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.
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
Ongoing. Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Keay
April 2007 - January 2011. Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Keay
November 2008 - July 2009. Principal Investigator: Professor Surya P. Subedi
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.
18 November 2014, 17:00-18:00 | Seminar | G.33 Liberty Building, School of Law | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This seminar will examine the relationships between brands and corporate social responsibility, looking at how brands impact on business actors.
28 October 2014, 16:00-17:00 | Seminar | Room 2.46, The Liberty Building | Centre for Business Law and Practice
What are some of the issues that a local insolvency law needs to address when a global business is bankrupt?
13 October 2014, 16:00-17:00 | Presentation | G.33 Liberty Building, School of Law | Centre for Business Law and Practice
An event exploring the commercial practice of a basic structured finance transaction in the City of London.
19 June 2014, 9:00 - 17:00 | Conference | Room 1.28 (Moot Courtroom), Liberty Building | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This conference held by the Centre for Business Law and Practice will address the concept of accountability in the context of corporate governance and financial institutions. It will also consider what benefits accountability could have in this field, what problems that exist in ensuring accountability is provided for, and what mechanisms might be used to enhance it.
11 June 2014 — 12 June 2014 | Conference | Room LG06, The Liberty Building | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This multidisciplinary conference, jointly organised and sponsored by the Centre for Business Law and Practice and the Erasmus School of Law addresses issues regarding research into behavioural law and economics (BLE), taking into account both national and international developments. The conference will provide a forum for national and international policy-makers, market participants, practitioners and academics to exchange views on major issues.
17 March 2014, 17:00-18:00 | Seminar | Room G.33, The Liberty Building | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This seminar considers the shape of the EU financial market governance in the post-crisis era. 1 CPD point – Law Society; Bar – application pending.
17 February 2014, 5:00pm-6:00pm (followed by drinks) | Seminar | Room G.33, The Liberty Building | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This talk summarizes several decades of policy-focused research on the operation of credit markets in lower-income and minority communities in US inner-city areas.
3 February 2014, 17:00-18:00 | Seminar | Centre for Business Law and Practice
This seminar considers the envisioned role of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) from what can be gleaned about it, its culture, and its approach in the earliest days of its existence. 1 CPD point – Law Society; Bar – application pending.