Nicholas Le Poidevin QC is a barrister at New Square Chambers, where he specialises in trusts and estate work. He is an editor of Lewin on Trusts and is currently producing an edition of John Bryt’s early fifteenth century reports for the Selden Society.

Vice Presidents

Professor Paul Brand FBA is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he was Senior Research Fellow from 1999 to 2014. He has written extensively on English medieval legal history and is the editor of four Selden Society volumes.

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in January 2017, having served as a Justice of the High Court since 2007.

Literary Director

Dr Neil Jones is Reader in English Legal History at the University of Cambridge, and is Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at Magdalene College. He has written widely on the history of the law of trusts and was the recipient of the Selden Society’s David Yale Prize in 2003.


Professor Michael Lobban FBA is Professor of Legal History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has written widely on the history of English legal thought and legal practice in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Professor Catharine  MacMillan is Professor of Private Law  at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, London. She is the author of a number of works on the history of private law.

Overseas Honorary Secretaries and Treasurers

Australia: Mr David Bratchford, Supreme Court Library, Brisbane, Queensland.
Canada: Professor Margaret McGlynn, University of Western Ontario.
New Zealand: Professor Warren Swain, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland.
United States: Professor Joshua Tate (Treasurer), Mr Gregory Ivy (Secretary), Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas.

Members of the Council

Mr David Ainger
The Hon. Morris S. Arnold
Mr Richard Bagley
Sir John Baker
Dr Susanne Brand
His Hon. Donald Cryan
Dr David Crook
Dr Sean Cunningham
Professor Charles Donahue, Jr.
Professor George Garnett
Professor Joshua Getzler
Dr Elizabeth Goldring
Professor Richard H. Helmholz, F.B.A.
Mr John Howell, Q.C.
Professor J.G.H. Hudson, F.B.A
Professor D.J. Ibbetson, F.B.A.
Mr Nicholas Le Poidevin, QC
The Rev. Professor A.D.E. Lewis
Professor Janet Loengard
Professor Catharine Macmillan
Dr Michael Macnair
Dr John Maddicott, F.B.A.
Professor Wilfrid Prest, A.M.
Professor Rebecca Probert
Professor Gwen Seabourne
Professor Chantal Stebbings
Professor Joshua Tate
Mr A. C. Taussig
The Rev. Professor T.G. Watkin, Q.C.
Dr Ian Williams