Professor Paul Davies QC, FBA

Senior Research Fellow, Commercial Law Centre

Paul Davies was educated at the Universities of Oxford (MA), London (LLM) and Yale (LLM). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000, an honorary Queen’s Counsel in 2006 and an honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2007. He was a deputy chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee between 2001-2015. His first teaching job was as Lecturer in Law at the University of Warwick (1969-1973). Then he was elected Fellow and Tutor in Law at Balliol College Oxford and successively CUF Lecturer, Reader and Professor in the Faculty. Between 1998 and 2009 he was the Cassel Professor of Commercial Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He was the Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law from 2009 to 2014, and is now a senior research fellow of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College.


Paul researches and writes in the areas of company law and financial regulation. Recent books are the 10th Edition of Gower’s Principles of Modern Company Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 2016 – with Professor Sarah Worthington, Cambridge) and (with multiple Oxford co-authors) Principles of Financial Regulation (OUP, 2016).

Recent contributions to research collections are:

‘Shareholders in the United Kingdom’ in Randall Thomas and Jennifer Hill (eds), Research Handbook on Shareholder Power (Edward Elgar 2015)

‘Resolution of Cross-Border Groups ‘ in Matthias Haentjens and Bob Wessels (eds), Research Handbook on Crisis Management in the Banking Sector (Edward Elgar 2015)

‘Control Shifts via Share Acquisition Contracts with Shareholders ‘ in Jeffrey Gordon and Georg Ringe (eds), Oxford Handbook on Corporate Law and Corporate Governance (OUP forthcoming)

‘Efficiency Arguments for the Collective Representation of Workers’ in Alan Bogg, Cathryn Costello, ACL Davies, Jeremias Prassl (ed), The Autonomy of Labour Law (Hart Publishing 2015)

Among recent research publications are:

‘The Fall and Rise of Debt: Bank Capital Regulation After the Crisis ‘ (2015) 16 European Business Organization Law Review

‘The Transactional Scope of Takeover Law in Comparative Perspective’ (2016) European Corporate Governance Institute Law Working Paper 313/2016

Contact Details
Postal Address
Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
United Kingdom