Commercial Law Research Unit

The Commercial Law Research Unit (CLRU) merges the existing areas of expertise in commercial law in the Department of Law and the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BILP). The unit's primary objective is to produce and promote exceptional research, teaching and knowledge exchange activities in the area of commercial law.

An important aspect of our role is to bridge the gap between academic law and its practical application. The research interest and activities of the CLRU focus on a wide range of commercial law related activities including corporate social responsibility, employment law, international trade law, banking and finance law, financial regulation, financial crime, information technology law, corporate governance and consumer law.

The activities of the CLRU include conducting research, reacting to new strategies at a local, regional and national level, responding to legislative and policy proposals by the government, European institutions and other international agencies.


The CLRU aims to:

  • To produce research of an international standard that is circulated via a wide range of recognised outputs
  • To produce knowledge exchange outputs to national and international audiences
  • To increase contacts with other research units both in the United Kingdom and overseas
  • To continue to deliver high quality specialist postgraduate taught LLM programmes in the areas of Commercial Law, International Banking and Financial Law and International Trade Law
  • To continue to deliver high quality specialist undergraduate teaching
  • To expand, foster and develop it's the number of research students

The CLRU promotes and supports research activity across the broad spectrum of Commercial Law by assisting collaborative publications, improving external contacts with the profession, industry and colleagues in other academic institutions, and by providing supportive mechanisms when bidding for external research/project income.

Research Interests

The research and knowledge exchange activities of the CLRU cover a wide area of commercial law including such topics as contract law, company law, intellectual property, globalisation and international trade, consumer credit, banking regulation, the law of succession, insolvency law, corporate social responsibility, information technology law, employment law, money laundering, fraud, terrorist financing, insider dealing, the confiscation of the proceeds of crime, virtual financial crime and cybercrime.


If you are interested in the work of the Commercial Law Research Unit and would like to find out more, please email Dr Lachmi Singh-Rodrigues, Unit Head or write to her at this address:

Faculty of Business and Law,
University of the West of England,
Frenchay Campus,
Coldharbour Lane,
BS16 1QY

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