Dr Sarah Brown

Dr Sarah Brown


I am a qualified solicitor and have worked in practice, and in industry, covering both commercial and private client work.

Having completed my PhD at Leeds in 2006, I took up a lectureship at the School of Law, leading to my current post, and I am the Postgraduate (Taught) Tutor, with responsibility for the students on our Taught Postgraduate programmes.

I am a member of the editorial team for Goode Consumer Credit Law and Practice (LNUK).


  • Postgraduate (Taught) Tutor

Research interests

My research interests cover all aspects of regulation of consumer credit, both unsecured and secured, personal insolvency and consumer law more generally. I am particularly interested in the nature of the credit relationship, the issues surrounding consumer vulnerability and vulnerability theory. I recently published a monograph entitled The Regulation of Consumer Credit A Transatlantic Analysis which provides a comparative analysis of the regulation of consumer credit. Described as an ‘outstanding monograph that offers a unique and timely analysis’ the book explores the regulation and treatment of the consumer credit relationship in the UK and the US. I have also published in a number of peer reviewed journals and as chapter contributor in edited collections, my most recent being a chapter on the regulatory response to access to justice and financial services for vulnerable consumers, in  Vulnerable Consumers and the Law, Consumer Protection and Access to Justice ( eds  C Riefa and S Saintier, 2021).

I have been part of a team from the School of Law at the University of Leeds in a research project looking at 'Boosting growth through strengthening investor and creditor protection in China: How China can learn from the UK experience.' The project is in collaboration with the Management School at the University of Wuhan and is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its flagship Global Challenges Research Fund. The principal research objective is to address whether and how growth in China can be sustained through development and reform of the financial and legal system taking into account both the historical experience in the UK and the interaction between the formal legal environment and less formal behavioural norms.

I was also part of the project team of a European Commission contracted Study on Substantive Insolvency Law. The project team was also made up of colleagues Gerard McCormack, Andrew Keay and Judith Dahlgreen from the University of Leeds. The team has now completed the Study which collected, evaluated and analysed insolvency law data provided by a team of national reporters in the 28 EU Member States. We identified areas where disparities in national laws produce problems that have impacts outside national boundaries: creating an environment that tries to avert business and personal economic failure but severely sanctions conduct that constitutes an abuse of the fundamental freedoms underpinning the EU legal order. This study will enhance the knowledge base of the Commission and set the scene for possible future initiatives by the Commission in the field of insolvency law.

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  • PhD (Leeds)
  • MA (Cantab)
  • City and Guilds Certificate in Adult Education

Professional memberships

  • Law Society
  • Society of Legal Scholars

Student education

I have taught over a wide range of modules connected to the commercial and consumer world, including sales, banking and finance and torts.

I also supervise dissertations both at undergraduate and postgraduate level in a range of subjects including Commercial Law, Banking and Financial Services Law, Land Law, Tort Law and Consumer Law.

I supervise and have supervised PhD students in the areas of EU Consumer regulation, consumer protection, regulation of private lending in China and regulation of bankers’ remuneration.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice
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