Andrew Burrows
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Andrew Burrows

Andrew Burrows, Lord Burrows, QC (born 17 April 1957[1]) is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Professor of the Law of England and senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. His work centres on private law. He is the main editor of the compendium English Private Law and the convenor of the advisory group that produced A Restatement of the English Law of Unjust Enrichment as well as textbooks on English contract law. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on 2 June 2020; he was the first Supreme Court judge to be appointed directly from academia.


Burrows was educated at Prescot Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he received his MA (First Class, Martin Wronker Prize for the best result in Law Finals 1978) and took the BCL (First Class).[2] He then studied for an LL.M. degree at Harvard University. He was a lecturer at the University of Manchester from 1980 to 1986, a fellow and lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 1986 to 1994, a visiting Professor at Bond University and research fellow at ANU in 1994, and a Law Commissioner for England and Wales from 1994 to 1999.[3] He was then appointed as the Norton Rose Professor of Commercial Law at St Hugh's College, Oxford, before his present position at All Souls. In 2007 he was appointed as a Deputy High-Court judge, sitting in the Commercial Court, having previously been a Recorder in both criminal and civil cases.[4] From 2015 to 2016, he was President of The Society of Legal Scholars. In 2015 he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College.[5]

In private practice, Burrows was a door tenant of Fountain Court Chambers, London. He has appeared in a number of court cases, and was appointed an honorary QC in 2003.

Burrows' work has proved particularly popular amongst judges, with Baroness Hale, then President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, having commented that "there are few, if any, legal scholars whose writings are more frequently cited in our courts".[6]

Burrows took up appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on 2 June 2020. He is the second Justice (after Lord Sumption) to have been appointed without first having served as a full-time judge, and the first Justice to be appointed directly from academia.[7]



  • A Restatement of the English Law of Unjust Enrichment (OUP 2012)
  • English Private Law
  • Cases and Materials on Contract Law (3rd edn Hart 2010)
  • The Law of Restitution (OUP 2011)
  • Anson's Law of Contract (OUP 2010) (with Jack Beatson and John Cartwright)
  • Cases and Materials on the Law of Restitution (OUP 2006) (with Ewan McKendrick and James Edelman)
  • Remedies for Torts and Breach of Contract (Clarendon 2004)


  1. ^ BURROWS, Prof. Andrew Stephen, Who's Who 2015, A & C Black, 2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  2. ^ "Professor Andrew Burrows QC". Fountain Court Chambers.
  3. ^ "Andrew Burrows QC". Oxford University Faculty of Law. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Swearing in of Lord Burrows as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom".
  5. ^ "Honorary Fellows". Brasenose College, Oxford. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Hamlyn Lecture 2017 - Andrew Burrows - Statutory Interpretation". 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Swearing-in of The Right Honourable Professor Burrows QC as Justice of the Supreme Court". Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. 2 June 2020.

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