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Professor Harry McVea

Professor Harry McVea

Professor Harry McVea
LL.B. (Belf.), Ph.D.(H.-W.)

Professor of Law

Area of research

Professor of Law

Office 3.34
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5316


Company Law; Securities Regulation; Financial Services


Harry McVea studied law at The Queen’s University, Belfast, and law and economics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He joined the Law School in 1989 and became a Professor of Law in 2013. Harry is also a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, and has previously been a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (1994–1995), and a Visiting Parsons Scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney (2003).

Harry has also been a Visiting Lecturer in Company Law at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Professional and Continuing Education, and in Financial Services Regulation at the University of Bar-Ilan, Israel. And he has previously been a Fellow of Gray’s Inn, London (2009-2013), and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London (2009-2010).

Harry teaches Company Law, Contract Law. and Regulation of Financial Markets and Institutions. He is author of Financial Conglomerates and the Chinese Wall (Oxford University Press), as well as a wide range of articles in leading academic journals. Harry’s current research interests include hedge fund regulation, the regulation of credit rating agencies, and the regulation of the legal profession, in particular alternative business structures (ABS) and multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs).

Journal article

McVea, H. ‘Section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 and the Primacy of Contract’ (2012) 75(6) Modern Law Review 1124 – 1137  

McVea, H. ‘Client Money Rules and Lehman Brothers’, [2011] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, (pp. 411-427). ISSN: 0306-2945

McVea, H. ‘Credit Rating Agencies, The Subprime Mortgage Debacle and Global Governance: The EU Strikes Back’ (2010) 59 International and Comparative Law Quarterly  (pp. 701-730). ISSN: 0020-5893 10.1017/S0020589310000278

McVea, H. ‘Hedge fund regulation, market discipline and the Hedge Fund Working Group’, (2009) 4(1) Capital Markets Law Journal, (pp. 1-22). ISSN: 1750-7219 10.1093/cmlj/kmn033

Chapter in a book

McVea, H. ‘Alternative Investments and Retail Investors? A Bold but Risky Experiment’, in P Athanassiou (Ed.), Research Handbook on Hedge Funds, Private Equity And Alternative Investments, (pp. 141-169), Edward Elgar, 2012. ISBN: 9781849802789 

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