Dr. John Wood

Lecturer in Law

Lancashire Law School

Harris Building, HB152

+44 (0) 1772 89 3084

Subject Areas: Law

John Wood writes about corporate insolvency law with a particular focus on the UK’s insolvency procedures such as administration, company voluntary arrangements, and pre-packaged administration. He also has a keen interest in cross border insolvency proceedings. He teaches at foundation, LLB, LLM and LPC level and he supervises dissertations at LLB, LLM level in addition to LLM LPC projects in the fields of insolvency law and company and commercial law.

Full Profile

John Wood studied his LLB at the University of Leeds before commencing on a LLM in Insolvency Law at the same school a year later. After graduation, he worked at a solicitors firm in the civil litigation department before he returned to Leeds Law School as a part-time student in order to work on his PhD project: “Corporate Rescue: A Critical Analysis of its Fundamentals and Existence”. He was awarded the PhD degree in 2013 and commenced his academic career as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Leeds, School of Law. After this post he joined Lancashire Law School as Lecturer in Law in 2014.

John Wood’s research concerns corporate insolvency law and has published in this area.

John had an article published in June 2017 in The Conversation about Marks and Spencer’s strategy on online shopping, entitled ‘M&S delivers – but is it too late?’


  • PhD (Corporate Insolvency Law and Rescue), University of Leeds, School of Law, 2013
  • LLM (Masters in Insolvency Law), University of Leeds, School of Law, 2007
  • LLB (Hons) Law, University of Leeds, School of Law, 2006
Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies:


  • Insolvency Lawyers’ Association – Academic Member


  •  The Meaning of ‘Economic Activity’ and ‘Establishment’ in Cross-border Insolvency Proceedings – The Implications of Olympic Airlines SA case, International Company and Commercial Law Review, (2015)
  • The Objectives of Administration, Company Lawyer, (2015), 36(1), 1
  • Defining Corporate Failure: Addressing the ‘Financial Distress’ Concept: Part 1, 27 Insolvency Intelligence, issue 3, (2014), 41
  • Defining Corporate Failure: Addressing the ‘Financial Distress’ Concept: Part 2, 27 Insolvency Intelligence, issue 4, (2014), 56


Research activities

  • Insolvency Law
  • Cross Border Insolvency
  • International Corporate Rescue
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Governance


May 2010, Centre for Business Law and Practice, University of Leeds

Presented a paper on the relationship between efficiency and determining the existence of a corporate rescue model in the UK

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Teaching: Company Law; English Legal System; Lawyer skills and Professional Development; Legal Research and Reasoning Skills; Family Law; Equity and Trusts; Introduction to Business Law; Companies and the Law; Legal Obligations in Business Law; Insolvency Law; International Business and Commercial Law
  • Module leader: Insolvency Law; International Company and Commercial Law; Legal Obligations in Business; Introduction to Business Law
  • Supervising LLB, LLM dissertations and LLM LPC projects in Company/Corporate related issues, Insolvency Law, Corporate Rescue, International Company and Commercial Law