Law Research Staff


Dr Penny Brooker

(Director of Law Research Centre)

Dr Penny Brooker is a Reader in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Mediation and Co-Director of the Law Research Centre in the School. She is based at the Wolverhampton City Campus.  She researches in the area of commercial and construction mediation and publishes in international and national referred journals in both the legal and built environment fields.  More specifically this research explores the utilisation of mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism in the built environment and commercial sectors and the study of mediator techniques. She was the co-coordinator of TG 68, an International Mediation Task Force for the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) which resulted in the publication of an edited book on international perspectives on construction mediation.

Professor Graham Brooks

Professor Graham Brooks specialises in fraud and corruption in sport, money laundering and gambling, and state capture and corruption. Prof Brooks is lead author of Fraud, Corruption and Sport (2013) (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Prevention of Corruption: Investigation, Enforcement and Governance’(2013) (Palgrave Macmillan) and has published several articles on fraud and corruption in interdisciplinary journals. Prof Brooks was also part of a research team (at Portsmouth) that developed Fraud Loss Measurement (FLM) exercise now used as guidance in EU/China project on measuring fraud and online fraud resilience tool with PKF used by National Fraud Authority and Charity Commission. He was also recently plenary speaker Cabinet Office (2012) at the Cabinet Counter Fraud Conference in London. Prof Brooks has also held a wide range of roles such as Secretariat of the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board (CFPAB), Community Safety Officer in the United Kingdom, and an Offender Liaison Officer for a charity in Sydney so far in his career.

Professor Charles Chatterjee A commercial law specialist (international) with special interest and knowledge in international organisations and their functions in addition to court experience in law as a practising barrister in England and Wales.  A consultant to international organisations and private corporations in addition to conducting capacity building training programmes in various countries.
 Dr David Cox

Dr David J. Cox specialises in early policing history and criminal justice history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  He has published extensively in these fields; his most recent books being Crime in England, 1688-1815 (History of Crime in the UK and Ireland series, Routledge 2013), Policing the Factory: Theft, Private Policing and the Law in Modern England [with B. Godfrey] (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), and ‘A Certain Share of Low Cunning’: A History of the Bow Street Runners, 1792-1839 (Routledge, 2012). He is currently Module Leader for the third-year Criminology & Criminal Justice Research Project module, as well as teaching on various other modules including Prisons & Prisoners, Policing & Society, Punishment and Society, and Criminal Justice.  He remains active in research, being a member of the SOLON research network (, of which he is a co-Director, and he is also a member of the ‘Our Criminal Past’ Research Network (www.

 Richard Glover

Richard Glover researches principally in the areas of the law of evidence, public order law and criminal law. Richard formerly worked in private practice as a criminal law solicitor in London and South Wales before joining the university in 1998. In recent years he has conducted research on the public order law and theft and speaks regularly at academic conferences. His most recent work has been on police cordons and breach of the peace. Richard's work has been published in journals including the Criminal Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Law, The International Journal of Maritime Law and Water Law. Richard is the university's representative on the Society of Legal Scholars Council. 

Richard is the co-author of Murphy on Evidence (with Peter Murphy), 12th edition (Oxford University Press). Murphy on Evidence is frequently consulted by judges and practitioners, as well as students, and is regarded as a work of authority throughout the common law world and beyond. The book seeks to bridge the gap between academic and practical treatment of the law of evidence and this also characterises the nature of Richard's research, which is focused on analysing current and practical legal problems. The 13th edition is expected in the summer of 2013.

Dr Andrew Hambler

Dr Andrew Hambler is a former HR Consultant who worked for many years for Price Waterhouse Coopers UK. Since entering higher education in 2004 Andrew has worked in several countries on behalf of the university and currently manages the Business School’s transnational education programmes in India and Sri Lanka. 

Andrew’s research interests are focussed on religion and law in the workplace and he completed his PhD at Durham University, under the supervision of Prof Ian Leigh, in 2013. Andrew’s publications are to be included in the University of Wolverhampton’s law submission for REF in 2013/14. As well as publishing in this field, Andrew has acted as an adviser to religious ethos organisations. His research has been quoted in national reports for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Andrew is also interested in employment law questions more generally and has provided expert comment for the BBC on equal pay issues.

Since September 2013, Andrew has been commissioned to adapt his PhD thesis into a monograph by Routledge for publication in the summer of 2014; he has also won an Early Researcher Award Scheme grant to continue to develop his research in 2013/14; and he has embarked on a legal-historical research project with Prof Roger Seifert to investigate the implications for the development of religious freedom in employment of the Sikh bus drivers’ strike in Wolverhampton in 1969.

