Current teaching includes company law, corporate governance and equity and trusts at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Courses taught in recent years include:LW206/now334 Company Law, LW214/now331 Law of Trusts, LLM120 Corporate Governance, LLM5231 Contracts and Companies, LW202 Introduction to Property Law, LW303 Law and Religion.
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 roles include those of Careers Advisor for the Lancaster Law School 2003-2010 and LLM Coordinator 2012-14.
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. A comparison of the corporate governance problems facing family controlled firms in various jurisdictions with particular emphasis on SMEs
(c) A comparative overview of the role of employees in corporate decision making and governance in the UK, China and several other jursidictions. Particular emphasis being focused on similar issues encountered in harmonization and legal transplantation.
(d) Working on a book exploring the law relating to nominee directors and director interlocks.
Phil's areas of interest are Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Equity and Trusts. He is particularly 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
Philip Lawton has experience of supervising over a score of successful Phd candidates and welcomes 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. He particularly enjoys comparative studies but in addition to theoretical emphasis he is also prepared to consider a wide range of socio-legal and/or empirical approaches.
Corporate Political Connection as a Determinant of Corporate Governance in Hong Kong
Lawton, P. 2012 In: Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 63
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.
Modeling the Chinese Family Firm and Minority Shareholder Protection: The Hong Kong Experience 1980-1995.
Lawton, P. 12/2007 In: Managerial Law. 49, 5-6, p. 249-271. 23 p.
Directors' duties in the SME context
Lawton, P. 2006 In: Governance and management strategies in the EU and China, part 5. Beijing : Intellectual Property Press p. 193-265. 73 p.
Governance issues in UK small to medium sized enterprises
Lawton, P. 2006 In: Governance and management strategies in the EU and China, Part 5. Beijing : Intellectual Property Press p. 165-192. 18 p.
SOEs Reform from a governance perspective and its relationship with privately owned publicly listed corporations in China.
Lawton, P., Wei-Qi, C. 2005 In: Challenges for China's Development: An enterprise perspective. Routledge-Curzon 24 p. ISBN: 0-415-34133-7.
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.
Division of Duties and Responsibilities between the Company Secretary & Directors in Hong Kong.
Lawton, P. 1/04/2001
Corporate governance: what's in a minute?
Lawton, P. 2000 In: Journal of Chinese and Comparative Law. 4, p. 157-176. 20 p.
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.
Directors' duties in Hong Kong
Lawton, P. 1998 In: Company secretarial manual. Hong Kong : THC Press
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.
Expanding shareholder control in Hong Kong
Lawton, P. 1996 In: Legal developments in China. Hong Kong : Sweet and Maxwell ISBN: 9780421568907.
Corporate governance and informal decision making: part 1
Lawton, P. 1995 In: Corporate Governance International. 1, 1, p. 17-24. 8 p.
Corporate governance and informal decision making: part 2
Lawton, P. 1995 In: Corporate Governance International. 1, 2, p. 29-41. 13 p.
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.
Lawton, P. 1993 In: Law relating to banking in Hong Kong. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press p. 137-183. 47 p. ISBN: 9789622093195 .
Meetings in Hong Kong: their law and practice
Lawton, P. 1993 Hong Kong : Longmans Asia. 408 p. ISBN: 962000132X.
Meetings: their law and practice
Lawton, P., Rigby, E.R. 1992 5th ed. London : Pitman. 424 p. ISBN: 9780712114226 .