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Millett St Marylebone, The Rt Hon Lord

The Right Hon. Lord Millett was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1973. He served as a Judge of the High Court of Justice 1986–94, a Lord Justice of Appeal 1994–98 and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary 1998–2004. He continues to sit on the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong, having been appointed in 2000. Lord Millett has published numerous influential articles on equity and commercial law, including, as Queen’s Counsel, ‘The Quistclose Trust: Who Can Enforce it?’ (1985) 101 LQR 269 and his very influential article on Lister v. Stubbs (1890) 45 Ch D 1, ‘Tracing the Proceeds of Fraud’ (1991) 107 LQR 71, which was heavily relied upon by the Privy Council in departing from that decision in Attorney General for Hong Kong v. Reid [1994] 1 AC 324. Other major contributions include ‘Restitution and Constructive Trusts’, published in a book of essays in honour of Professor Gareth Jones, Cornish et al. (eds), Restitution Past, Present & Future (Hart Publishing, 1998). Lord Millett is widely considered to be the leading equity judge of his generation in England.
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Mcpherson Lecture Series Vol 1: On Villainy

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This book is the first volume in an annual series inaugurated by the University of Queensland's TC Beirne Law School. Inspired by the famous Hamlyn Lecture Series in England, the McPherson Lecture Series hosts a celebrated international scholar or legal expert to deliver a series of three lectures. In this book, Lord Millett, the leading equity judge of his generation, examines the legal issues and ramifications of identity theft and financial fraud. In the first of these three gripping essays, Lord Millett deconstructs Shakespeare's classic play, The Merchant of Venice. By examining the pivotal trial scene in which Portia, posing as a judge, uses adversarial techniques to decide the case, he discusses how the law of contract and equity is manipulated when determining the outcome of the now oft-quoted 'pound of flesh' bond. In the second essay, Lord Millett examines the nature of circular financial transactions and traces the case law from the early years to modern times. The final essay considers fraudulent impersonation, its escalation and its effect on contracts in the modern era as transactions become increasingly reliant on PINs, codes and account numbers. These thought-provoking essays explore the nature of identity theft, fraudulent impersonation and money loops in the modern world, as well as offering a fascinating examination of their historical roots. Contents: • Identity theft / fraudulent impersonation • Financial fraud • Circular transactions