Liverpool Skyline

School of Law

Dr Steven Cairns

Dr Steven Cairns


Dr Steven Cairns LLB PGCert LTHE LLM PhD FHEA

Dr Steven Cairns is a specialist in financial regulation and corporate governance within multinational financial groups. He is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Liverpool John Moores University. Having completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Liverpool entitled ‘Changing the Culture of Financial Regulation: a Corporate Governance Approach,’ Dr Cairns has published and delivered papers internationally on numerous areas of financial regulation. Dr Cairns has a particular interest in the elements of control and responsibility within international financial institutions. His research focuses on the roles and liabilities of both formal regulators and the board of directors (both executive and non-executive).

Teaching: Steven is the module leader for Maritime Law on the LLB. He is also module leader for International Commercial Maritime Law and Global Finance Law and Regulation on the LLM in International Business Corporate and Finance Law.

Steven is a member of the teaching team for Bank and Financial Services Regulation, The Law Relating to Financial Crime (LLB and LLM), Equity and Trusts and Commercial Law.


University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, LLM
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, LLB

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Law, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present


Journal article

Cairns S. 2012. Minority Shareholders: Law, Practice and Procedure Civil Justice Quarterly, 31 :131-133

Conference publication

Cairns S. 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 Socio-Legal Studies Association

Cairns S. The Business Decision Shield: Archaic Construct or 21st Century Director Protection Timeliness and timelessness-Corporate governance and regulatory challenges after the financial crisis of 2007-2009 and Brexit

Cairns S. Tackling financial crime within the maritime industry: a study of historical examples of fraud to propagate new thinking Centre for Port and Maritime History

Cairns S. 'Has the recent financial crisis eroded the Internal Management Rule?' Society of Legal Scholars Conference

Cairns S. ‘A directors’ duty to exercise skill, care and diligence: following the recent financial crisis is Lexi Holdings the key?’ Trinity College Dublin Law Colloquium

Cairns S. 'Risk Based Regulation: lessons from the FSA and the Financial Crisis, the too big to fail conundrum.' Society of Legal Scholars


Cairns S. Changing the culture of financial regulation : a corporate governance approach Arora A, Stokes R.

Engagement & Impact

Membership of professional bodies:

Subject Convenor Banking and Finance, Socio-Legal Studies Association

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Member, Financial Crime Research Network,

Member, Society of Legal Scholars

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education