Dr Steven Montagu-Cairns

Dr Steven Montagu-Cairns


I am a multi-award-winning academic and higher education strategic leader specialising in financial regulation, corporate governance and prevention of financial crime within multinational corporate entities. As the Deputy Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education at the University of Leeds, I have a passion for innovative pedagogy, game based learning and the use of digital technology within legal education. I am committed to liberating legal pedagogy from outdated methods that have led to an impersonal, uninspiring and disjointed learning experience for the modern student. I'm the co-founder and co-convenor of Legal Educational Games: Engagement, Network and Dissemination (LEGEND) the largest global network to support academics interested in the use of game based learning in legal education.

Recent Publications

Steven Montagu-Cairns, ‘You wake up in a locked room… Using digital escape rooms to promote student engagement’ THE Campus 2023 (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/campus/you-wake-locked-room-using-digital-escape-rooms-promote-student-engagement)

Steven Montagu-Cairns & Andrew Campbell, ‘The Risks of Fintech to Financial Crime’ in Walker et al, Financial Technology and Digital Commercial Law (OUP: 2023)

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 & Pasculli Corruption in the Global Era: Causes, Sources and Forms of Manifestation (Routledge 2019)


  • Deputy Director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education
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  • Phd
  • LLM
  • PGCert LTHE
  • LLB

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
  • Committee Member of the Association of Law Teachers
  • External Member of the Financial Crime Research Network
  • Founder of Legal Educational Games: Evaluation, Network Dissemination (LEGEND) 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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