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Dr Julius Grower

Ann Smart Fellow in Law


Julius’ research interests include equity (and in particular those parts of it affecting the law of obligations) and commercial law (including the laws of contract, tort, and unjust enrichment as they form parts of it).


Julius is an equity lawyer, with a specific interest in equity’s role within the law of obligations. His research usually focuses on the interaction between the law of fiduciaries and the laws of contract, tort, and unjust enrichment. He has published papers on agency, fiduciary misfeasance, and constructive trusts. His ongoing research relates to the maxim that “equity will not perfect an imperfect gift” (and several of the exceptions to it) and, more widely, to the nature of equity as a distinct part of our legal system.

Born and raised in Highgate, North London, Julius received his BA from the University of Oxford in 2012 and his LLM from UCL in 2013. In 2014 he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. Between 2014 and 2018, he worked as a Teaching Fellow at UCL, where at various times he taught contract law, tort law, commercial law, trusts law, and tax law.

In 2016, as a Peter Birks Memorial Scholar, Julius began writing his thesis – also at UCL – under the supervision of Professors Ben McFarlane and Charles Mitchell. Completed in 2021, the purpose of his PhD was to demystify some of the confusion which surrounds the general understanding of the modern law of breach of fiduciary duty and the modern law of undue influence by explaining that the way in which the courts have understood each of those two doctrines has changed over time.

In 2018, Julius joined Jesus College, Cambridge as a College Lecturer and as the Yates Glazebrook Fellow in Law. For four years he supervised students in equity, contract, and (occasionally) tort. From 2019, he also lectured (as an Affiliated Lecturer) on the undergraduate equity, commercial, and land law courses.

Julius joined St Hugh’s in 2022 as a Tutorial Fellow in combination with his appointment as an Associate Professor at the University’s Law Faculty. He provides tutorials in trusts, contract, and commercial law.

Other Interests

Arsenal Football Club, cricket (watching and playing), poetry, the Groucho Club.


  • ‘Better Left to the Legislature? Notes on a Nagging Doubt Over the Legal Recognition of Cryptoassets’ in S Agnew and M Smith (eds), Law at the Cutting Edge: Essays in Honour of Sarah Worthington (Hart Publishing, 2024) 301.
  • ‘Imperfect Gifts and Two Separate Doctrines’ [2024] Private Client Business 1.
  • ‘Time to Call Time on the Quistclose Trust’ (2023) 87 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 109.
  • ‘A Gain is as Good as a Loss… to a Bound Fiduciary’ (2022) 81 Cambridge Law Journal 235.
  • ‘The Tort of Bribery Bares its Teeth’ (2022) 138 Law Quarterly Review 15.
  • ‘Explaining Informal Trusts of Land’ (2021) 85 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 326.
  • ‘The Overlap of Equity and Contract’ (2021) 137 Law Quarterly Review 573.
  • ‘What Does it Mean to be a Fiduciary?’ (2021) 80 Cambridge Law Journal 21.
  • ‘Equivalent to Contract? Confronting the Nature of the Duty Arising under Hedley Byrne v Heller’ (2019) 135 Law Quarterly Review 177 (with Orestis F Sherman)
  • Book Review: Equity and Administration [2018] Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 185.
  • ‘On the Relations between Agent and Principal: Angove’s Pty Ltd v Bailey’ (2018) 81 Modern Law Review 141.
  • ‘Explaining the “Pallant v Morgan Equity”’ (2016) 80 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 434.



Julius Grower, St Hugh's Tutorial Fellow in Law
Ann Smart Fellow in Law
Academic - Fellows & Lecturers