Law Research Centre

Law booksIn the most recent national Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014 Wolverhampton Law School was once again ranked in the top 50 law schools (which submitted over 10 staff) with 9.3% of research outputs ranked as world leading.

The Law Research Centre provides a vibrant and inclusive law research community which encourages the investigation of high quality research bringing together experienced, developing and new legal researchers. It provides a focal point for legal research employing doctrinal, empirical, comparative, interdisciplinary and socio-legal methodologies. Members of the Law Research Centre have published numerous books (including the leading student textbooks in the areas of Criminal Evidence, Financial Services Law and Insolvency Law) and learned journal articles and their research has been cited in Parliament, relied upon by the Government when making policy and cited with approval by the Supreme Court.

Research areas

‌Strategically the Law Research Centre concentrates on two main strands of legal research:

  • Commercial Law (broadly interpreted to include Corporate, Financial Services, Insolvency, Intellectual Property Law and International Arbitration) 
  • Criminal Justice (including Criminal Law and Evidence, the history of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Homelessness).

Recent research projects funded respectively by professional bodies, the EU or the UK Government include:

  • Company Voluntary Arrangements: Evaluating Success and Failure 2018 – A report commissioned by R3 Association of Business Recovery Professionals with the support of ICAEW Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Insolvency Litigation and the Jackson Reforms – An Update 2016- A report commissioned by  R3 the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (with the support of ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS, ILA, IPA, IRS, JLT Specialty Ltd, Willis Taylor Watson)
  • Empowering Women Rough Sleepers to protect themselves from Violence on the Streets 2015 - Funded by the EU Daphne Programme
  • Runaway and Homeless Children who Sleep Rough 2015 - Funded by the EU Daphne Programme
  • Pre-Pack Empirical Research: Characteristic and Outcome Analysis of Pre-Pack Administration Final Report to the Graham Review 2014 – A Report commissioned by the Insolvency Service part of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

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Wolverhampton Law Journal

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Members of the Law Research Centre

Matthew Barnes

Chris Busst

Dr David J Cox

Yasmin Devi-McGleish

Richard Glover

Michelle Hammond

Professor Andrew Haynes

Luci Hyett

Dr Lezelle Jacobs

Dr John McDaniel

Professor Kate Moss

Sukhninder Panesar

Dr Metka Potocnik

Dr Karlie Stonard

Professor Peter Walton

Dr Kate Williams