Professor Howard Bennett

Professor Howard Bennett

Practice Profile

Howard Bennett read English and French Law at King’s College, London and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).

After reading for the Bar, he pursued postgraduate studies, again at King’s College, before becoming a lecturer at the University of Nottingham in 1989. He was appointed to the Hind Chair of Commercial Law in 2001.

Areas of Expertise

Howard Bennett’s research and teaching interests lie in shipping and maritime law, insurance law (with a particular interest in marine insurance law), the law of international trade finance, general contract law, personal property law, and the law of agency. He is the author of The Law of Marine Insurance (2nd edition 2006) and co-editor of and contributor to Vulnerable Transactions in Corporate Insolvency (2003). He is a member of the authorial teams of Benjamin’s Sale of Goods (8th ed, 2010), with responsibility for the chapters relating to international trade finance, and Scrutton on Charterparties and Bills of Lading (22nd edition, 2011). He has contributed essays to collections on marine insurance law, charterparties, and personal property law, and is the author of several articles in leading journals. He is a member of the editorial board of the Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. He is currently writing a short book on the law of agency and is involved in a new practitioner treatise on charterparties.


Research interests in international trade and shipping law (particular marine insurance law), insurance and reinsurance law, general contract law and secured transactions law.