Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Centre Director

Prof Gerard McCormack
Centre for Business Law and Practice
University of Leeds
The Liberty Building
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 7160
email: g.mccormack@leeds.ac.uk   

Deputy Director

Dr Pinar Akman
Centre for Business Law and Practice
University of Leeds
The Liberty Building
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 7116
email: p.akman@leeds.ac.uk

Advisory Board

  • Dominic Adams (Proskauer, London)
  • Richard Calnan (Norton Rose, London)
  • Russell Kelsall (Squire Sanders, Leeds)
  • Lisa Linklater (Exchange Chambers, Leeds)
  • Jennifer Marshall (Allen & Overy, London)

Formal Constitution

Constitution of the Centre for Business Law and Practice [PDF: 47KB]

Annual Reviews

Report 2012-13 [PDF: 623KB]
Report 2011-12 [PDF: 76KB]
Report 2010-11 [PDF: 414KB]
Report 2009-10 [PDF: 587KB]
Report 2008-09 [PDF: 355KB]
Review 2007-08 [PDF: 220KB]
Review 2006-07 [PDF: 305KB]
Review 2005-06 [PDF: 239KB]
Review 2004-05 [PDF: 337KB]
Review 2003-04 [PDF: 404KB]

Centre for Business Law and Practice

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.

Research Students

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.

List of current research students and project titles [PDF: 184KB]

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