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Dr Victoria Barnes
Reader - Commercial Law


Dr Victoria Barnes is Reader in Commercial Law.  Her research examines contract, commercial and corporate law from transnational, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives.  She unpicks pivotal historic events, such as landmark cases, and place them in context.  Global actors, such as judges, lawyers, and other influential figures, including CEOs, feature heavily in her work often as catalysts for socio-legal change.  She has published around 40 journal articles and book chapters on these themes.  Victoria is co-editor of Business History (T&F), the flagship journal for UK & Europe recognised for its quality and rigour, ranked 4/4* by the 2021 Academic Journal Guide (formerly Association of Business School list).  She convenes the Legal History stream for the Society of Legal Scholars and, last year, she won funding to host the Society of Legal Scholars’s Annual Seminar on "the Origins of Company Law" and the WG Hart Workshop on "Theorists in Company Law".  She has benefitted from visiting, honorary or guest positions, holding roles in the last academic year at the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Exeter.  She set up the Minerva LAW Network, which invites judges, law commissioners, professional trainers and partners in law firms, to give career advice to international lawyers and improve the employability of PhD candidates, and ECRs, more generally. Before joining Brunel, she worked at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt for six years.


  • PhD, University of Reading


Newest selected publications

Barnes, V. and De Pascalis, F. (2022) 'R v Natwest (2021): Another turning point in the regulation of big banks?'. Company Lawyer. ISSN: 0144-1027

Journal article

Barnes, V. and Newton, L. (2022) 'Corporate identity, company law and currency: a survey of community images on English bank notes'. Management & Organizational History, 17 (1-2). pp. 43 - 75. ISSN: 1744-9359 Open Access Link

Journal article

Barnes, V. and Newton, L. (2022) 'Financing regions and industrial clusters in the nineteenth century', in Wilson, JF., Corker, C. and Lane, J. (eds.) Industrial Clusters Knowledge, Innovation Systems and Sustainability in the UK. London : Routledge. pp. 220 - 240. ISBN 10: 1-003-03635-X. ISBN 13: 978-0-367-46522-3.

Book chapter

Barnes, V. (2022) 'Gender and careers in the legal academy'. Comparative Legal History, 10 (1). pp. 103 - 106. ISSN: 2049-677X

Journal article

Barnes, V. (2022) 'The Foundations of Anglo-American Corporate Fiduciary Law'. The Journal of Legal History, 43 (1). pp. 117 - 119. ISSN: 0144-0365

Journal article
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