Aston University Professor Jill Poole Memorial Lecture Series

A series of lectures delivered annually by members of the legal profession and hosted by Aston Law School.  Each lecture is held in memory of Aston Law School’s first Dean of Law, Professor Jill Poole, and focuses on a topic or an issue within commercial law.

Professor Poole was Dean of Aston Law School from 2009 until she died in 2016. She published widely on commercial law, including multiple editions of textbooks on contract law with Oxford University Press, and was recognised as an inspirational teacher, scholar, and mentor.

Jill Poole


Illegality After Patel v Mirza by Lord Burrows.

Watch the lecture here.


Contractual Estoppel: The Case for Coherent Principles by Mrs Justice Cockerill.

Watch the lecture here. 


“It’s Just Not Fair!” Fairness and Discretion in Business Law by Lord Justice Snowden.

Watch the lecture here.


Women in Commercial Law by Lady Justice Carr.

The lecture is published here and in the Journal of Business Law at (2020) 2 JBL 91.


Negotiation in Good Faith: Adapting to Changing Circumstances in Contracts and English Contract Law by Lord Leggatt.

The lecture is published here and in the Journal of Business Law at (2019) 2 JBL 104.


Keeping Commercial Law Up to Date by Lord Thomas.

The lecture is published here and in R Merkin and J Devenney (eds), Essays in Memory of Professor Jill Poole: Coherence, Modernisation and Integration in Contract, Commercial and Corporate Laws (Routledge 2019).