Hart Publishing, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, has published Challenging Private Law: Lord Sumption on the Supreme Court edited by William Day and Sarah Worthington. The book follows a conference held at Trinity College by the Cambridge Private Law Centre in October 2019.

Lord Sumption has undoubtedly been one of the most influential judges of his generation. This book critically reflects on some important and controversial issues raised by his jurisprudence.

The book covers a broad range of areas in private law including contract, tort, unjust enrichment, equity, company and commercial law, as well as private international law and civil procedure. Using Lord Sumption’s judgments and extra-judicial lectures as a starting point, the book contains a selection of essays that consider ‘where next’ in relation to topics such as:

  • contract variation, damages and penalties
  • economic loss and personal injury in tort law
  • knowing receipt and proprietary restitution
  • illegality in private law
  • agency and attribution
  • piercing the corporate veil
  • foreign law in the English courts
  • legal professional privilege

A number of members of Fountain Court contributed to the collection:

More information about this book is available here.