Prof Andrew Keay focuses primarily on all areas of company law with a particular focus on corporate governance issues, directors’ powers, duties and responsibilities, and shareholder rights and remedies, and in all areas of insolvency law (corporate and personal).
Keay was called to the Bar in Australia in 1976 and subsequently practised in South Australia where a fused profession exists. He acted as both a barrister and solicitor taking instructions in general commercial litigious and non-litigious matters with particular emphasis on companies, insolvency, partnerships, securities, trusts, general contractual advice and probate. In due course he became a partner in the firm of Playfords. Keay appeared as counsel in numerous matters in the Supreme Court of South Australia and various federal courts, including the Federal Court of Bankruptcy. He is admitted to practice in South Australia and Queensland, and before the federal courts of Australia.
After his life in practice, Keay became an academic, and over the course of many years taught at a number of Australian universities, primarily in company law, contract law, personal and corporate insolvency law, securities law, corporate finance law, corporate governance, consumer law and equity and trusts. He conducted research primarily in the fields of company law and insolvency law. His time in academia in Australia was interrupted by a stint as a deputy registrar in bankruptcy and deputy registrar of the Federal Court of Australia, when, among other things he heard applications under bankruptcy legislation and taxed costs.
Keay came to the UK in 1997. In 2002 he became, and continues to be professor of corporate and commercial law in the School of Law at the University of Leeds (and for some time the director of the Centre for Business Law and Practice) where he has taught, at the LLB level: company law, contract law, and corporate finance and insolvency law, and at the LLM level: insolvency law, international corporate governance, advanced corporate law, international business transactions and corporate liquidation law. Keay has supervised, and continues to supervise, a large number of PhD students who are writing theses on various company law and insolvency law issues. He has examined PhD theses at a number of universities including: University College, London, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield, Birkbeck College, London, University of Queensland and the University of Pretoria.
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This material was sourced from the Kings Chambers website.