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Paul Matthews

Professor Paul Matthews

Honorary Professor

Research interests

  • Law


Education: LLB 1977 London; BCL 1979 Oxon; LLD 1996 London. Qualifications: Barrister (GI) 1981; Solicitor 1987 (Ireland 1997); Solicitor Advocate 2001 (Higher Courts Civil). Other: FRSA; FRSM. Prizes: Charlotte Ashby, Andrews, Prizes UCL; CLE Prize; Mackaskie Award; Mould Scholarship (Gray’s Inn).  Current posts: Visiting Professor 1995- ; Deputy Chairman, the Trust Law Committee, 2005- ; Judge (part-time) of the Court of Trusts and Fiduciary Relations, Republic of San Marino, 2014- ; Specialist Civil Circuit Judge (Chancery), 2017- . Formerly: Lecturer 1979-83, Visiting Lecturer 1985-86, UCL; Visiting Lecturer 1981-84, City University; Partner, 1987-92, consultant 1992-96, Hopkins & Wood; Visiting Senior Lecturer 1991-94, KCL; Visiting Lecturer 1991-99 Institut du Droit des Affaires, Université Aix-Marseille; Deputy Coroner 1994-2002 City of London; Consultant, Withers, London, 1996-2015; HM Coroner, City of London, 2002-16; Trustee, The David Isaacs Fund (registered charity), 2003-2017; Deputy Chancery Master 2008-15; Visiting Professor, Jersey Institute of Law, 2009-13; Referent, Universität Liechtenstein, 2010-15; Recorder (Civil) 2010-17; Chancery Master 2015-17. Editorial posts: Assistant Editor 1995-2011, Joint Editor 2005-11, Trust Law International; Editorial Board, Jersey and Guernsey Law Review, 1997-  .

Research interests

Property law, Trusts, Inheritance law, Restitution, Comparative law (especially property trust and inheritance law), Jersey and Guernsey, Coroners’ Law.  


  • The compatibility of the trust with the civil law notion of property, in (ed) Smith, The Worlds of the Trust, CUP, 2013; Jervis on Coroners, 13th ed 2014, Sweet & Maxwell (also 10th ed 1986, 11th ed 1993, 12th ed 2002);
  • Underhill & Hayton, Law of Trusts and Trustees (with D Hayton and C Mitchell), 19th edition 2015 (also 17th ed 2006, 18th ed 2010), LexisNexis Butterworths;
  • A commentary on Langbein, Why the rule in Saunders v Vautier is wrong, in (ed) Turner, Equity and Administration, CUP, 2016;
  • Disclosure (with H M Malek QC), 5th ed 2017, Sweet & Maxwell (also 1st ed 1992, 2nd ed  2000, 3rd ed 2007, 4th ed 2012).


LLM International and Comparative Trust Law