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Education CV

Co-convenor, Cambridge Centre for English Legal History seminar series (2015-17)

Research assistant, Law Commission for England & Wales (2012-14)

BCL, University of Oxford (2011-12)

MA, Law with Law Studies in Europe (Germany), University of Oxford (2007-11)

Scholarships & Prizes

Selden Society Studentship in English Legal History (2014-17)

Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library (2016)

Law Faculty Prize in Law and Society in Medieval England (2012)

Law Faculty Prize in the Roman and Civilian Law of Contracts (2012)

Slaughter & May Prize in the History of English Law (2011)


Law of Contract, BA Law (2015-17)

Introduction to Legal Methodology, BA Land Economy (2015-16)

Fields of research

Legal history, legal theory, contract law


The interpretation of deeds at common law, c. 1550-1630


My thesis explores common law approaches to the interpretation of deeds in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It examines the principles and techniques used by the courts to construe deeds, and identifies the social and philosophical trends that influenced them. As the theories developed by the courts in this period remain influential today, this research will shed new light on the development of contractual interpretation in modern English law.


Prof. David Ibbetson

Dr Neil Jones

Representative Publications

'Belize it or not: implied contract terms in Marks and Spencer v BNP Paribas' (2016) 79 MLR 1090

Start Date

Oct 2014

End date

Sep 2017