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Professor Daniel Attenborough

Professor of Corporate Law

Professor of Corporate Law in the Durham Law School


Daniel Attenborough is Professor of Corporate Law at Durham University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He joined Durham in 2015. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor, at the University of Leicester between 2007-2014. Outside of his academic career, he worked for the Legal Services Commission (now the Legal Aid Agency), an executive agency that provides information, advice, and legal representation to help people get access to justice. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, an LLM (with Distinction) from the University of Leicester, and a BA (Hons) from Nottingham Trent University. 

Current Reserch

His principal and current research and teaching interests are in the fields of corporate and commercial law, in the broadest sense; he has published widely on directors' duties, shareholder rights, comparative company law, and corporate governance theory. His scholarship has appeared in various leading law journals, including Legal Studies, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, European Business Organization Law Review, and the Journal of Environmental Law. In 2011 Daniel was awarded the prestigious Best Paper Prize at the Society of Legal Scholars annual conference which was held at Downing College, Cambridge University. He has also held visiting posts at various institutions, most recently the University of California, Berkeley, and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London.

Teaching Areas

Company Law

Corporate Governance

Mergers & Acquisitions

Research interests

  • Comparative UK and US Corporate Law
  • Corporate Governance theory
  • Directors’ duties
  • Shareholder rights


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Journal Article