Commercial and Corporate Law

The Corporate and Commercial Law Cluster (CACL) provides a home for a broad range of research engaging with multiple aspects of corporate law and commercial law (broadly understood).

Work under this cluster takes multiple forms, including doctrinal, comparative, international, theoretical, critical and historical perspectives.  Members of CACL engage in research ranging from the historical development of sales law, to critical analyses of shareholder rights, to developments in consumer law, through to international investment arbitration.


Student Members

Esra Kiraz; Bader Almaskari

News, events and current work

The Europeanisation of Private Law: Theory and Practice, December 2010

The Research Group on Credit, Debt and Consumer Protection at Leicester University, in association with the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law at Durham University, will be hosting a duo-colloquium entitled ‘The Europeanisation of Private Law: Theory and Practice’ in Leicester on 17—18 December 2010. The conference will explore, post Lisbon, the idea of ‘Europeanised’ Private Law in the context of initiatives aimed at the harmonisation, consolidation and possible codification of European Private Law; initiatives which may challenge the role of a competition of legal orders, question the cultural, social and economic factors shaping national Private Law regimes and rephrase the debate on the legitimate reach of EU law.


A book of which Mel Kenny is a joint editor entitled Unconscionability in European Private Financial Transactions. Protecting the Vulnerable has been published by CUP.

December 2010

DEMOS Progressive Policy Forum

In December 2010 Dr Andromachi Georgosouli was invited to participate in a high-profile roundtable discussion on the future of financial regulation in the UK. The event was organised by DEMOS – one of the leading independent think-tanks and research institutes in the UK, renowned for its influence to the ‘Third Way’ policies of the Blair government. The roundtable was part of DEMOS Progressive Policy Forum and was attended inter alia by Lord Myners (Financial Services Secretary, HM Treasury), Cathrine McLeod (Special Adviser to the Chancellor, HM Treasury) and Prof Philip Rawlings (School of Law, UCL) . The discussion opened by Ms Kitty Ussher MP formerly Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and one of the key speakers and followed by a vivid and constructive debate which was coordinated by BBC journalist and Director of DEMOS, Mr Richard Reeves.

Commenting on the event, Dr. Georgosouli pointed out that the discussion offered a valuable insight into the government’s reform agenda but also brought into light significant points of disagreement and tension between the Labour Party, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats most notably with respect to the role of the Bank of England and the need for radical institutional reform. Dr. Georgosouli expressed the view that, although regulatory reform heads in the right direction, it nevertheless opens up an era of more extensive State intervention into economic life. Leaving aside the issue of whether this is going to make a real difference in practice, Dr. Georgosouli commented that, from a legal perspective, greater State intervention is going to be a very interesting development not least because it challenges common perceptions about the private/public law dividewith respect to a series ofissues and practices (e.g. remunaration)that up till noware predominantly contract-based. From a regulatory perspective it is interesting to see how the call for more intrusive tactics could be reconciled with the FSA's vision of a regulatory approach that is essentially dialectic and participatory in character.

December 2010

FRCL: Marginalising Risk

Date: Wednesday 3rd November 2010, Time: 16:00 – 17:00, Venue: Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3, University of Leicester
Speaker: Professor Steven L. Schwarcz
Professor Schwarcz is the Stanley A. Star professor of Law & Business at Duke University. Among other honours, Schwarcz is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and founding member of the International Insolvency Institute.
Admission is free and open to all but space is limited so please book your place by emailing Paul Wysocki ( by 31st October 2010.

October 2010

‘Sand in the Wheels–Volcanic Ash, Passenger Rights and Contract law’

6 October 2010: Paper presenter: Christopher Bisping, 'Sand in the Wheels -Volcanic Ash, Passenger Rights and Contract law'.

October 2010

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