Dr Steven Montagu-Cairns

Dr Steven Montagu-Cairns


I am a specialist in financial regulation and corporate governance within multinational financial groups. Having completed my doctoral thesis at the University of Liverpool entitled ‘Changing the Culture of Financial Regulation: a Corporate Governance Approach,’ I have published internationally on numerous areas of financial regulation and financial crime.

Recent Publications

Steven Montagu-Cairns, ‘Corporate criminal liability and the failure to prevent offence: an argument for the adoption of an omissions based offence in AML’ In Benson, King & Walker, Assets, Crimes and the State: Innovation in 21st Century Legal Responses (Routledge: 2020)

Steven Montagu-Cairns, ‘Fostering Business Relationships or an Inducement to Improper Performance: An analysis of the role of corporate hospitality following the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010’ In Ryder & Corruption in the Global Era: Causes, Sources and Forms of Manifestation (Routledge 2019)


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Research interests

I have a particular interest in the elements of control and responsibility within international financial institutions. 

I am the joint convenor of the Banking and Finance stream of the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

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  • Phd
  • LLM
  • PGCert LTHE
  • LLB

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
  • Convenor of the Banking and Finance stream of Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • External Member of the Financial Crime Research Network

Student education

Module Leader (when available)

International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework

Corporate Finance and Securities Law

Financial Crime

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education

Current postgraduate researchers

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