Professor James Lee

Professor; Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple

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James Lee is Professor and Vice-Dean (Education) at The Dickson Poon School of Law. Prior to joining King's College London in September 2014, he previously taught at the universities of Reading and Birmingham. James’ principal areas of research interests are in respect of private law, law reform and judicial reasoning in appellate courts. His research has been judicially cited, including recently by the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Singapore Court of Appeal. In July 2015, James co-organised a major international conference on the 50th anniversary of the Law Commissions at the UK Supreme Court.  

He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple and is an Officer of the Society of Legal Scholars as Subject Sections Secretary. He lectures for the Judicial College on the law of tort. 


Tort; Trusts; Unjust Enrichment; Judicial reasoning; Law reform

Qualifications, Appointments

BA (Hons); BCL

(Balliol College, Oxford)

Associate Academic Fellow, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Academic Member of the Property Litigation Association, the Chancery Bar Association and the Property Bar Association.


Co-Editor (with Jamie Glister), Hanbury and Martin: Modern Equity, Sweet & Maxwell Classics Series, 21st Edition, 2018

Co-Editor (with Matthew Dyson and Shona Wilson Stark), Fifty Years of the Law Commissions – the Dynamics of Law Reform (Hart, 2016)

‘Trends in Tort Law: Bad Form and Addictive Substance?’ in A Robertson and J Goudkamp (eds), Form and Substance in the Law of Obligations (Hart, forthcoming 2019)

‘Illegality, Familiarity and the Law Commission’ in S Green and A Bogg (eds), Illegality after Patel v Mirza (Hart, 2018), 131

‘Tax, Equity and Artificiality’ (2017) 31 Trusts Law International 219

‘The Commercialisation of Equity’ (with Man Yip), (2017) 37(4) Legal Studies 647

‘The Judicial Individuality of Lord Sumption’, (2017) 40(2) University of New South Wales Law Journal 862