Welcome to my web-site!
What this web-site is about
I’ve set up this web-site as I’m a Christian law academic, deeply fascinated by faith, history and economics, passionate about transforming society. It’s my contribution to the “war of ideas”. It’s about promoting the ideals of how a better, more prosperous, happier and freer society might be achieved. I hope it will encourage academic study and inform debate and therefore, where possible, I’ve included examples of my research (please note that use of this web-site is subject to terms and conditions set out in Legal Notices/ Links , which you accept by proceeding further).
The main issues I’m interested in are:
- Religious freedom and business
- Company law history
- Using economics for law reform and tackling poverty
- Relationally better laws
- Promoting good corporate governance
- Combating economic crime.
- Corporate law reform
Examples of topics I’ve examined include the legal foundations of free markets, the use of alternative dispute resolution; relational perspectives on contract law, regulatory impact assessment, the early development of company law 1844 to 1856, the theology of incorporation with limited liability, directors’ duties, CS Lewis and the problem of evil in corporate governance, directors’ remuneration and off balance sheet finance.
If you follow the links above, you’ll find an explanation of some of the big ideas as to why these “matter” and examples of my research on these themes.
This web-site’s not for business purposes so please don’t embarrass me by contacting me with any business proposal. Please also note that the views expressed on this web-site are my own and don’t necessarily represent the views of any of the many people I’ve co-authored with.
More about the author
I’m an Associate Professor and former Head of the Law Department at Bournemouth University and a Visiting Professor of Law in the School of Management and Social Sciences at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. My former posts have included being Legal Advisor in the National Auditing and Accounting Technical Department of a “Big Eight” accountancy firm based in London. I’ve also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars and its Research Sub-committee.
I gained my LLB (Hons) from Exeter University in 1982. I hold the dual-qualifications of solicitor and barrister, having been called to the Bar in 1985 and admitted as a solicitor in 1989; in 1994, I was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Indirect Taxation (I don’t practice in any of these capacities). In 2004, I gained a PhD for my inter-disciplinary thesis, “The Early Development of Company Law in England and Wales: Values and Efficiency”. In 2007, I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I’ve delivered academic papers at numerous conferences, including international conferences at Cambridge University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. I’m an Executive Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance. Journals in which I’ve published include Accountancy, Chartered Secretary, the Company Lawyer, Economic Affairs, Faith in Business Quarterly, the International Company and Commercial Law Review, the Journal of Banking Regulation, the Journal of Corporate Law Studies, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics and the Journal of Markets & Morality. In 2009 I received a Seldon award (joint) in respect of the Hobart Paperback “The Legal Foundations of Free Markets” (London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2008).