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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Stuart BridgeIt is with great sadness that the Faculty reports the death of Stuart Bridge.

Stuart had a long association with law at Cambridge. He was first an undergraduate at Queens’, then a Fellow, and most recently a Life Fellow. He was a University Lecturer in the Faculty of Law between 1990 and 2012, lecturing principally in Land Law and Family Law and serving as Academic Secretary. He was an inspiring teacher and committed Director of Studies, remembered with affection and respect by generations of students, for many of whom he became a lifelong mentor and friend. He served as a notably successful Admissions Tutor at Queens’ and was a passionate advocate of promoting access to Cambridge.

A dedicated public servant of the law, Stuart was a Law Commissioner between 2001 and 2008, and was responsible for its pioneering work on cohabitation. He sat as a Recorder from 2004, and became a Circuit Judge in 2012, in recent years sitting in Cambridge. He was a distinguished scholar of property law, and the author of two standard works, Residential Leases (1994) and Assured Tenancies (1999). He was an editor of Theobald on Wills, and was co-author of Megarry and Wade’s Law of Real Property, and Snell’s Equity. In his writing, as in his teaching, he brought clarity and common sense to the most technical of topics.

Stuart will be remembered as a distinguished scholar and judge, and as a committed teacher who was dedicated to his students and to legal education.

Our thoughts are with Stuart’s wife, Beverley, and his family.