Professor Andrew Haynes

Key areas:

  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Financial Crime
  • International Banking Law and Capital Markets.

Contact for Scholarships and Consultancy.

Professor Carol Jones Professor Carol Jones specializes in socio-legal studies and criminology, especially in relation to China, Hong Kong and East Asia. She previously worked at the University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law, the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, the Sociology Department of  the University of  Hong Kong, The Australian National University,  and the Law School at City University of HK. Carol is currently engaged in research into crime and justice in China, as well as pre-and post-colonial Hong Kong. She remains an active researcher in these areas whilst also teaching in the area of Punishment & Society in the UK, as well as Comparative Criminal Justice and Legal Systems.
Professor Kate Moss

Kate's main research interest is the balance between the right to security and the right to liberty, with special emphasis on torture and detention without trial. I believe one of the major questions facing contemporary society in the areas of political theory and practice, law, philosophy and human rights is whether there is an acceptable balance between national security needs and the protection of civil liberties. My research has focused in my two most recent books on a range of what I see as the creeping powers of the executive, some less dramatic than others, but all of them important elements of what I consider to be burgeoning fear-driven law and practice. My particular interest has been on the use of legislation to facilitate crime control which has passed with relatively little academic evaluation and the restrictions imposed on people by the criminalising of behaviour that in many cases has long been held to be reasonable. I also blog about these issues at

Dr Saidunnabi Piyal

Dr Saidunnabi Piyal used to work as a Law Tutor in the School of Law of the University of Aberdeen and currently, he is working as a Lecturer in the Department of Law of the University of Wolverhampton. His teaching areas are Land Law, Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Law. He teaches students in Wolverhampton on the LLB and LLM(CPE) and LLM(Oil&Gas). Dr Piyal’s research interests lie mainly in the areas of Property Law, Comparative Private Law (especially property in mixed legal systems), Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Law.

Professor Peter Walton

Professor Peter Walton has taught at the University of Wolverhampton for over twenty years.  During the academic year 1991-2 he was visiting professor at Akron University in Ohio, USA.  He is a Professor of Insolvency Law and for many years was the Course Director of the Legal Practice Course (“LPC”). He is currently the Co-Director of the University’s Law Research Centre. His main teaching areas are: on the LPC Business Law, Insolvency Law, Practical Legal Research and Accounts; on the LLB Equity and Trusts and Company Law; and on the LLM International Corporate Liquidation. He has supervised two successful PhD students in additional to numerous Master’s dissertations.

Professor Walton’s research interests are in the area of insolvency law and related areas. He has published widely in both specialist journals such as Receivers, Administrators and Liquidators Quarterly, Company Lawyer, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, Insolvency Intelligence, Insolvency Lawyer, International Insolvency Review,Insolvency Law and Practice and Sweet and Maxwell’s Company Law Newsletter as well as in more general journals such as Amicus Curiae, Conveyancer, Company, Financial and Insolvency Law Review, Common Law World Review, Journal of Business Law, Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and Law Quarterly Review.  Many of these articles have been cited by other learned authors. His work has been quoted by the New Zealand Law Commission, cited by the New Zealand High Court, cited in argument in the Privy Council and been relied upon by the UK Supreme Court.

The main emphasis of his research has centred on the varying rights enjoyed by different classes of creditors, such as preferential creditors, secured creditors, landlords and execution creditors, in the event of the insolvency of a debtor. His research attempts to combine academic analysis with practical problems. He has carried out empirical research on behalf of the insolvency practitioner professional bodies and been part of a number of Governmental Focus Group meetings. He has co-authored, with Professor Andrew Keay of Leeds University a well received textbook entitled Insolvency Law: Corporate and Personal which went into its third edition in 2012.

He has given many Continuing Professional Development talks and conference papers to groups of practitioners and academics both locally and in London. 

Dr Kate Williams Dr Kate Williams teaches in the areas of introductory criminology, sex work - one of her specialist research areas, and co-ordinates the undergraduate dissertations for Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is also a PhD supervisor. Together with Professor Kate Moss and Pram Singh, Kate is currently involved with an EU funded study into women rough sleepers who suffer violence, and has recently completed an ESRC project with Professor PAJ Waddington, Professor Tim Newburn and Dr Martin Wright entitled ‘Evaluating police behaviour — using video–clips to examine variations in the public’s evaluation of police conduct’. Kate is also currently the Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology and the Secretary of the BSC Midlands Branch.