law (Hart Publishing 2016)
  • P S Davies, 'Rectification versus Interpretation: The Nature and Scope of the Equitable Jurisdiction' (2016) CLJ 62
  • P S Davies, 'Rescission for Misrepresentation' (2016) CLJ 15 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Varying Contracts' (2016) CLJ [Case Note] (forthcoming)
  • P S Davies, Accessory Liability (Hart 2015)
  • P S Davies, 'Equity and the Common Law: Remedies for Breach of Fiduciary Duty' (2015) Tsinghua China Law Review 87
  • P S Davies, 'Gain-based remedies for dishonest assistance' (2015) 131 LQR 173 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Remedies for Breach of Trust' (2015) 78 MLR 681
  • P S Davies, 'Section 61 of the Trustee Act 1925: deus ex machina?' [2015] Conv 375
  • P S Davies and J Pila (eds), The Jurisprudence of Lord Hoffmann (Hart Publishing 2015)
  • P S Davies, 'The Meaning of Commercial Contracts' in PS Davies and J Pila (eds), The Jurisprudence of Lord Hoffmann (Hart Publishing 2015)
  • P S Davies, 'Complicity' in M Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP 2014)
  • P S Davies, 'Defences and third parties' in A Dyson, J Goudkamp, F Wilmot-Smith (ed), The Limits of Liability: Defences in Tort Law (Hart 2014)
  • P S Davies, 'Injunction' in J McGhee QC (ed), Snell's Equity (Sweet & Maxwell 2014)
  • P S Davies, 'Limitation in Equity' (2014) LMCLQ 313 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies and J O'Sullivan, 'Rectification' in J McGhee QC (ed), Snell's Equity (Sweet & Maxwell 2014)
  • P S Davies, 'Construing commercial contracts: no need for violence' in M Freeman and F Smith (eds), Law and Language: Current Legal Issues Volume 15 (OUP 2013)
    ISBN: 9780199673667
  • P S Davies and G Virgo, Equity and Trusts: Text, Cases, and Materials (OUP 2013)
    ISBN: 0199661480
  • P S Davies, 'Aid, abet, counsel or procure?' in S Pitel, J Neyers, E Chamberlain (ed), Tort Law: Challenging Orthodoxy (Hart 2013)
  • P S Davies, 'Joint tortfeasance and common design' (2013) 129 LQR 495 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies and P Turner, 'Relief against penalties without a breach of contract' (2013) 72 CLJ 20 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies and Graham Virgo, 'Relieving trustees' mistakes' [2013] RLR 74
  • P S Davies, 'Registered charges in the contractual matrix' (2013) 129 LQR 24 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Rectifying the course of rectification' (2012) 75 MLR 412
    ISBN: 0026-7961
  • P S Davies, 'Risk in unjust enrichment' [2012] RLR 27
    ISBN: 1351-170X
  • P S Davies, 'Interpreting commercial contracts: a case of ambiguity?' [2012] LMCLQ 26 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Making mistakes' (2012) 24 NLSIR 97
  • P S Davies, 'No leapfrogging of contract in unjust enrichment' (2012) 71 CLJ 37 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Lighting the way ahead: the use and abuse of property rights' in S Bright (ed), Modern Studies in Property Law - Volume 6 (Hart 2011)
    ISBN: 9781849461856
  • P S Davies, 'Accessory Liability: protecting IP rights' [2011] IPQ 390
  • P S Davies, 'Claims against third parties: room for the common law' [2011] CIPA Journal 362
  • P S Davies, 'Correcting mistakes: wither the rule in Hastings-Bass' [2011] Conv 406
  • P S Davies, 'Interpreting Commercial Contracts: Back to the Top' (2011) 127 LQR 185 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Negotiating the boundaries of admissibility' (2011) 70 CLJ 24 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Review of Michael Furmston and GJ Tolhurst, "Contract Formation: Law and Practice" (OUP 2010)' (2011) 70 CLJ 470 [Review]
  • P S Davies, 'Review of Qiao Liu, "Anticipatory Breach" (Hart, 2011)' [2011] LMCLQ 496 [Review]
  • P S Davies, 'Review of Rebecca Williams, "Unjust enrichment and public law" (Hart, 2010)' (2011) 127 LQR 483 [Review]
  • P S Davies, 'Injunction' in J McGhee QC (ed), Snell's Equity (32nd edition) (Sweet and Maxwell 2010)
  • P S Davies and J O'Sullivan, 'Rectification' in J McGhee QC (ed), Snell's Equity (32nd edition) (Sweet and Maxwell 2010)
  • P S Davies and P Rogerson, 'Swaps in another dimension' [2010] LMCLQ 529 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Anticipated contracts: room for agreement' (2010) 69 CLJ 467
  • P S Davies, 'Bank charges in the Supreme Court' (2010) 69 CLJ 21 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Contract and unjust enrichment: a blurry divide' (2010) 126 LQR 175 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Recent Developments in the Law of Implied Terms' [2010] LMCLQ 140
  • P S Davies, 'The illegality defence: turning back the clock' [2010] Conv 282
  • P S Davies, 'Auditors? Liability: no need to detect fraud?' (2009) 68 CLJ 505 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Finding the Limits of Contractual Interpretation' [2009] LMCLQ 420 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'The illegality defence ? two steps forward, one step back?' [2009] Conv 182
  • P S Davies, 'The Illegality Defence and Public Policy' (2009) 125 LQR 556 [Case Note]
  • P S Davies, 'Bank Charges and Unfair Terms' (2008) 67 CLJ 466 [Case Note]

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Law of obligations and property

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Contract, Trusts, Commercial Law, Restitution of Unjust Enrichment

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