UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof John Lowry

Prof John Lowry

Emeritus Professor of Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Jul 2001

Research summary

Current research interests include directors’ fiduciary obligations, shareholder remedies, the duty of good faith in insurance contract law and insurance contract terms. He has completed a new edition of  Company Law for Oxford University Press (published 10 August 2022) and has recently completed two papers that examine, respectively, the exercise of shareholders' voting powers and fundamental terms in insurance contract law. A new edition of Lowry, Rawlings and Merkin Insurance Law: Doctrines and Principles (Oxford, Hart Publishing) was published in September 2022. 

Teaching summary

Supervisor for LLM student research essays

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University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Laws |
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Laws |


John Lowry joined the Faculty of Laws in 2004 having moved from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary London. Between 2007-2011 he was Vice Dean of the Faculty and Head of the Department of Law. He has taught law in the USA and practised in Toronto, Canada specialising in corporate litigation.

John has published widely in domestic and international law journals on directors’ duties, shareholder remedies and insurance contract law and he has co-authored books on company law, insurance  law, and limitation of actions.  He is  Company Law section editor for the Journal of Business Law and Case Review editor for International Corporate Rescue. He also serves on the editorial boards of the The Company Lawyer; Current Legal Problems; European Business Law Review; and Laws. He has been a contributing editor to Gore-Browne on Companies and OUP's Annotated Companies Legislation.

Between 2000-2002 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. In 2001 he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Connecticut, Centre for Insurance Law Research and in 2010 he was Distinguished Global Jurist Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2008 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of Monash University. He is currently Visiting Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law. 

John has acted as consultant to the Law Commission (shareholder remedies; directors duties; and insurance contract law) and his work (including joint authorship) has been cited by the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission and the Law Reform Commission (Ireland). In 2015 he was appointed a member of the Hong Kong Standing Committee on Company Law Reform. His work has been cited by appellate courts in England and Wales, Australia (NSWCA), Canada (SC), New Zealand  and Singapore (and his work on insurance fraud was argued before the UKSC in Versloot Dredging BV v HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung (The DC Merwestone)).