Hogan Lovells Supports Cambridge University in Launching New Masters in Corporate Law

LONDON, 22 March 2012 - Cambridge University is launching in October 2012 a Masters in Corporate Law (MCL) with the support of international law firm Hogan Lovells. Hogan Lovells is sponsoring the appointment of a Cambridge University Law Faculty lecturer, Dr. Richard Williams, who will be known as the "Hogan Lovells Lecturer in Corporate Law". Dr. Williams will be closely involved with the teaching of company law generally at the Law Faculty and with the operation of the MCL, a Masters’-level course designed to offer students the opportunity to engage in detailed study of the legal and regulatory framework within which companies are governed and financed.

Dr. Williams was announced as the successful applicant in February 2012 and will take up his position in Autumn 2012. He will teach alongside the Cambridge Law Faculty's team of corporate lawyers, widely recognised as one of the strongest in the corporate law field. They include for 2012-13:

  • Brian Cheffins, SJ Berwin Professor of Corporate Law
  • Eilís Ferran, Professor of Company and Securities Law
  • Jodie Kirshner, University Lecturer in Corporate Law
  • Howell Jackson, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Dr. Williams, who has published extensively on directors’ disqualification and other aspects of corporate and insolvency law, is a fellow at Homerton College Cambridge and has previously contributed to the teaching of Company Law, Commercial Law and Law and Economics within the Faculty of Law. He previously was a lecturer in Law at Cardiff University.

The MCL is the first entirely new degree in Law to be established by Cambridge University since the nineteenth century, and has been designed to combine practical insights with academic and theoretical rigour, including modules such as accounting and finance, corporate litigation, corporate taxation, global financial regulation, trusts and pensions, and U.S. corporate law and securities regulation.

In addition to sponsoring the course lecturer, part of Hogan Lovells' commitment to the course includes offering Hogan Lovells corporate lawyer mentors to MCL students.  The firm hopes that by building networks with practitioners, students will gain valuable insights into the practical aspects of studying corporate law.

Lawson Caisley, graduate recruitment partner at Hogan Lovells, said:

"We are delighted to be supporting this new course at Cambridge in an important area of commercial law which will benefit the legal profession, whilst also providing an excellent course for those studying it. Hogan Lovells is committed to working collaboratively with academics to ensure we have the capacity in the UK to provide world class law teaching."

Brian Cheffins, member of Cambridge University's Law Faculty said: 

"We have a long term commitment to growing and developing our teaching capability in the area of corporate law.  Cambridge has a world class law faculty and we need to keep developing fresh and innovative courses for talented post-graduate students from around the world.  The new Masters course and Hogan Lovells Lecturer in Corporate Law are a central part of this commitment and we are delighted that we have been able to attract the necessary financing for this role.  We aim to maintain our academic leadership in this area and working with a leading international law firm like Hogan Lovells is an excellent way to achieve the very high standards that we set in both teaching and research."

Find out more about the MCL at: http://mcl.law.cam.ac.uk/

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