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25 January 2024

Professor James Lee elected as an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple

Congratulations to Professor James Lee, of The Dickson Poon School of Law, who has been elected as an Academic Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

James Lee Inner Temple
Professor James Lee (centre right) meets HRH Anne, The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO, Royal Bencher of the Inner Temple (centre left), with The Honourable Mr Justice Constable, Governing Bencher (left), and Professor Martin Elliott MD FRCS, Honorary Bencher (right). Photo Credit: Miranda Parry.

The Inner Temple is one of the four membership associations for barristers, providing legal training, resources and regulation to support them in their careers.   

‘Masters of the Bench’ or ‘Benchers’ are senior members of each Inn. The Inn has an important commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and social mobility for talented students from all backgrounds to have access to the Bar. It was granted a Royal Charter in 1608, and Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is Royal Bencher.

In electing Academic Benchers, the Inn seeks to appoint ‘academics of outstanding ability and distinction and, in doing so, produce an even stronger academic ethos within the Inn’. In James’ case, his election was ‘in recognition of his track record of academic excellence and contributions to the Inn and the Bar and judiciary of England & Wales’.

As an Academic Bencher, James will be invited to sit on committees, offer strategic advice, and contribute to the education activities of the Inn.

It is a tremendous honour to be elected as an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple, alongside eminent colleagues, as I have been fortunate to have had an association with Inn since being in its first cohort of Academic Fellows in 2010. I look forward very much to working with fellow Benchers, barrister and student members to deepen links and widen participation.

Professor James Lee, Professor of English Law.

James Lee is Professor of English Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law, where he teaches a range of private law subjects, and served as the School’s Vice-Dean (Education) from 2019-2022. James regularly lectures on tort law for the Judicial College of England & Wales, and he is an academic member of the Property Litigation Association, Chancery Bar Association and the Property Bar Association.

In terms of research, James’ main interests are in judicial reasoning in appellate courts, law reform and private law. His current project explores the interrelationship between legal institutions and legal change, and his recent Current Legal Problems article on this topic has been cited by the Law Commission in its 2023 book Inside Modern Law Reform. With Jamie Glister, he is Co-Editor of Hanbury & Martin’s Modern Equity, the leading Trusts textbook, which was recently cited by the United Kingdom Supreme Court. He is one of the General Editors of Legal Studies, the flagship journal of the Society of Legal Scholars.

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James Lee

Professor of English Law