On leaving school Alice Belcher qualified as a chartered accountant with the firm of Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Co (later KPMG). She then took a first degree in Law and Economics at the University of Keele and an MPhil in Economics at the University of Cambridge before being appointed to her first academic post as lecturer in Accountancy in the Department of Economics and Management Science at the University of Keele. She studied part-time for a PhD awarded by the University of Manchester in 1994. In 1993 she transferred to Keele's Department of Law.
She was appointed as a senior lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee in 1996 and received a Personal Chair in Law in 2000. She was Head of The Department of Law from August 2003 to January 2005. From 2006 to 2014 she was a non-executive director of NHS Education for Scotland (ministerial appointment) where she chaired the audit committee. This role gave her an insight into the regulation and education of NHS workers professionals, especially those working in Scotland. She is Programme Director of the LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics (Disctance Learning). She has acted as an assessor of research proposals for the National Institute of Health Research serving from 2009 to 2010 on the SDO (Service Delivery and Organisation) studies Panel; and from Jan 2012-June2014 as a member of the HS&DR (Health Services and Delivery Research Programme Commissioning Board. She was on the board and audit committee of Cairn Housing Association: A Registered Social Landlord in Scotland based in Edinburgh for 2 years to 2015.
She is currently a non-executive director of an apprentice-training social enterprise company based in her home city of Stoke on Trent.
'Tarunabh Khaitan, A THEORY OF DISCRIMINATION LAW' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 20, no. 2, pp. 254-255. DOI:
'Ruth Dukes, THE LABOUR CONSTITUTION Oxford: Oxford University Press (www.oup.com), 2014.' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 432-434. DOI:
Re-establishing the link between direction and employment in defining organisations. in Marco Biagi Foundation’s book series . Giappichelli Editore, Turin, 12th International Conference in Commemoration of Prof. Marco Biagi - “Labour and Social Rights: An Evolving Scenario”, Modena, Italy, 18-19 March.
Directors' decisions and the law: promoting success. Routledge Research in Corporate law, Routledge, Abingdon and New York.
'Metaphysical spookiness?: the collective responsibility of company directors' Griffith Law Review, vol 21, no. 3, pp. 609-636.
'What Makes a Director Fit?: An analysis of the workings of section 17 of the Company Dorectors Disqualification Act 1986' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 16, no. 3, pp. 386-409. DOI:
The 'gendered company' revisited. in Gender, sexualities and law. Routledge, pp. 65-78.
Corporate risk management and legal strategy. in A Masson & MJ Shariff (eds), Legal strategies: how corporations use law to improve performance. Springer , pp. 247-265. DOI:
'Governance reform pressures and processes in the NHS in Scotland' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 60, no. 1, pp. 105-116.
'‘Something distinctly not of this character’: how Knightian uncertainty is relevant to corporate governance' Legal Studies: the Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, vol 28, no. 1, pp. 46-67. DOI:
'Boundaries, corporate decision-making and responsibility' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 58, no. 2, pp. 211-228.
'Trust in the boardroom' Griffith Law Review, vol 16, no. 1, pp. 151-171.
'Audit quality and the market for audits: an analysis of recent UK regulatory policies' Bond Law Review, vol 18, no. 1, pp. Article 2.
'Imagining how a company thinks: what is corporate culture?' Deakin Law Review, vol 11, no. 2, pp. 1-21.
'The evolution of business knowledge in the context of unitary and two tier board structures' Journal of Business Law, no. July, pp. 443-472.
'Board diversity: can sex discrimination law help?' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 56, no. 3, pp. 356-372.
'Inside the black box: corporate laws and theories' Social & Legal Studies, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 359-376. DOI:
'The unitary board: fact or fiction?' Corporate Ownership & Control, vol 1, no. 1, pp. 147-158.
'Employers' liabilities for work-related stress' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 54, no. 3, pp. 289-310.
'Sharp v. Thomson: the SLC discussion paper' Insolvency Lawyer, vol 3, pp. 83-89.
'Corporate killing as a corporate governance issue' Corporate Governance: an International Review, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 47-54. DOI:
'The case for job-sharing elected representatives' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 380-393. DOI:
'Competition in professions - intervention by the OFT' Professional Negligence, vol 17, no. 4, pp. 243-249.
Board responsibilities in the voluntary sector: the case of housing associations. in A Dunn (ed.), The voluntary sector, the state and the law. Hart Publishing, pp. 59-73.
'The not-mother puzzle' Social & Legal Studies, vol 9, no. 4, pp. 539-556. DOI:
'A feminist perspective on contract theories from law and economics' Feminist Legal Studies, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 29-46. DOI:
Equal opportunities, staff development and assertiveness. in A Morris & T O'Donnell (eds), Feminist perspectives on employment law. Cavendish Publishing, pp. 43-60.
'Housing association governance in Scotland and England' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 2, pp. 104-118.
'The boundaries of the firm: the theories of Coase, Knight and Weitzman' Legal Studies: the Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, vol 17, no. 1, pp. 22-39. DOI:
'Jumping the queue' Journal of Business Law, pp. 1-22.
Corporate rescue : a conceptual approach to insolvency law. Sweet & Maxwell, London.
'A story of Edwardian shopkeepers: Beatrix Potter's Ginger and Pickles' Griffith Law Review, vol 6, pp. 181-210.
'Scottish charities and governance' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 3, pp. 176-189.
'Gendered company: views of corporate governance at the Institute of Directors' Feminist Legal Studies, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 176-189. DOI:
'Compliance with the Cadbury Code and the reporting of corporate governance' Company Lawyer, vol 17, no. 1, pp. 11-17.
R&D decisions : strategy, policy and disclosure. Routledge.
R&D disclosure: theory and practice. in R&D decisions : strategy, policy and disclosure. Routledge, pp. 203-223.
The decision to disclose R&D expenditure. in R&D decisions : strategy, policy and disclosure. Routledge, pp. 241-258.
'The invention, innovation and diffusion of self-regulation in corporate governance' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 47, no. 3, pp. 322-334.
'The Cadbury Code "compliance report"' Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, vol 4, no. 1, pp. 82-89. DOI:
Introduction: R&D decisions in strategy, policy and disclosure. in A Belcher, J Hassard & SJ Procter (eds), R&D decisions : strategy, policy and disclosure. Routledge research in organizational behaviour and strategy, Routledge, London, pp. 1-21.
'Techniques for evaluating regulatory change' European Journal of Law and Economics, vol 2, no. 3, pp. 211-226. DOI:
'Regulation by the market: the case of the Cadbury Code and compliance statement' Journal of Business Law, pp. 321-342.
'Leasehold covenants, indemnities and group reconstructions' Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, pp. 199-211.
'Codes of conduct and accountability for NHS boards' Public Law, pp. 288-297.
'Predicting company failure' Insolvency Law and Practice, vol 7, no. 2, pp. 64-67.
annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland
Activity: Participation in conference