The UNSW School of Private and Commercial Law Seminar Series was launched in 2023 with the goal of bringing together leading academics, judges and practitioners to discuss and debate contemporary issues across the fields of private and commercial law.

On 4 March 2024, the School was delighted to host the second seminar in this series, by Professor Charles Mitchell (University College London), held at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright.

Professor Mitchell’s seminar was titled “Knowing Receipt after Byers”, on the complex issue of when liability will attach to parties who receive title to misapplied trust property, or title to property in unauthorised transactions initiated by those who owe duties of due administration. In an incisive presentation, Professor Mitchell critiqued the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom’s recent decisions on “knowing receipt” in Akers v Samba Financial Group (2017) and Byers v Saudi National Bank (2023), and proposed alternate ways of understanding the outcomes in these decisions. There was a lively and engaged Q&A session, which was continued over drinks and canapes after the event.

The School extends its thanks to Nuncio D’Angelo, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, for chairing the seminar and for generously agreeing to host the seminar, to Renee Sorras (Norton Rose Fulbright) and Tam Allenby (UNSW) for their organisation of the event, and to Associate Professor Jessica Hudson for hosting Professor Mitchell’s visit to the UNSW School of Private and Commercial Law.

We hope you will join us at the next SPCL Seminar later in 2024.