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Prof. Iain MacNeil

Honorary Professor

LLB (Glasgow), PhD (Edinburgh)

Iain MacNeil joined the School of Law at the University of Glasgow in 2003 and was appointed to the Alexander Stone Chair of Commercial Law in 2005.  His early career was in the investment-banking sector in the City of London. He founded the LLM in Corporate & Financial Law in 2009 and served as Deputy and then Head of the School of Law from 2013 to 2019. As Head of School, he led the introduction of a Common Law LLB in 2018 and a major expansion in Law School staffing.

Iain is the Head of the Corporate & Financial Law Research Group at Glasgow and has published widely in collaboration with colleagues. Recent contributions include:

MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2022) The emergence of ‘comply or explain’ as a global model for corporate governance codes. European Business Law Review, (Accepted for Publication)


MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2020) The Pandemic Response in the UK in the Context of Corporate and Financial Law – within and without Law.


Wu, Betty H.T. , MacNeil, Iain and Chalaczkiewicz- Ladna, Katarzyna, “ ‘Say on Pay’ Regulations and Director Remuneration: Evidence from the UK in the Past 15 Years”,  20(2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 541-577 (2020)

Iris Chiu and Iain MacNeil, Research Handbook on Shadow Banking (Edward Elgar, 2018).

External roles: 

  • Deputy Convenor of the Law Panel, Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020;
  • Deputy Chair of the Law Panel for the UK Research Evaluation Framework (REF) 2021;
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge;
  • Senior Adviser with consulting firm Milieu SPRL (Brussels) on EU-commissioned projects;
  • Member of the editorial board of the Capital Markets Law Journal;
  • Member of the International Securities Regulation Committee of the International Law Association (ILA).

Area of Interest.

      • Corporate Law & Governance
      • Financial Regulation (banking, capital markets, insurance)
      • Sustainability and ESG investing
      • Comparative Law
      • Insurance Law
      • Contract Law

Iain has supervised many students to completion of their PhD and will consider PhD proposals in these areas of interest.