To all those reading this I am David Gibbs; I am a Lecturer in Law at the University of East Anglia.

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.
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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Leeds Conference on directors' duties and shareholder litigation

I recently attended a conference on Directors' duties and shareholder litigation in wake of the financial crisis at Leeds University.

Discussion focused mainly on s172 and the new statutory derivative claim, but there was also interesting insight from Andrew Campbell on psychological aspects affecting decision making, or John Armour's presentation regarding regulatory competition in Delaware.

The panel discussion was recorded and is available to download here. I managed to get a couple of questions in and you can hear them about a third to half the way in to the recording.

The papers are also available to download from the following links.

Mr Robert Hollington QC - The Winding up of Hedge Funds on Treasure Islands
Professor John Armour - Is Delaware Loosing its Cases?
Andrew Campbell - Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions (abstract only) - book available for purchase here.
Professor Janet Dine - Post-Concession Models in Potential European Company Law
Mr Louis Doyle - The Susceptibility to Meaningful Attack of Breaches of Directors' Duties under English Law
Dr Michael Galanis - The Dynamics of Corporate Bargaining and the Law vs Contract Debate: Chocolate, Cars and Other Systemic Issues
Professor Andrew Keay - The Duty to Promote the Interests of the Company: Fit for Purpose?
Professor Roman Tomasic - Shareholder Activism and Legislation Against UK Banks: The Limits of Company Law Remedies

I have also recently joined the LexisNexis Bloggers Network and will hopefully expand my readership


  1. Interesting view on Director's functions. I wonder if you've considered your core research areas with the overriding function of eliminating risky ventures against the backdrop of the global financial crisis. This I ask in view of the fact that we now know sound risk analyses were lacking, contributing in no small measure to the downturn.

  2. Good point and I think on the audio clip around 13/14mins Peter Taylor discusses the effect of the Companies Act 2006 s172 and how it aims to reduce the availability of management strategies that could result in market failure. It does this by reducing the availability of misinterpretation of best interests by stating who the company is meant to have regard to.

    However, I do not think the codified directors' duties does much by way of changing any of the law relating to the duties previously.