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Magdalene College Cambridge

Professor Neil Jones

Professor Neil Jones is Professor of English Legal History and Director of Studies in Law (Part IA). He supervises undergraduates in Land Law and Legal History.

Professor Neil Jones read Law as an undergraduate at Peterhouse, Cambridge, going on to take the LLM degree in 1990. He began research for his PhD degree at Peterhouse, moving to Clare College in 1992 as the William Senior Research Student, and moved to Magdalene in 1994 as a Research Fellow in English Legal History.

He is now a Professor in English Legal History in the Faculty of Law and a Co-Director of the Centre for English Legal History. He supervises undergraduates in Legal History and Land Law, and lectures on Legal History both in the Law Tripos and in LLM Course. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Law. He has been Director of Studies in Law at Magdalene since 1997.


Research Interests

Professor Jones’s research interests are in English Legal History in the early-modern period, with a particular focus on equity, trusts, conveyancing, and the royal feudal revenue.


MA (Cantab.), LLM, PhD

Career/Research Highlights

1990  Chancellor’s Medal for English Law, University of Cambridge

1996  Yorke Prize, University of Cambridge

2003  David Yale Prize, Selden Society

2011  Sutherland Prize, American Society for Legal History

Professional Affiliations

Literary Director of the Selden Society.

Key Publications

Wills, Trusts and Trusting from the Statute of Uses to Lord Nottingham’ (2010) 31 Journal of Legal History, 273-298 (awarded the American Society for Legal History's Sutherland Prize 2011)

The Use upon a Use in Equity Revisited’ (2002) 33 Cambrian Law Review, 67-80 (awarded the Selden Society's David Yale Prize 2003)

‘Trusts in England after the Statute of Uses: A View from the 16th Century’, in Richard Helmholz and Reinhard Zimmermann, eds, Itinera Fiduciae: Trust and Treuhand in Historical Perspective (Berlin, 1998), pp. 173-205