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Goff, Robert, 1926-2016

Publications • • Jack Beatson FBA

Robert Goff, Lord Goff of Chieveley, will be remembered as a master of common law technique, a creative and original scholar, and for twenty-three years a judge of the highest distinction, latterly as Senior Law Lord at the apex of the UK’s legal system. As a scholar, he, with Professor Gareth Jones, disinterred the law of restitution in England and Wales and in their 1966 book The Law of Restitution sought to place it on a principled basis. As a judge, he was involved in many fundamentally important decisions at all levels and was pivotal in the authoritative acceptance by the House of Lords in Lipkin Gorman v Karpnale Ltd of restitution as an independent branch of law founded on the principle of unjust enrichment.

Posted to Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy, XVIII


Number of pages: 34 (pages 241-273)

Publication date: 23 Oct 2019

Author: Jack Beatson FBA