To all those reading this I am David Gibbs; I am a Lecturer in Company and Commercial Law at the University of Hertfordshire.

I created this blog as a general out-let of ideas for my research, as well as keeping those interested up-to-date on my research and general interests.

I completed my PhD thesis at the University of East Anglia in 2014. The thesis was recommended for the award of PhD with no corrections. My external examiner was Prof. Simon Deakin (Cambridge) and internal examiner was Prof. Morten Hviid.
My PhD research centred on directors' duties and company law. The thesis was titled 'Non-Executive Self-Interest: Fiduciary Duties and Corporate Governance'. It was a doctrinal and empirical study on whether self-interest was suitably controlled amongst non-executive directors.

My supervisors were Prof. Mathias Siems, Prof. Duncan Sheehan, Dr. Sara Connolly and Dr. Rob Heywood

All opinions of any existing or future blogpost are my own. They do not necessarily represent the views of any of my associated institutions.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Grant Successes

Over the past few weeks I have received good news regarding my 2 grant applications with both being accepted in full.

The first success was from the Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research Institute at the University of Hertfordshire. This was a multidiscipline grant award to foster collaborative research between schools. The application was made with Dr. David Gindis from the Business School. The grant will help pay towards a one day workshop in May/June this week on 'Variety of Corporate Governance: Theory, reality and policy. I shall post updates here as an when I have them.

The second success was from the British Academy. This was for their Quantitative Skills Award, which enables me to work with a mentor on defined research projects that involve quantitative empirical analysis so as to enhance my skill set in this area. I will be working with Dr Chidiebere Ogbonnaya at the Eastern Academic Research Consortium.  The projects include furthering my analysis on derivative claims and enhancing my existing data set on non-executive directors, most likely with a comparative element. More to follow as and when. 

Saturday, 14 February 2015

LCCGE Presentation

Last Friday I presented my research at the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics. It was a good experience and a good chance to publicise the work. The presentation is now available online and can be found here

Monday, 26 January 2015

Forthcoming Publication

In the coming months I will have a publication released on the director's duty to avoid a conflict of interest. It is titled 'The absolute limit of directors' fiduciary liability for conflicts of interest: The director's perspective'. I shall provide the citation when I have one.

The abstract is below and the analysis incorporates new authorities on the issue from the last 6 years including: FHR European Ventures LLP v Cedar Capital Partners LLC [2014] UKSC 45; Halcyon House v Baines [2014] EWHC 2216; The Northampton Regional Livestock Centre Company Ltd v Cowling [2014] EWHC 30 (QB); Ross River Ltd v Waveley Commercial Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 910; Ranson v Customer Systems [2012] EWCA Civ 841; Rossetti Marketing Ltd v Diamond Sofa Company Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 1021; Cambridge v Makin [2011] EWHC 12 (QB); JD Wetherspoons plc v Van de Berg & Co Ltd [2009] EWHC 639; and Re Allied Business [2009] EWCA 751.


The absolute limits of fiduciary loyalty are misunderstood in the context of directors as analyses focus on the interests of the principal alone. This article will demonstrate that such an approach is inconsistent with traditional fiduciary analysis and that it is the specific undertaking to the principal’s interests that determine the limits of loyalty in a fiduciary relationship.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

LCCGE Birkbeck seminar series presentation

Next month on February 6th I will be presenting my research at Birkbeck, University of London's Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics (LCCGE) as part of their monthly seminar series. The full seminar series list can be found here. The seminar is taking place on February 6th 2015 from 18:00-19:30 followed by a reception. It is open to the public so all are welcome to attend.

The presentation will focus on my PhD and ongoing research. It is titled 'Self-interest amongst non-executive directors: Fiduciary and governance controls'.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

SSAHRI Research Conference

As part of my research grant I have been asked to produce a poster about my research. I will be presenting it next Wednesday at Hertfordshire College Lane for anyone in the vicinity. I focused on the variable of remuneration from the study given the limited room to try and explain every variable and point from the study in a single poster.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Research Development Conference

Last Friday I went to and presented at the University of Hertfordshire's Research Development Conference. I gave a presentation on 'My three tips on using social media in research'. For those interested my presentation can be found here and my notes can be found here.

My three tips were to: 1) have a strategy; 2) have an audience/niche; and 3) have rules. These three tips are mainly aimed at allowing someone new to social media to use it to enhance their research by reaching a wider audience but they are by no means the definitive way to use social media as a researcher.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

WINIR Symposium: Accepted Papers List Published

The World International Network for Institutional Researchers (WINIR) has published its list of accepted papers to its website. For my paper that I will be presenting on non-executive directors, the abstract can be found here. There is also a preliminary programme for the three day event. There will be between 80-100 papers presented as well as keynote speakers from Simon Deakin (Cambridge); Colin Mayer (Oxford); Ugo Pagano (Siena); and Philip Pettit (Princeton).