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Lord [Andrew] Burrows

QC (Hon), LLM, MA, DCL, FBA
Quondam Fellow since 2020
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Formerly Professor of the Law of England, University of Oxford
Andrew Burrows was a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls before taking up his appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in June 2020. He is the first person to have been appointed direct from academia to the highest court in the UK. His major projects at college included the novel idea of restating areas of English law in which he was assisted by an advisory group of academics, judges and practitioners. This led to the publication by OUP of A Restatement of the English Law of Unjust Enrichment and A Restatement of the English Law of Contract. In addition to producing new editions of his works on English private law (including a fourth edition of Remedies for Torts, Breach of Contract and Equitable Wrongs) and publishing many articles on contract, tort and unjust enrichment, in his years as SRF he wrote extensively on statute law, culminating in his Hamlyn Lectures in 2017 entitled Thinking about Statutes: Interpretation, Interaction, Improvement (CUP, 2018). He also led the Oxford-Burma/Myanmar law programme and taught an intensive course at Yangon University. He was President of the Society of Legal Scholars (2015-16), was awarded a DCL in 2014, and in 2015 was made an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College.
Lord [Andrew] Burrows
  • Background

    • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (2010 to 2020) and Professor of the Law of England, University of Oxford
    • Norton Rose Professor of Commercial Law, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow, St Hugh’s College (from 1999 to 2010)
    • Law Commissioner for England and Wales; Professor of English Law, University College, London (from 1994 to 1999)
    • CUF Lecturer in Law and Tutorial Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (from 1986 to 1994)
    • Lecturer in Law, University of Manchester (from 1981 to 1986)
    • Postgraduate, Harvard Law School, Harvard, USA (from 1980 to 1981)
    • Stipendiary Lecturer in Law, Merton College, Oxford (from 1979 to 1980)
    • Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Brasenose College, Oxford (from 1975 to 1979)
  • Research interests

    • Law of unjust enrichment and restitution
    • Law of contract
    • Law of obligations
    • Law reform
    • Statute law
  • Selected publications

    • The Relationship between Common Law and Statute in the Law of Obligations (2012) 128 LQR 232
    • A Restatement of the English Law of Unjust Enrichment (assisted by an Advisory Group) (2012, OUP)
    • Lord Hoffmann and Remoteness in Contract in The Jurisprudence of Lord Hoffmann (eds Davies and Pila, 2015) 251-267
    • A Restatement of the English Law of Contract (assisted by an Advisory Group) (1st edn, 2016; 2nd edn, forthcoming, OUP)
    • ‘At the Expense of the Claimant’: a Fresh Look [2017] RLR 167
    • Thinking about Statutes: Interpretation, Interaction, Improvement (2017 Hamlyn Lectures, 2018, CUP)
    • A New Dawn for the Law of Illegality in Illegality after Patel v Mirza (eds Bogg and Green, 2018) 23-38
    • In Defence of Unjust Enrichment [2019] CLJ 521
    • Remedies for Torts, Breach of Contract and Equitable Wrongs (4th edn, 2019, OUP)
    • Publications (PDF)
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • President of the Society of Legal Scholars (from 2015 to 2016)
    • Vice-President of the Society of Legal Scholars
      (from 2014 to 2015)
    • Chair of the British Board of Film Classification’s Video Appeals Committee (from 2011 to 2019)
    • Member of the Morgan Stanley/Daily Telegraph 'Great Britons' Public Life Judging Panel (from 2006 to 2008)
    • Chair of the Islip Sports Association (from 2006)
    • Deputy High Court Judge (from 2007 to 2020)
    • Editorial Board, University of Queensland Law Journal (from 2004)
    • Member, Judicial Studies Board (from 2001 to 2003)
    • Lecturer, Judicial Studies Board Civil Continuation Course (from 2000 to 2009)
    • Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple (from 2000)
    • Recorder (from 1998 to 2020)
    • Ogden Working Party (from 1997 to 2019)
    • Advisory Group, Hungarian Civil Code (from 1999 to 2002)
    • Chair, Wildlife Conservation Trust (from 1994 to 2020)
    • Editorial Board, Tort Law Review (from 1993)
    • Specialist Legal Consultant, New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (from 1991 to 1993)
    • Door Tenant at Fountain Court Chambers (from 1989 to 2020)
    • Called to the Bar (1985)
    • Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education (from 1983 to 1985)