John Wood

Dr. John Wood

Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Social Science

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.

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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 the School of Law and Social Science 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

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Ordinary Member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • INSOL Academic Special Interest Group
  • Academic Member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA)


  • The Insolvency Lawyers Association, Academic Forum, Early Academic Competition Winner 2017


J Wood ‘Cross-border insolvencies after Brexit: challenges and recommendations’ (2017) 5 Nottingham Business and Insolvency Law e-Journal 7

J Wood, Review of the Regulatory System: How Effective has the Complaints Gateway been? (2017) 30 (7) Insolvency Intelligence 106-113.

J Wood ‘Brexit and the legal Implications for cross-border insolvencies: what does the future hold for the UK?’ (2017) 396 Company Law Newsletter 1-4

J Wood ‘The Sun is Setting: is it time to legislate pre-packs?’ (2016) 67(2) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 173-88

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Research activities

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


J Wood, ‘Insolvency Office Holder Discretion and Judicial Control’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Queen Mary University of London, 4th - 7th September 2018

J Wood, ‘The use of discretion in Insolvency Proceedings’, INSOL Academic Forum, London, 11th -13th July 2018

J Wood, ‘The use of discretion in Corporate Governance’, Banking and Finance Stream - SLSA, Bristol, 27-29 March 2018

J Wood, ‘The interaction between weak insolvency regulations and a dysfunctional corporate governance system: how recession is the game changer to enhanced regulation’, Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, 28 September 2017

J Wood, ‘Painting over the cracks: is the UK’s regulatory framework efficient in identifying and deterring opportunistic behaviour within administration?’ The Insolvency Lawyers Association, Academic Forum, London, 31 March 2017

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