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Philip Lawton

Philip Lawton

Lecturer

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 592457

Affiliations

Law School

My areas of interest are Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Equity and Trusts.I am particuarly interested in aspects of culture and corporations, comparative and transplantation issues in corporate law and governance. The legal dimensions of modelling the life cycles of family firms and the governance aspects of small to medium sized enterprises.

PhD Supervision Interests

I have experience of supervising several successful Phd candidates and I welcome for consideration MPhil/Phd proposals on corporate law, corporate governance and also trusts law including legal transplantation and law in a post colonial context in these areas. I particuarly enjoy comparative studies but in addition to theoretical emphasis I am also prepared to consider a wide range of socio-legal and/or empirical approaches.

Current Teaching

Current teaching includes company law, corporate governance and equity and trusts at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Courses taught in recent years include:LW206 Company Law, LW214 Law of Trusts, LLM120 Corporate Governance, LW202 Introduction to Property Law, LW303 Law and Religion.

Profile

Career Details

Graduated from Leicester University and was called to the UK and HK SAR Bar. He spent some time in legal editorial work before moving into academia. In addition to a stint as a foriegn expert in Beijing based at the Beijing Institute of Business in 1987-88, he has taught at the Universities of Central Lancashire 1980-89, City University of Hong Kong 1989-99 and Leeds Metropolitan 1999-2001, before joining Lancaster University in September 2001.

Managerial and Administrative Experience

I haveconsiderable experience of course directorships including full and part time LLBs and Business Studies degrees.Experince as a member of universities' quality assurance committees, an academic auditor, and a chairman and vice-chairman of staff and student grievance and disciplinary committees.Considerable experience in course development and validation in relation to degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of law, business studies, management, accounting and finance and international degrees across these diciplines. As well as considerable experience as an examiner for professional bodies has sat on various sub committees of law reform bodies and the Hong Kong Stock-Exchange Working Party on Corporate Governance in the mid 1990s.

As part of my continuing interest in the development of corporate governance in ChinaI have been a member of the management committee for the Management School's "Lancaster Centre for Management in China" for the last 9 years.My most recent role is that of Careers Advisor for the Lancaster Law School 2003-2010.

Current Research Projects

I am currently involved in a number of research projects in my areas of general interest.These include:

(a) Comparative minority shareholder protection in a corporate governance context and linked to this,

(b) The governance of small to medium sized enterprises and modeling the family firm in the context of legal vehicles for small to medium sized enterprises

(c) A comparative overview of the role of employees in corporate decision making and governance in the UK, China and several other jursidictions.

(d) Editing a book proposal examining the interrelationship of Religion, Business and the Law.

Additional Information

2012

Corporate Political Connection as a Determinant of Corporate Governance in Hong Kong

Lawton, P. 2012 In: Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 63

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

The Law in a Post-Colonial State: The Shareholders' Oppression Remedy in Malaysia

Salim, M. R. & Lawton, P. 02/2008 In: Global Jurist. 8, 1, 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Modeling the Chinese Family Firm and Minority Shareholder Protection: The Hong Kong Experience 1980-1995.

Lawton, P. 12/2007 In: Managerial Law - The International Journal of Law and Managment. 49, 5-6, p. 249-271 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Directors' duties in the SME context

Lawton, P. 2006 Governance and management strategies in the EU and China, part 5. Likai (ed.). Beijing: Intellectual Property Press, p. 193-265 73 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Governance issues in UK small to medium sized enterprises

Lawton, P. 2006 Governance and management strategies in the EU and China, Part 5. Likai (ed.). Beijing: Intellectual Property Press, p. 165-192 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

SOEs Reform from a governance perspective and its relationship with privately owned publicly listed corporations in China.

Lawton, P. & Wei-Qi, C. 2005 Challenges for China's Development: An enterprise perspective. Routledge-Curzon, 24 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2002

Corporate Governance and the Company Secretary: A Hong Kong Contextual and Empirical Appraisal.

Lawton, P. 1/06/2002 In: Corporate Governance International. 5, 2, p. 4-35 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

2000

Corporate governance: what's in a minute?

Lawton, P. 2000 In: Journal of Chinese and Comparative Law. 4, p. 157-176 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Cadbury bites the dust? Re Astec (BSR) plc: some thoughts on corporate governance and minority shareholder protection

Lawton, P. 1998 In: Corporate Governance International. 1, 2, p. 14-24 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Directors' duties in Hong Kong

Lawton, P. 1998 Company secretarial manual. Tyler, E. L. G. (ed.). Hong Kong: THC Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1996

Expanding shareholder control in Hong Kong

Lawton, P. 1996 Legal developments in China: market economy and law. Wang, K. & Wei, C. (eds.). Hong Kong: Sweet and Maxwell

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Berle and Means, Corporate Governance and the Chinese Family Firm

Lawton, P. 1996 In: Australian Journal of Corporate Law. 6, p. 348-381 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1995

Corporate governance and informal decision making: part 2

Lawton, P. 1995 In: CGQ: Corporate Governance Quarterly. 1, 2, p. 29-41 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Corporate governance and informal decision making: part 1

Lawton, P. 1995 In: CGQ: Corporate Governance Quarterly. 1, 1, p. 17-24 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Directors' remuneration, benefits and extractions: an analysis of their uses, abuses and controls in the corporate governance context of Hong Kong

Lawton, P. 1995 In: Australian Journal of Corporate Law. 5, p. 430-458 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1993

Companies law

Lawton, P. 1993 Law relating to banking in Hong Kong. Roebuck, D. (ed.). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, p. 137-183 47 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Meetings in Hong Kong: their law and practice

Lawton, P. 1993 Hong Kong: Longmans Asia. 408 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1992

Meetings: their law and practice

Lawton, P. & Rigby, E. R. 1992 5th ed. London: Pitman. 424 p. (M & E handbook series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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