Dr Andrew Hicks

Lecturer and Skills Integration Co-ordinator

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 465748

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.

Dr Hicks is currently applying cognitive and social psychology concepts to better understand the role of law in the regulation of fiduciaries.


Research Interests

  • Use of cognitive and social psychology to better understand the role of law in regulating fiduciaries
  • Fiduciary law
  • Restitution
  • The law of trusts


Birkinshaw P and Hicks A, ‘The Law and Public Information: Quality, Access and Re-use: Comparative Legal Analysis - the UK’, Il Regime dei Dati Pubblici (The System of Public Data), Ponti B (ed), Maggioli Editore (2008)

Hicks A, ‘The Remedial Principle of Keech v Sandford Reconsidered’, Cambridge Law Journal, 69, 287 (2010) 

Hicks A, ‘Constructive Trusts of Fiduciary Gain: Lister Revived?’, Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 57 (2011)

Hicks A, ‘Proprietary Relief and the Order in Boardman v Phipps’, Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 232 (2013)

Hicks A, ‘Proprietary Relief in Boardman v Phipps’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 65, 1 (2014)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Introduction to Law and its Study
  • Law of Trusts
  • Dissertation (Semester 1)
  • Dissertation (Semester 2)

Research PhDs

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 fiduciaries; the law of trusts, particularly breach of trust and proprietary claims; and behavioural law and economics / cognitive and social psychological approaches to law.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Higher Education Teaching Certificate (1998)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hull)
  • PhD (Hull)

Awards and accolades

Andrew's work on proprietary claims to gains acquired in breach of fiduciary obligation is widely cited. His article “The Remedial Principle of Keech v Sandford Reconsidered” (2010) 69 Cambridge Law Journal 287 was cited by the Court of Appeal (Lord Neuberger MR, Richards & Hughes LJJ) in Sinclair Investments (UK) Ltd v Versailles Trade Finance Ltd (in administration) [2011] EWCA Civ 347, [2012] Ch 453 [58], [81].