David Gibbs-Kneller


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Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

David's research interests are in private law including the rule of law, bailments, corporate law and governance, the law relating to fiduciaries, contract law, and carriage of goods. He is happy to receive PhD proposals in these areas, including those that are interdisciplinary or adopt mixed methods.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Teaching: Contract Law; Company Law; International Trade Law

Postgraduate Teaching: Comparative International Sales Law

Previous Teaching: Commercial Law; Contract Law; Comparative and European Company Laws

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


David is an Associate Professor in Private Law. His research interests include the rule of law, corporate governance, the law relating to fiduciaries, company law, bailments, carriage of goods and contract law. He is happy to receive PhD proposals in any private law area, including those that are interdisciplinary or adopt mixed methods.

David has published his research in World leading and internationally recognised journals. This includes the Law Quarterly Review where he published his work on the rule of law and bailments. 

His research adopts mixed methods of analysis. With a PhD that empirically investigated whether non-executive directors took multiple appointments as perquisite consumption and the first published empirical study on the UK's statutory derivative claim, in 2015 David's empirical skills were recognised when he was awarded the British Academy's Quantitative Skills Award.

The impact of David's work includes contributions to ongoing discussion regarding the regulation of matters such as intermediated securities and digital assets both nationally with the Law Commission and internationally with UNIDROIT. He has also supported the organisation of collaborative workshops and conferences. In 2017 David assisted in the organisation of a conference on Corporate Governance with Cass Business School, Board Agenda, Mines Tech Paris, and Frank Bold. He also co-organised two workshops on 'Variety of Corporate Governance: Theory, Reality, Policy' between 2015-2016.

David lectures on Contract Law, Company Law, and International Trade Law at undergraduate level and he is the module leader for the latter. At Postgraduate level he lectures on, and is module leader for, Comparative International Sales Law. He has also delivered a variety of other modules including Comparative and European Company Laws, English Legal Process, Securities Law, and Commercial Law. His approach to teaching is research-led with a recursive dialgoue built in to his assessment and feedback cycle that allows students to develop their skills during their studies on his modules. David's commitment to teaching was recognised by the Higher Education Academy when he was admitted as a Fellow in 2019.

In his spare time David has participated in variety of sports. He grew up playing in goal for his school and county hockey team, winning both school and county championships. At University David took up rowing and sculling, reaching the final of the south coast championships in 2011. David now enjoys running, competing in races with his local club. In 2023 he ran his first marathon at London. David is active in his local community where he is a School governor at Queen's Hill primary school, developing and supporting the strategic aims of the school. He also supports his local animal sanctury and has adopted 3 cats. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia


Award Date: 16 Apr 2014

Master of Laws, University of Derby

Sep 2008Sep 2009

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Bachelor of Laws, University of Derby


Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

External positions

External Examiner, University of Southampton

1 Oct 20232028

External Examiner, London School of Economics and Political Science


Guest Lecturer, King's College London

Feb 2013Mar 2013

Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

Aug 2012Sep 2017


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