I am PhD candidate at the University of Bristol School of Law.
I read Law at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where I was elected to a scholarship and awarded a College Prize in Law. I then completed my LLM at University College, Durham, winning awards for achieving the highest mark on the LLM cohort and achieving the highest dissertation mark. I then spent a year at Durham as a Teaching Fellow, teaching, among other things, Contract Law, Commercial Law and Trusts Law.
Throughout my legal studies, I developed an interest in private law. I am particularly interested in how private law treats intangibles, an area which is growing in its conceptual and practical importance. Digitalisation has changed ownership and control of personal property, something which English law has struggled to properly address. Problems arise because English law relies extensively on possession as a proxy for ownership. Intangible property cannot be possessed under English law. My research considers the extent, if at all, to which intangible property can be accommodated by private law, particularly in the context of the sale of goods and the property torts. I ask whether the focus on possession is practically and theoretically defensible when categories of commercially valuable property fall outside the scope of pre-existing protections.