David Gibbs-Kneller


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Key Research Interests

David's research interests are private law including 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: 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 a lecturer in law specialising in company and commercial law. His research interests include corporate governance, the law relating to fiduciaries or Chancery subjects, company law, and contract law. He is happy to receive PhD proposals in these areas, including those that are interdisciplinary or adopt mixed methods.

David completed his PhD from the University of East Anglia in 2014. His research investigated whether non-executive directors' self-interest was suitably controlled by legal rules and corporate governance mechanisms. This was conducted through a mixed methods of analysis of doctrinal rules, theoretical application, and a quantitative empirical analysis of multiple directorships on corporate boards in FTSE 100 companies. His viva was conducted in April 2014 without correction. David also holds an LL.B in Business Law and an LL.M in Commercial Law. He also spent the summer of 2009 studying at the Centre of Public Policy, Prague.

David has published widely in corporate law journals, particularly on topics relating to directors' duties and private enforcement. His research utilises mixed methods, using quantitative data and legal analysis to make recommendations. David has developed his quantitative skills as part of his PhD training and was awarded the Quantitative Skills Award by the British Academy in 2015.

As well as publishing, David has helped organise 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's teaching is currently Company Law and International Trade Law at undergraduate level and he is the module leader for the latter. At Postgraduate level he teaches and is module leader for Comparative International Sales Law. David's other teaching interests are varied with a general interest in the law and has held teaching responsibility on a variety of modules including: contract law; commercial law; legal methods; comparative and European company laws; and English legal process.

David is an academic advisor for students on both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He was also admitted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2019, which recognises his learning and teaching practice as meeting the professional standards framework in Higher Education.

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, having competed in several races. He completed the 2018 Norwich 10km in under 40mins. He also supports his local animal sanctury and has adopted 3 cats. David is married with one son.

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

Guest Lecturer, King's College London

Feb 2013Mar 2013

Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

Aug 2012Sep 2017


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