Ms Loraine Houlton

Principal Lecturer in Law

Loraine Houlton
Email address: Phone number: 01902 321557 Location: City Campus Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: Wolverhampton Law School Areas of expertise: Contract Law; International Corporate Law; International Commercial Law


Loraine is currently the Head of International Development for the Faculty of Social Science, a Principal Lecturer in Law

She is a former director of a consultancy company working with commerce and industry in the field of contract and project management. She is also a former partner in a legal training firm designing courses for Continuing Professional Development for solicitor members of The Law Society of England & Wales.

Loraine is a Solicitor and has previously worked in an international practice of solicitors commuting regularly between the UK and Holland, and legal consultant to a nationally recognised firm of Chartered Accountants.

In addition to a Masters’ degree in Legal Practice, Loraine has a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, and is currently completing a Doctorate in Education investigating TransNational Education.

She has trained in mediation and designing dispute resolution systems in both the UK and USA.

Higher Education Academy UK [HEA] Special Interest Group Lead – TNE and QAA

Research interests

International Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Contracts

Funded Research Projects

ESF – Funded – Barriers into entering the legal profession

HEFCE – Funded – Dispute resolution in HEI’s

CeLT Level 2 & 3 Funded – Globalisation and Internationalisation of the curriculum

HEA – Funded – TNE and the enhancement through QAA

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of The Law Society since 1998
  • Association of Women Solicitors
  • Association of Law Teachers
  • Society of Legal Scholars


MSc Legal Practice: Staffordshire University

Law Society: 1998 – Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors

Law Society Final Examinations: College of Law, Chester

Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies: Staffordshire University

LLB (Hons): Staffordshire University

Trained and qualified in Dispute Systems Design and conflict management:  CDR & Associates, Colorado, USA

Trained as a Mediator and Mediator trainer, Delivered training courses for ADR Group to solicitors, barristers, practice managers, in-house company lawyers: ADR Group (Bristol)

Prince2 – Project Management Foundation Level and Project Management Practitioner Level


Conference and Seminar Papers delivered

Liverpool John Moores University – Learning & Teaching Conference Intensive Modes of Delivery [IMD]: pedagogical techniques and practical guidance for international programme delivery” – June

Oxford University – Association of Law Teachers [ALT] Engaging International Students in the study of Law – why bother?”

Warwick University – UK Centre Legal Education – Quality Assurance in Legal Education a UK/Hong Kong perspective’

Hong Kong – Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education – Quality in Teaching – A UK/Hong Kong Perspective

Edinburgh - ALT
Barriers relating to entering the Legal Profession – ESF Project Feedback

International Harassment Network, two conference workshops on use of Mediation in Employment situations.

Le Havre University, Finance & Payment in International Commercial contracts.

Experience in industry

International  Experience

  • Hong Kong Law Society – Deliver CPD Courses for Lawyers
  • Hong Kong City University – Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre
  • Siberia Russia – Tyumen University Seminars for SME’s on International Commercial Law
  • Mauritius - University of Wolverhampton Branch Campus Seminar Financial Services Commission
  • Le Havre University – Visiting Professor International Law
  • Amsterdam – Solicitor
  • Training followed by work in designing Dispute Resolution Systems in Colorado, USA

Corporate experience

  • Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, London
  • Marks & Spencer plc, Baker Street, London
  • A T Kearney, Mayfair, London
  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • CHBC Architects
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Nycomed Amersham
  • Rank Organisation
  • Kuwait Petroleum Corporation