Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Contact Details

Dr David Pearce


Before becoming an academic, I practised as a solicitor at a London firm where I undertook a broad range of commercial work.

From practice, I went to the University of Exeter to read for a PhD. In my thesis I explored the extent to which English law recognises a duty to perform a contract and the scope of liability which arises when that duty is breached.


Research Interests

My written work focuses on the nature and scope of contractual rights and remedies, and their relationship with proprietary rights and remedies.


I currently teach Contract and Tort.

PhD Supervision

I would be happy to supervise suitable students who intend to study aspects of the English law of obligations.

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • Pearce D, Halson DR, ‘Damages for Breach of Contract: Compensation, Restitution, and Vindication’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 28 (2008), 73-98

  • Pearce D, ‘Remedies for Breach of a Keep-Open Covenant’, Journal of Contract Law, 24 (2008), 199-225

  • Honeyball SE, Pearce D, ‘Contract, Employment and the Contract of Employment’, Industrial Law Journal, 35.1 (2006), 30-55
    DOI: 10.1093/indlaw/dwj002


  • Pearce D, ‘Property and contract: where are we?’, in New Perspectives on Property Law, Obligations and Restitution, ed. by Hudson A (Cavendish, 2004), 87-116

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