Professor Geoffrey Morse

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Birmingham Law School
Emeritus Professor of Corporate and Tax Law

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Geoffrey Morse is the co-ordinating editor of Palmer’s Company Law and the author of several books and articles on company law, tax law and partnership and LLP law.


  • LLB 1968 (Newcastle)
  • Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn) 1971


Geoffrey Morse joined Birmingham Law School in 2004 after sixteen years as the Professor of Company Law at the University of Nottingham. Starting in 1968, he has previously taught at the Universities of Nottingham, East Anglia, and Liverpool.  He was Head of School at Liverpool from 1983-1988 and at Nottingham from 1994 to 1999.  He retired from Birmingham Law School in 2022 and appointed an Emeritus Professor. 

He has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Cape Town, Durban, Singapore, where he was the David Marshall Professor of Law in 2002, and as a Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He was most recently a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore in 2014.


His research and teaching interests are in the fields of corporate, partnership and tax law.  He is a former member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors. He has written over 40 articles in academic journals, together with 18 books, on each of his three areas of interest.  He is the co-ordinating editor of Palmer’s Company Law, one of the leading texts on the subject.


His principal recent publications include:

  • Palmer’s Company Law, Sweet and Maxwell, releases to 179 (2022).
  • Davies: Principles of Tax Law (9th edition), Sweet and Maxwell, 2020, with Sandra Eden
  • Partnership and LLP Law (9th edition) OUP 2020, with Thomas Braithwaite
  • Mallalieu v Drummond (1983): Allowable Deductions, Inadmissible Arguments, in Landmark Cases in Revenue Law (eds Snape and de Cogan) (Hart Publishing) 2019, pp 289-308
  • The Origins, Development and Future of Zero-rating in the UK, in The Dynamics of Taxation, Essays in honour of Judith Freedman (eds Loutzenhiser and de la Feria) (Hart Publishing) 2020, pp 271-292.
  • HMRC v University of Cambridge and HMRC v Frank A Smart & Son Ltd: deduction of input tax incurred on non-economic activities linked to downstream taxable supplies [2020] BTR 548-557.
  • Sonaecom SGPS SA v Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira: linking upstream input tax credit to downstream taxable supplies: a postscript [2021] BTR 56-61.

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