Professor Michael Furmston



Professor Michael Furmston is an internationally–acknowledged authority on contract and commercial law. The author of the leading textbook Cheshire Fifoot & Furmston on Contract (15th edition 2006) and Editor of the Construction Law Reports since 1985, his published work extends to 18 books and many dozens of articles, chapters and other contributions.

An eminent academic, he has taught at Oxford, where he was a Fellow of Lincoln College, at Bristol, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro Vice Chancellor, as well as other institutions of international standing. He was appointed Emeritus Professor at Bristol in 1998 and recently Dean and Professor at Singapore Management University’s School of Law.

Professor Furmston was called to the English Bar in 1960 (Gray’s Inn) and has been a Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 1989. He appeared in the House of Lords in Ruxley Electronics and Construction Ltd v Forsyth on the measure of damages for defective construction and has acted as consultant to many clients, owners, contractors and consultants on commercial and
construction law.

Practice Areas
  • Recent Cases
  • Editorial Work
Recent Cases

Current Appointments

  • Door Tenant, Keating Chambers, 2008
  • Dean, School of Law, Singapore Management University, August 2007
  • Professor of Law, Singapore Management University, July 2007

Previous Appointments

  • Lectureships in Law at Birmingham University and Queens University, Belfast
  • Lecturer in Law and Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford
  • Lecturer in Law, Council of Legal Education, London
  • Dean of Faculty of Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol (Emeritus Professor and
    Senior Research Fellow 1998)

Visiting Professional Appointments

  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • City University, London
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Melbourne Law School
Editorial Work
  • Editor, Construction Law Reports
  • Member, Editorial Board, Construction Law Journal
  • Member, Editorial Board, Professional Negligence
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of International Banking Law
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Contract Law
  • General Editor, Butterworths Law of Contract

Journal Articles

Numerous publications in:

  • Modern Law Review, International Comparative Law Quarterly
  • University of Toronto Law Journal, Northern Ireland Law Quarterly
  • Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Construction Law Journal
  • Journal of Contract Law, New Zealand Law Journal
  • Journal of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • (and many other journals)
Case Reports
Case Date