Professor Joshua Getzler


Professor Joshua Getzler is a tutorial fellow in law at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. He joined Cornerstone Barristers as an associate member in November 2023.

In his modern legal research, Joshua is working on the duties of investment agents in financial markets, on the legal and economic structure of debt and equity securities, on the liability of entities in tort, contract and equity, and on theories of co-ownership and fiduciary duty. In his historical research, he is working on the relationships of public finance and private banking and investment, and the evolution of property, trust, corporate and charitable forms, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He is also studying the role of the lord chancellors in law and politics before the Great Reform Act, from Macclesfield and King through to Hardwicke and Eldon.

Joshua has provided legal counsel to governments, law firms, counsel, and private clients in a number of UK, American, New Zealand, Canadian and transnational cases, dealing with issues including insolvency jurisdiction, financial market negligence and fraud, trust powers, and Crown fiduciary duties. He has also advised the Law Commission and Financial Services Authority on fiduciaries and trusts.

Currently, Joshua is advising the Canadian government in the Six Nations case on native title and breach of trust and fiduciary duties, as well advising the Ngai Tahu tribe on communal water resources of the South Island of New Zealand.

Joshua serves on the editorial board of the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Equity and is co-editor of both the American Journal of Legal History and the Oxford University Press monograph series Oxford Legal History.