Research conducted by academics at the Faculty of Law influences decision-making by the judiciary and other officials and can help to shape public policy. Recent examples of judicial citation include:
- FHR European Ventures LLP and others v Cedar Capital Partners LLC  UKSC 45: Citation of Professor Sarah Worthington, 'Fiduciary Duties and Proprietary Remedies: Addressing the Failure of Equitable Formulae' (2013) 72 CLJ 720, and Professor Graham Virgo, 'Profits Obtained in Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Personal or Proprietary Claim?' (2011) 70 CLJ 502
- Benedetti v Sawiris  UKSC 50: Citation of Professor Graham Virgo, Principles of the Law of Restitution;
- R v Sadique (No. 2)  EWCA Crim 1150,  1 WLR 986: Citation of Professor Graham Virgo, 'Encouraging or Assisting More than One Offence' Archbold Review, Issue 2, 12 March 2012, and 'Enough is Enough' Archbold Review, Issue 3, 12 April 2013 on a number of occasions by Lord Judge CJ as regards the operation of the inchoate offences of assisting or encouraging crimes contrary to section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007;
- R v Hussain  EWCA Crim 2053: Citation of Professor John Spencer, Evidence of Bad Character;
- Osborn v Parole Board  UKSC 61: Citation of Mrs Nicky Padfield “Understanding Recall”, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No 2/2013 (2013);
- In the matter of B (a Child) (FC)  UKSC 33: Citation of Dr Brian Sloan 'Conflicting rights: English adoption law and the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child'  CFLQ 40
- Independent Trustee Services Ltd v GP Noble Trustees Ltd & Ors  EWCA Civ 195: Citation of Dr Kirsty Hughes' article in the Law Quarterly Review ((2011) 127 LQR 565).
In the political sphere, Professor Catherine Barnard has been advising the Department of Business on the Balance of Competences in the Single Market.
Professor Kenneth Armstrong, the Director of CELS, has been advising the UK and Scottish Parliaments on Scottish Membership of the European Union.
Professor John Spencer and Dr Alicia Hinarejos (together with Prof Steve Peers, University of Essex) produced a report entitled "Opting out of EU Criminal law: What is actually involved?". Following on from the publication, they were involved in advising Home Office and Ministry of Justice officials, and provided oral evidence to the House of Lords on the subject. The House of Lords subsequently published the report "EU police and criminal justice measures: The UK’s 2014 opt-out decision" which drew on their evidence.
Professor Catherine Barnard has made significant contributions to a review of the EU's competences which the Foreign Secretary launched in July 2012, drafting the legal papers which have formed the basis of three reports published in July 2014 on free movement of services, on employment law and on cohesion policy.
Professor Graham Virgo, Dr Matthew Dyson, and Dr Ben Crewe (Institute of Criminology) gave evidence to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee on the doctrine of Joint Enterprise in criminal law, and were cited in the subsequent report.
Faculty research can redefine the terms of scholarly debate and became building blocks for future scholars. Professor Matthew Kramer's Torture and Moral Integrity: A Philosophical Enquiry will be the subject of four symposia. The papers from one of the symposia will appear in Philosophy and Public Issues in 2015, while the papers from the other symposium will appear in the Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies in 2016. It will also feature at two further symposia - at McMaster University (in Canada) in November, and at the University of Bologna (in Italy) in December.
Members of the Faculty have also been involved in advising not for profit organisations on matters of public concern.
Professor Graham Virgo and Dr Matthew Dyson were consulted by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism on the first in-depth statistical analysis of the impact of joint enterprise law.
Jo Miles is one of two academic members on the Family Justice Council's Financial Needs Working Group, chaired by Mrs Justice Roberts, to take forward a recommendation made by the Law Commission in its report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements, published in February 2014.