Brenda Hannigan is a corporate lawyer with wide-ranging interests across the field of company law and corporate governance, as befits the author of one of the leading UK textbooks (Hannigan, Company Law, OUP). She teaches at undergraduate and post-graduate level with an emphasis on topical legal issues such as sustainability reporting, director and auditor liabilitles and shareholder rights. She was Head of the Law School from 2016 to 2020.
- Sustainability reporting
- Directors' Liabilities
- Risk Management
- Shareholder remedies
- Conflict of Interests
I am currently examining the proposals by the Dept of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HMRC, and HM Treasury on corporate re-domiciliation - in effect, the proposal is to enable offshore companies to transfer their corporate registration to the UK. Also considering the proposed new role of Companies House, the public registry, which is the subject of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill which will be before Parliament in this session, 2022-23.
Having just completed work (forthcoming book chapter) on the extent of shareholder information rights in the UK, I am now examining the development of shareholder remedies since 1945 - this work will combine with work from colleagues across the UK examining the historical development of company law.
Current PhD Students
LLB: Company Law
LLM: Corporate Governance - Regulating Boards
LLM: Corporate Governance - Shareholder Rights and responsibilities
LLM: Corporate Governance - Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvency Law
I am a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Harvard Law School and I have held various posts in the University of Southampton from Lecturer through to Professor. I was Head of the Law School from 2016 to 2020.
I am the general editor of Butterworths Company Law Service and consultant editor of Butterworths Company Law Handbook. I am also a guest member of the Law Society Company Law Committee. I regularly engage with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as the lead Department with responsibility for company law and corporate governance and also with Companies House, the public registry.