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Richard Nolan



Professor Richard Nolan
MA (Cantab), Barrister


I joined York Law School in September 2012.

Previously I was Reader in Corporate & Trust Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s College, where I taught for 19 years.  I have given courses and papers as a visiting academic elsewhere in England, and abroad in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore and the US.  I have advised on law reform in several projects by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Law Commission for England and Wales. 

I am also a barrister and Door Tenant (a part-time practitioner) at Erskine Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, which is widely regarded as the leading corporate law set of chambers in the United Kingdom.  Before I became an academic, I qualified and practised as a solicitor with Macfarlanes, a leading firm in the City of London. 



  • Trust Law
  • Corporate Law 
  • The development of transactional law


  • The relationship between contract and knowing receipt
  • The use of trusts in a commercial context 
  • Philosophy of the Chancery Jurisdiction
  • The control of power in private law


Selected publications

  • Regal (Hastings) Ltd v Gulliver (1942)” pp. 499-528, chapter 17 in Landmark Cases in Equity (2012, eds C. Mitchell & P. Mitchell)
  • “Good faith:  What does it Mean for Fiduciaries and What does it Tell us about Them?” (with M.D.J. Conaglen) pp. 319–342 in Exploring Private Law (2010, eds. M. Harding & L. Bant) 
  • Snell’s Equity (2010, ed J. McGhee QC), chapters 10, 11, 27, 28, 29 and 40 
  • “The Continuing Evolution of Shareholder Governance” [2006] Cambridge Law Journal 92–126 
  • “Equitable Property” (2006) 122 Law Quarterly Review 240–273
  • “The Legal Control of Directors’ Conflicts of Interest in the United Kingdom:  Non-Executive Directors Following the Higgs Report” (2005) 6 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 363–412 (republished as Chapter 11 in After Enron, ed. J. McCahery)
  • “Property in a Fund” (2004) 120 Law Quarterly Review 108–136
  • “Indirect Investors:  A Greater Say in the Company?” [2003] Journal of Corporate Law Studies 73–101 (with appendices at pp. 102–121)

External activities


  • Director of Juris Angliae Scientia Ltd, a charity which facilitates the teaching of English and EU Law in Central and Eastern Europe 
  • Visiting appointments held at the National University of Singapore, the University of Auckland, the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne

Editorial duties

  • Founding and continuing member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Corporate Law Studies
  • Contributing Editor, Buckley on the Companies Acts
  • Contributing Editor, Snell’s Equity

Contact details

Professor Richard Nolan
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5815