Catherine Mitchell


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Catherine would be interested in supervising research students on topics in commercial contract law, particularly contract interpretation and the role of commercial expectations and informal norms in contract law.

She has supervised students working on electronic contracting, EU contract law and the role of standard terms and conditions in business contracting.


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Personal profile


Catherine joined Birmingham Law School in 2016 after 23 years in the Law School at the University of Hull. She graduated in Law from the University of Essex in 1988. She also holds a Masters degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Aberdeen (1992).  She gained her PhD through published works in 2015. Her main teaching responsibilities are in Contract Law, Commercial Law and related subjects.  She became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. She was promoted to Professor at the beginning of 2023.

Research interests

Catherine's research interests lie primarily within the field of the private law of obligations. In particular all aspects of contract law including the nature and theory of contractual obligations, remedies, consumer and commercial contracts, and the relationship between contract, tort and restitution. She is also interested in legal theory, particularly legal reasoning, interpretation in law, and law and literature.

The research for her most recent monograph, Vanishing Contract Law (Cambridge University Press 2022), was supported by a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. Previous works include Contract Law And Contract Practice: Bridging The Gap Between Legal Reasoning And Commercial Expectation (Hart 2013), the first edition of Interpretation of Contracts (Routledge Cavendish 2007) and a second edition of the same work published by Routledge in 2018. In addition to books, she has published articles and short papers on a variety of contract issues: exclusion clauses, third party rights, restitutionary damages, entire agreement clauses, networks and contract law, and the law relating to behavioural obligations in contracts.

Her current projects include an examination of the effect of the covid crisis on contract law, and an investigation into the contract law aspects of the automation of contracting processes.  

External positions

Arts and Humanities Research Council

31 Mar 200131 Dec 2031


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