School of Law and Politics

Dr Andrew Hicks



Andrew Hicks


Skills Integration Co-ordinator
Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 5748
Office: 408 Wilberforce
Qualifications LLB (Hull), PhD (Hull)


Dr Andrew Hicks has been a lecturer in the Law School since 1998. He researches primarily in the fields of fiduciary law, restitution, the law of trusts and behavioural economics. His recent research examined the role of the constructive trust as a remedy for acquisitive breaches of fiduciary obligation. His article “The Remedial Principle of Keech v Sandford Reconsidered” (2010) 69 Cambridge Law Journal 287 was cited by Lord Neuberger MR in Sinclair Investments (UK) Ltd v Versailles Trade Finance Ltd (in administration) [2011] EWCA Civ 347, [2012] Ch 453 [58], [81]. Andrew’s current research draws upon cognitive and social psychology and behavioural economics to better understand the role of equitable doctrines in the regulation of fiduciaries.

Andrew currently convenes and teaches on the following modules: Skills for Law, Law of Trusts, Dissertation (Semester 1 and Semester 2). He is also the Law School’s Skills Development Co-Ordinator.

Selected Publications

Chapters in edited collections

  • Birkinshaw P and Hicks A, ‘The Law and Public Information: Quality, Access and Re-use: Comparative Legal Analysis - the UK’ in Ponti B (ed), Il regime dei dati pubblici (The system of public data) (Maggioli Editore 2008)

Articles in refereed journals

  • Hicks A, ‘The Remedial Principle of Keech v Sandford Reconsidered’ (2010) 69 Cambridge Law Journal 287
  • Hicks A, ‘Constructive Trusts of Fiduciary Gain: Lister Revived?’ [2011] Conveyancer & Property Lawyer 57
  • Hicks A, ‘Proprietary Relief and the Order in Boardman v Phipps’ [2013] Conveyancer & Property Lawyer 232
  • Hicks A, ‘Proprietary Relief in Boardman v Phipps’ (2014) 65 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 1


Andrew’s research interests are primarily in the areas of fiduciary law, restitution and the law of trusts. His current research involves an examination of the justifications for proprietary claims to gains acquired in breach of fiduciary obligation. He is also working on a behavioural economics/behavioural ethics analysis of fiduciary obligation.

PhD Supervision

Andrew is keen to hear from prospective research students who wish to pursue doctoral research in any of the following areas: Fiduciary law, particularly the nature and theory of fiduciary obligation and the regulation of fiduciary decision-making; the law of trusts, particularly breach of trust and constructive trusts; restitution, particularly proprietary restitutionary claims.



  • Skills for Law 
  • Law of Trusts
  • Dissertation (Semester 1)
  • Dissertation (Semester 2)
  • Researching the law
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