A collection of essays in honour of Ewan McKendrick KC, to mark his retirement from his Chair at Oxford University, has been published by Oxford University Press. The Festschrift, entitled Shaping the Law of Obligations, analyses particular and pressing controversies in contract, torts, unjust enrichment, and commercial law and provides practical context to key issues in the laws of obligation.
Ewan was Professor of Private Law and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall from 2000 to 2021. During that time, he held a number of senior leadership roles in the University including Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Education and Registrar, alongside his career as a leading private law academic and practice as a barrister at 3VB.
A wide range of jurists contributed to the book including those who taught Ewan, who taught with Ewan and were taught by Ewan, as well as colleagues in chambers. Ali Malek KC provided a preface on ‘Ewan McKendrick at the bar’, Adam Kramer KC contributed a chapter on contractual interpretation entitled ‘Meaning, Intention, and Disembodied Spirits’ and William Day wrote chapter on the law governing discharge of contracts for supervening events entitled ‘Shades of Frustration’.
Shaping the Law of Obligations was published by in late November 2023 edited by Edwin Peel and Rebecca Probert. The book was presented to Ewan at an event in Gray’s Inn earlier this week. Ewan continues in practice at 3VB.