Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

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Professor Joan Loughrey

Professor of Law

I graduated from Somerville College, University of Oxford, with a degree in Jurisprudence. I then qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and Hong Kong, practising as a commercial litigator before entering academia. I have lectured in Australia as well as in the UK.

I am the Deputy Head of School and a member of the Centre for Business Law and Practice

I am also on the Managing Group of the Professional Services Sector Hub.

My published work includes a book on the corporate governance role of corporate lawyers, described as ‘a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating text, addressing a topic of huge importance that deserves close reading by both practitioners and legal educators.’ (Riley, Journal of Business Law, 2013), contributions to edited collections and peer reviewed articles.

Research Interests

My interests are in corporate governance and company law, the legal profession and the law regulating lawyers.


At undergraduate level, I teach Company Law, and the Legal Profession: Conduct, Law and Ethics.

At postgraduate level, I teach Corporate Law, Advanced Corporate Law and International Corporate Governance.

PhD Supervision

I am willing to supervise PhD students in the areas of:

  • corporate governance
  • corporate law
  • regulation of the legal profession and of conduct in financial services
  • legal professional privilege

Key Publications


Loughrey, J. (editor) (2012), Directors' Duties and Shareholder Litigation in the Wake of the Financial Crisis (Edward Elgar)

Loughrey, J. (May 2011) Corporate Lawyers and Corporate Governance, Cambridge.  

Chapters in Edited Collections

Loughrey J; Campbell D  (2013) ‘The Regulation of Self-interest in Financial Markets’ in J O’Brien and G Gilligan (eds) Integrity, Risk and Accountability in Capital Markets (Hart)

Journal articles

Loughrey, J. (2011) 'Large Law Firms, Sophisticated Clients, and the Regulation of Conflicts of Interest in England and Wales”, 14 Legal Ethics 215-238.

Loughrey, J; Keay, A. (2010) 'Derivative Proceedings in a Brave New World for Company Management and Shareholders' Journal of Business Law 151-178

Full list of my publications

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