Professor Louise Gullifer FBA

National and transnational commercial and financial law; law relating to secured transactions, debt corporate finance, corporate insolvency, set-off and personal property

Elected 2019

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Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Professor Louise Gullifer QC (Hon) FBA is Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She is an associate member of 3VB, where she practiced for a number of years, and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.  

She teaches and writes extensively in all areas of commercial and financial law, especially secured transactions and financial collateral, intermediated securities, set-off and personal property. She is the editor of Goode and Gullifer on Legal Problems of Credit and Security and has co-authored a number of books on commercial law and debt financing. Her most recent co-edited volume is Intermediation and Beyond (2019), which considers the advantages and disadvantages of the holding of securities through the intermediated system, and the way forward.  She is currently co-director of a project on digital assets, and is writing and editing a series of books on secured transactions law and reform around the world, of which the volume on Africa will be published in 2019.  She has acted as an expert witness in cases concerning set-off, intermediated securities and insolvency law.

She was the founding director of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College and executive director of the Secured Transaction Law Reform Project, as well as the Oxford academic lead of the Cape Town Convention Academic Project. She was the UK delegate to both UNCITRAL (working group VI) during its work on secured transactions, and is one of the UK delegates to the UNIDROIT conferences on the Cape Town Convention.She is co-chair of the Academic Committee of the International Insolvency Institute and a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law.

Current post

University of Cambridge Rouse Ball Professor of English Law

Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge Fellow

Past appointments

Universidad Carlos III, Madrid Chair of Excellence

2017 - 2017

City University, Hong Kong Visiting Professor

2017 - 2017

National University of Singapore Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visiting Professor

2016 - 2016

Columbia Law School Visiting Professor

2014 - 2014

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Visiting Professor

2012 - 2014

University of Oxford Professor of Commercial Law

2011 - 2019

Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford Fellow

2000 - 2019

Brasenose College, Oxford Tutorial Fellow

1994 - 1997

3 Gray’s Inn Place Tenant

1985 - 1990

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