Dr Felicity Maher

Started at UWA: 2017

Creating clarity and coherence in law through research

Dr Felicity Maher is a senior lecturer, researcher and practitioner at UWA’s Law School. Her career has spanned more than 20 years. After completing undergraduate studies at UWA in Arts and Law, she undertook postgraduate work at the University of Oxford, culminating in a doctorate. Outside of academia, she has practised as a solicitor, government lawyer and barrister in Perth, Sydney and London.

Her research interests lie in private law, with a focus on the law of obligations. Her current research builds on work covered as part of her doctorate, examining the relationship between the little-used estoppel by convention and the unjust factor failure of basis in the law of unjust enrichment.

She is also conducting an empirical study of exemplary damages, and is in the early stages of a study of the role of tribunals in remedying financial abuse of the elderly.


  • BA (UWA)
  • LLB (UWA)
  • BCL (Oxon)
  • MPhil (Oxon)
  • DPhil (Oxon)

External positions:

  • Door tenant, Quayside Chambers
  • Associate Member of Chambers, 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Reporter, New South Wales Law Reports
I enjoy witnessing ‘the penny drop’ at the moment when understanding is achieved, and the unexpected questions and fresh perspectives on old problems from students. My research topics often emerge from legal conundrums I encounter in my teaching. Dr Felicity Maher

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