Professor Louise Gullifer, QC (Hon)

Emeritus Fellow

Louise Gullifer is the Rouse Ball Chair of English Law at the University of Cambridge. She has tought law at both undergraduate and graduate level for HMC and for the University of Oxford.    She practised at the Commercial Bar for a number of years as a tenant of 3 Verulam Buildings before becoming an academic.    She is involved in many research projects in the area of commercial law, and, in particular, secured transactions.    She is Director of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester, a research centre focusing on all aspects of national and international commercial law.   She has strong links with legal practice and is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.   She was elected a member of the International Insolvency Institute in 2016 and has been appointed Professor of International Commercial Law at the School of Law at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, with effect from January 1, 2017. This is one of the temporary chairs of the Business and Law Research Centre at the Radboud University.


Louise has edited and co-authored many of the leading texts on secured financing and personal property: some of these are listed below.     She is particularly involved in the reform of the law relating to secured financing.   She is Executive Director of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project, which involves academics, practitioners and policy makers in looking at the need for and shape of future reform, and is the UK delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group VI, which is drafting a Model Law on Secured Transactions for use in law reform around the world.    She is also, together with Professor Sir Roy Goode and Professor Jeffrey Wool, runs the Cape Town Convention Academic Project.    The Cape Town Convention, which establishes an international regime for the secured financing of large scale mobile equipment, such as aircraft, is one of the most important and innovative international conventions ever to have been concluded in the field of transnational commercial law.


Selected publications 


O Akseli and L Gullifer (eds), Secured Transactions Law Reform: Principles, Policies and Practice (Hart Publishing 2016)

L Gullifer and J Payne, Corporate Finance Law : Principles and Policy (2nd edn Hart Publishing 2015)

L Gullifer and Stefan Voganauer (eds), English and European Perspectives on Contract and Commercial law: Essays in honour of Hugh Beale (Hart Publishing 2014)

P Pichonnaz and L Gullifer, Set-off in arbitration and commercial transactions (Oxford University Press 2014)

L Gullifer and Professor Sir Roy Goode, Goode on Legal Problems of Credit and Security (5th edn Sweet & Maxwell 2013)

M Bridge, L Gullifer, S Worthington and G McMeel, The Law of Personal Property (Sweet & Maxwell 2013)

H Beale, M Bridge, L Gullifer and E Lomnicka, The Law of Security and Title Finance (2nd edn Oxford University Press 2012)

L Gullifer and J Payne (eds), Intermediated Securities: Legal Problems and Practical Issues (Hart Publishing 2010)


L Gullifer, ‘Flawed Assets’ in G Virgo, S Worthington (ed), Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies (Cambridge University Press 2016)

L Gullifer, H Beale and S Paterson, ‘A Case for Interfering with Freedom of Contract? An Empirically-Informed Study of Bans on Assignment’ (2015) SSRN (forthcoming in Journal of Business Law)

L Gullifer, ‘Piecemeal reform: is it the answer?’ in Frederique Dahan (ed), Secured Lending in Commercial Transactions (Elgar Publishing 2015)

L Gullifer, ‘The interpretation of retention of title clauses: Wilson v Holt generates some difficulties. ‘ (2014) Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 564

L Gullifer, ‘What should we do about Financial Collateral?’ (2012) Current Legal Problems 377



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Postal Address
Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
United Kingdom