The work involves a comprehensive study and assessment of the accountability of boards of directors as part of the governance of public companies.
Centre for Business Law and Practice
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The Centre for Business Law and Practice is a leading research centre. Its expertise includes corporate and financial law, commercial and consumer law and, competition/antitrust law.
It is large and well-established, with presently eighteen members, including six professors. Our members have established international reputations in the broad field of business law, and in particular in corporate and financial law.
Dissemination of Research
The Centre promotes all forms of research, including doctrinal, theoretical (including socio-legal) and empirical research. Its work is disseminated as widely as possible by publishing monographs, articles, reports, and through regular seminars and high profile conferences (see links on the left) which engage with both the academic community, the legal profession, policy-makers and regulators.
Members' research is regularly cited by the courts and referenced by policy makers. Staff members have acted as consultants to law firms, accounting bodies, national law reform bodies and government departments in various countries, and international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and Transparency International.
National and International Networks
The Centre has strong international connections which include the Centre for Economic Law Vrijie Universiteit of Brussels, the Centre for Markets, Law and Regulation, University of New South Wales, the Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law, National University of Jodphur and East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai.
It has links with the Leeds University Business School (which is adjacent to the Law School) and with the local and national business community and profession.
It is a member of the Leeds Professional Services Hub, based in the Leeds University Business School.
Centre members have been successful in attracting grants from bodies such as the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy and the AHRC amongst others.
The Centre has a strong research culture and is supportive of its PhD students. It runs an annual PhD student conference and a 'brown bag' lunch seminar series at which students can meet and hear about each other's research as well as the research of Centre academics. We welcome applications from students wishing to conduct research within the Centre’s sphere of expertise: please see individual staff web pages for further information.
Our centre manages several postgraduate research and postgraduate taught degree programmes. We also oversee the delivery of several undergraduate business law modules.
We offer both full-time and part-time taught postgraduate schemes in most aspects of business law from an international, European and domestic perspective. We also run specialist programmes in insolvency law, international corporate law, and banking and finance law.
Our cente offers five LLM programmes and one MSc. The schemes also have postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates options available.
- LLM International Business Law
- LLM International Trade Law
- LLM International Corporate Law
- LLM International Banking and Finance Law
- LLM Intellectual Property Law
- MSc Law and Finance
We also offer postgraduate research opportunities.
We welcome applications falling within any field of Business Law and Practice, particularly within our key research strength areas.
The Centre for Business Law and Practice conducts research in a wide range of areas and employs various approaches including the following : doctrinal, theoretical (including socio-legal) and empirical research. Much of the research is international and transnational in focus.
Our research covers most areas of corporate (company) law. We have particular interest in corporate governance (objective of public companies, directors' duties, shareholder remedies and litigation, governance and the legal profession, EU Corporate Governance, Comparative Corporate Governance, Law and Economics approach) and corporate insolvency (comparative approaches to Corporate Rescue, liquidation, administration, transactional avoidance, forum shopping and jurisdictional competition in the context of international insolvency proceedings).
Banking and Finance Law
The focus in banking and finance law is on bank insolvencies, money laundering, analysis of secured credit regimes (including assessment of their efficacy in promoting economic development using law and economics and other models), and role of the UN Commission on International Trade Law and other supra-governmental and international finance organisations in promoting notions of globalised finance law. We also have expertise in the regulation of conduct in financial services.
Contract, Consumer and Commercial Law
In contract and consumer law, we concentrate on consumer credit and overindebtedness, analysis of the law of guarantees from efficiency and redistributional perspectives, the role of EC institutions including the Commission and the Parliament in the harmonisation of European Private Law, and norms of consumer protection in the realm of financial contracting with consideration of national and European approaches.
In commercial law, one area we specialise in is international commercial dispute resolution. Under this, we cover various subjects in international commercial arbitration and litigation. In particular, we have expertise on commercial conflict of laws/private international law, judicial cooperation, recognition and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, collective redress/class action, and the European/international harmonisation of conflicts rules.
We also have expertise on the law relating to lawyers with a particular focus on legal professional privilege and conflicts of interest as they pertain to corporate lawyers and their firms and expertise of the regulation of such firms.
Another area of research activity is intellectual property law, especially in the context of the pharmaceutical industry. This business sector has been highly effective in shaping the patent system, and in managing intellectual property rights to further commercial interests. Concerns have been raised, though, as to whether the present legal and policy framework promotes optimal outcomes from a social justice perspective. Accordingly, our research also takes into account the social welfare dimensions of this area of business law.
