Staff profile

Larry Mead

Principal Lecturer




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Law School


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I have pursued an academic career for more than 37 years. I have extensive experience of teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. I have also taught on many short courses. The dominant areas of teaching have been Contract Law, Commercial Law, Business Law Company Law and Corporate governance. I have taught modules in these areas on law, accounting, business and management courses. I have previously taught modules in Criminal Law and for many years taught Evidence modules on the LL.B (Hons) Programme.

I am currently teaching Company Law and Evidence at undergraduate level and Module Leader at postgraduate level for Company Law, Legal Scholarship and the Independent Studies. I am also the LLM Programme Leader.

I also contribute to the court room training of police officers and other professionals.

Professional interests

I've combined an academic career with practice as a barrister. I was called to the Bar in 1977 and completed pupillage in 1978. It was in 1978 that I began my academic career here at Derby. Whilst being a lecturer, I did for many years practice as a barrister being a part-time Door Tenant at Gazette Chambers, later Rochester Chambers in Birmingham. I am currently a Door Tenant at Derwent Chambers in Derby.

Research interests

I have undertaken research in a wide range of areas within the field of Company Law. Most recently I have been researching specifically the Independence of Auditors, Minority Shareholder Protection and Women in the Boardroom.

In the area of Evidence, I am continuing research into the development and value of surveillance evidence.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of Lincoln's Inn.


Recent conferences

I have been a regular presenter at the EIASM Workshops in Corporate Governance held in Brussels. I have also presented papers in 2014 and 2015 at the European Business and Management Conference.

I have also undertaken the role of reviewer of material submitted for presentation at this conference.   

Recent publications

I have had a number of books published in the area of Company Law. I have also contributed to books, mainly in the area of Business Law. These include:

As sole author

Practical Company Law, A Guide to Practical Company Law and Company Law - A Tutor's Manual, - all published by Elm Publications.

As a contributing author

Business Environment and Information Technology, published by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; Business Law and also Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law, both published by Elsevier. Also, the Dictionary of Policing published by Willan.

I was co-author for The Modern Company published by Frank Cass.