Professor Duncan Sheehan
- Position: Professor of Business Law
- Areas of expertise: unjust enrichment; trusts; personal property law
- Email: D.K.Sheehan@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 9936
- Location: 2.38 Liberty Building
I joined the Law School in January 2016 after 14 years at the University of East Anglia, where I was, successively, lecturer and senior lecturer in law and finally Professor of Commercial Law, and where I was for three years deputy Head of School. I joined UEA from doing my doctorate on payments by mistake of law at the University of Oxford under the supervision of the late Professor Peter Birks after completing both my undergraduate degree and the BCL there. I am currently REF UoA Lead for the Law School, having previously acted as the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies for the Law School in which role I was a member of the School Management Team.
I am Honorary Membership Secretary of the Society of Legal Scholars for a five year term until 2021 and previously acted as subject section convenor for Restitution for four years, as well as on the Society's Research Committee. While at UEA I was for ten years SLS Council Representative for the School. I am a member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project for which I have written two policy discussion papers on Priorities and on Inventory and Supply Chain Finance based on my research. I am an academic member of the Chancery Bar Association. I sit on the Advisory Group to the City of London Law Society’s Secured Transactions Code Project, and previous to that worked with the Law Commission on the Advisory Group for their Bills of Sale Project. I was appointed to the AHRC Peer Review College in June 2014 and my term will end in December 2021. I was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland in March and April 2014.
- REF Unit of Assessment Lead
I am interested in trusts and personal property law, especially secured transactions law. I am also interested in the law of unjust enrichment, and examine many of the issues involved from a comparative perspective, looking particularly at the mixed jurisdictions: Scotland and South Africa. I also examine the underlying philosophical rationale for the law of unjust enrichment and specific unjust factors. I have a particular recent interest in the application of the philosophy of action to the law, although I have a wider interest in private law theory more generally.
- Society of Legal Scholars
- Chancery Bar Association
I teach Trusts at undergraduate level and International Credit & Security Law, and Principles of International Finance at postgraduate level. I have also taught widely across commercial and private law subjects including at PG level, International Trade Finance and at UG level, Contract, Land Law, Restitution, Company law and Commercial law.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Business Law and Practice