Our research covers most areas of competition (antitrust) law. Our researchers have particular interests in abuse of dominance, anticompetitive agreements, public and private enforcement of competition law, economic regulation, the objectives and historical foundations of competition law, the imprisonment of executives for cartel activity, the intersection between competition law and other areas such as contract law, consumer law and behavioural economics, and international cooperation in competition enforcement.
A future focus of our research in this area will involve analysis of whether the principle of legal certainty is respected in practice in substantive EU competition law.
Ongoing. Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Keay
The project examines the statutory regime that permits the initiation of derivative actions by shareholders in the UK.
April 2015 - July 2016. Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Keay
The study considers the law concerning the right of liquidators and other insolvency practitioners to challenge transactions that were entered into before insolvency proceedings were commenced against a debtor and examines the position that exists in the Member States of the EU and particularly difference and commonalities that one finds in different States.
October 2008 - May 2010. Principal Investigator: Professor Gerard McCormack
April 2013 - April 2015. Principal Investigator: Gerard McCormack
February 2007 - February 2008. Principal Investigator: Professor Gerard McCormack
May 2014 - May 2016. Principal Investigator: Professor Gerard McCormack
The project will critically analyse and evaluate the provisions governing rights in rem (security rights) and transactional avoidance in the European Insolvency Regulation (Regulation 1346/2000) and address whether there is scope for reform of the law.
This is a European Commission contracted Study on Substantive Insolvency Law which will enhance the knowledge base of the Commission and potentially inform future legal change in the field of insolvency, both corporate and personal, and over-indebtedness.
Ongoing. Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Keay
This research project investigates whether board accountability, as provided for in Anglo-American jurisdictions, exists in China and whether other values are provided for in Chinese corporate governance that address some of the concepts inherent in accountability.
April 2007 - January 2011. Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Keay
November 2008 - July 2009. Principal Investigator: Professor Surya P. Subedi
21 October 2015, 13:00 - 17:00 | Conference | Room 1.13, Liberty Building | Centre for Business Law and Practice
The Centre for Business Law and Practice’s annual postgraduate researcher conference is an opportunity for PGRs within the research centre to gain experience of presenting their research in front of a friendly and informal audience whilst allowing others to garner a greater understanding of the research projects currently taking place within the School of Law.
28 October 2015, 17:00h to 18:00h | Seminar | G.33, Liberty Building | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This seminar is based on empirical research projects discusses the receivables finance industry and how it effects SMEs.
9 November 2015, 14:00h - 18:00h | Seminar | School of Law, Liberty Building University of Leeds | Centre for Business Law and Practice
Public lecture and half day workshop on shareholder power: Professor Bruner will give key note lecture and Professors Keay and Loughrey will give papers commenting on central issues raised..
15 May 2015, 09:15-18:00 | Conference | Moot Court Room, The Liberty Building | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This one-day conference focuses on the most important contemporary challenges in competition law. It will examine the most pressing and challenging issues of competition law presently and in the near future.
11 March 2015, 12:00 - 13:00 | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This Seminar will explore the goal of trade-sanctions, introducing interactionalism as a mechanism of assessment.
9 March 2015, 17:30 - 18:30 | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice, Law and Emerging Technologies Research Group
This seminar will look at the recent increase in fracking, focusing on the legal and regulatory provisions in the United States.
2 March 2015, 17:00 - 18:00 | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This seminar will look at the balancing dilemma within copyright law by focussing on two recent and inter-related phenomena: the EU orphan works directive, and the US Google litigation.
25 February 2015, 12:00 - 13:00 | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This Seminar will introduce the latest changes about China's Banking Sector and its upcoming Deposit Insurance Scheme (DIS).
A Critical Comparison of the English and Australian Insolvency Regimes: where we are and where are we headed?
17 February 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This seminar will compare the English and the Australian insolvency regimes, focusing on laws, industry regulation, societal expectations and where each regime is headed.
9 February 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This paper addresses how EU law has affected social services provision generally in the EU.
26 January 2015, 17:00-18:00 | Seminar | G.33 Liberty Building, School of Law | Centre for Business Law and Practice
The seminar will examine the rationale behind the defendant-sided unjust factors, namely duress and undue influence.
3 December 2014, 13:00 - 14:00 | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice
The first of our regular PGR seminars.
24 November 2014, 5pm - 6pm | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This seminar will evaluate initiatives taken to promote standards of good banking practice and the role that they envisage for ethics in banking.