LEOW Rachel

Assistant Professor

Ph.D, LL.M. (Cambridge); LL.B. (NUS)

  • Member, EW Barker Centre for Law & Business
  • Member, Centre for Legal Theory
  • Academic Fellow, Centre for Banking and Finance Law
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars
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Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Commercial Equity
Unjust Enrichment
Tort Law

Subjects Taught

Restitution of Unjust Enrichment
Equity & Trusts

Brief Biodata

Rachel's general research interests lie in private law and commercial law. She is particularly interested in the law of agency, commercial equity, and the law of unjust enrichment. She also maintains an active interest in tort law, particularly the doctrines of vicarious liability and non-delegable duties. Her research in has appeared in leading journals such as the Cambridge Law Journal, Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, and Trust Law International. In 2016, her article 'Unjust Enrichment and Restitution in Singapore: Where Now and Where Next?' (co-written with Timothy Liau) was cited with approval by the Court of Appeal in Eng Chiet Shoong v Cheong Soh Chin [2016] 4 SLR 728.

Rachel read law at NUS (LLB) before completing her training contract at the financial services department of one of Singapore's largest law firms. Her work concerned commercial applications of equity in the financial sector (business trusts and capital markets). She was called to the Singapore Bar in 2012. Later that year, she moved to Cambridge, where she completed her LL.M. and Ph.D at Downing College, University of Cambridge. During her time at Cambridge, she won the Chancellor's Medal in English Law and the Gareth Jones Prize for the Law of Restitution (with the highest mark ever recorded at that time), among other prizes. Her PhD, "Companies in Private Law: Attributing Acts and Knowledge", considered the important question of how companies can come under duties, possess rights, and incur liability to other persons in private law. It spanned company law, agency law, contract law, tort law, the law of unjust enrichment, and selected aspects of equitable liability. At Cambridge, Rachel taught the Law of Restitution and Commercial Equity on the LLM programme. For two years, she also interviewed for undergraduate admissions at Downing College, Cambridge.

Representative Publications

1. Rachel Leow, 'Understanding Agency: A Proxy Power Definition' (2019) 79 Cambridge Law Journal (forthcoming)

2. Rachel Leow, 'Recovering Mistaken Payments Before the Financial Ombudsman' [2019] Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (forthcoming)

3. Rachel Leow, 'Enforcing Unjust Enrichment Rights: The Recovery of Mistaken Payments in Practice' [2018] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 22

4. Rachel Leow, "Unjust Enrichment and Restitution in Singapore - Where Now and Where Next?" [2014] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 331-360 (with Timothy Liau)

5. Rachel Leow, ""Minority Protection Doctrines: From Equity and Company Law to Strata Title" [2011] Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 96-114

Publication List