Matthew Barnes,Doctoral Researcher and Visiting Lecturer

Matthew BarnesFaculty of Social Sciences


PhD Working Title: Banking regulation and the Basel III Accord: An examination of the risks and shortcomings posed by Basel III.

Areas of expertise: Banking Regulation; Financial Services and Financial Crime; Law Relating to Capital Markets and International Banking Law.


I have been working for a large financial institution since 2010 and have built an array of skills from audit to regulation. This has complimented my academic studies in which I have focused on commercial law based modules.

Furthermore, I am working towards my PhD and have recently started my third year (October 2016). I am researching the effects that the Basel III Accord has had on banking regulation in relation to the 2008-2009 financial crisis. I aim to submit by 2019 as I am a part-time doctoral researcher.

I am also a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wolverhampton and have taught, marked assignments and exams, and supervised dissertation students since 2015. Subjects covered include: Contract Law, Company Law, Tort Law, International Corporate Insolvency Law, and dissertations for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Academic qualifications


LLB (Hons)

Teaching interests

I have recently taught Company Law 6LW013 and International Corporate Insolvency Law 7LW028 to the Mauritius cohort as well as supervising postgraduate dissertation students 7LW007.

Research interests

My main area of research interest is banking regulation in light of the 2008-2009 financial crisis. One of the most important mechanisms in place to regulate the banking and financial services industry is the Basel Accord. It has since progressed and is currently in the third iteration, but much more complex and detailed.

I am also interested in other commercial based subjects such as company law, financial services and financial crime law, capital markets and international banking law, and international corporate insolvency law.