Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

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Professor Andrew Keay

Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law

I have been a partner in an Australian law firm, specialising in corporate and commercial law, and acted as a Deputy Registrar of the Australian Federal Court.

I have taught at several Australian universities, where I specialised in commercial law, before coming to teach in the UK. I have been at Leeds since 2002.

I hold a doctorate from the University of Queensland. I am a barrister for England and Wales.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in corporate and insolvency law. In relation to the former I specialise in corporate governance issues, and particularly corporate governance theory, directors' duties and shareholder rights and remedies.

I am currently a principal investigator for a European Commission contracted Study on Substantive Insolvency Law. The project team is also made up of colleagues Gerard McCormack, Judith Dahlgreen and Sarah Brown from the University of Leeds.

The team will collect, evaluate and analyse insolvency law data provided by a team of national reporters in the 28 EU Member States. We will identify areas where disparities in national laws produce problems that have impacts outside national boundaries: creating an environment that tries to avert business and personal economic failure but sanctions severely conduct that constitutes an abuse of the fundamental freedoms underpinning the EU legal order.

This study will enhance the knowledge base of the Commission and set the scene for possible future initiatives by the Commission in the field of insolvency law.

My previous research has focused on board accountability in corporate governance and breaches of directors’ duties especially when companies are in financial distress.

In relation to insolvency law, I specialise in liquidations, corporate rescue and insolvency litigation involving the avoidance of pre-insolvency transactions and recoveries from company officers.


I have taught a broad range of commercial law subjects during my academic career at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

I now teach Company Law and Insolvency Law at undergraduate level, and Insolvency Law and International Corporate Governance at postgraduate level.

PhD Supervision

I am supervising a number of theses in corporate law and insolvency law, including disclosure in corporate governance, assessment of corporate governance frameworks, enforcement of corporate governance mechanisms, directors' remuneration and issues relating to directors' duties.

I am willing to supervise theses in most aspects of corporate and insolvency law.

Key Publications


  • Keay A, Board Accountability in Corporate Governance (Routledge, 2015)

    As an in depth study of a key element within the exercise of authority and management in corporate entities, this book will be of great use and interest to researchers and students of corporate governance, business and management, and ...

  • Keay AR, Directors' Duties, Second edition (Bristol: Jordan Publishing, 2014), 1-557

  • Keay AR, McPherson's Law of Company Liquidation, Third edition (London: Sweet amd Maxwell, 2013), 1-1364

  • Keay AR, The Enlightened Shareholder Value Principle and Corporate Governance, Routledge Research in Corporate Law (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2013), 1-303

  • Keay A, The Corporate Objective, Corporations, Globalisation and the Law (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011), 1-346

    Analysing in depth the existing theories which seek to explain the corporate objective, this book will appeal to academics in corporate law and corporate ...

  • Keay AR, Company Directors' Responsibilities to Creditors (Routledge-Cavendish, 2007), xxviii,393p

Journal articles

  • Keay AR, ‘Directors' duties and creditors' interests’, The Law Quarterly Review, 130.Jul (2014), 443-472
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/79360/

  • Keay A, ‘Ascertaining the Corporate Objective : An Entity Maximisation and Sustainability Model’, Modern Law Review, 71 (2008), 663-698

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to talk to the media about the following topics:

  • Insolvency law
  • Company law
  • Company directors
  • Shareholders
  • Corporate governance
  • Administrations
  • Liquidations
  • Bankruptcies
  • Corporate rescue
  • Director disqualification
  • Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Corporate law
  • Corporate social responsibility

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