Robert joined Aston Business School from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he undertook research towards a Ph.D. in company law which he is currently completing. He holds a first class honours degree in accounting and finance from Brighton University and a master’s degree in commercial law (awarded with commendation) from Bristol University. His research interests are in company law, corporate governance and taxation. His principal publications are within company law. He is also interested in Scots law and has published in the leading Scottish law journals.
At Aston, Robert is Course Director for the Law and Management degree and also for the Law Minor component of the Combined Honours Politics with Law programme. As Director of Legal Studies, Robert oversees the law modules offered within the Business School. He also serves on the Business School’s Research Ethics Committee and in July 2005 he received a HEFCE funded teaching awarded for his contribution to teaching and learning within the Business School.
Robert has taught on a wide variety of courses at Aston (including Employment Law, European Law and Business Law) but he currently teaches on four courses: the postgraduate module Law of Investment Regulation (which he developed, and which is interdisciplinary in focus); and the undergraduate modules Company Law, Corporate Governance and Taxation. He also contributes to the postgraduate Business Ethics module on the MBA programme.
Away from the law, Robert is a member of the Thomas Hardy Society and the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. He is interested in banking history and in particular banking mergers and acquisitions in nineteenth century Dorset.