Stuart Cross joined the then Department of Law in 1994, became a Senior Lecturer in 2002 and was promoted to a personal Chair in Law in 2014. He is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Dundee and is a qualified solicitor.
After postgraduate study at the University of Dundee he had twelve years' experience as a practising solicitor specialising in corporate law, latterly as a partner in a commercial firm in Glasgow. Since moving to Dundee he has linked his interests in company and commercial law with activity in relation to charities. Under the aegis of the Law School's Charity Law Research Unit he has participated in major research projects commissioned by the Scottish Office/Scottish Executive and advised the Scottish Executive's Bill Reference Group for the then Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill in relation to proposals for a new charitable incorporated body in Scotland.
He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Charity Law Sub-Committee, a board member of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and chairs the board of Fife Cultural Trust.
Publications range across the areas of company law, charity law, corporate governance and the interface between law and technology. Much of the research focuses on the evolution of new legal forms and the relationship between those legal forms and existing legal structures and developed bodies of law.
Undergraduate:- Foundations of Law, Intellectual Property Law, Dissertation
Postgraduate:- Intellectual Property Law, Principles of E-Commerce Law
I offer postgraduate supervision in the field of company law, corporate governance, copyright related issues and charity law.
Agency. in G Black (ed.), Business law in Scotland. 3rd edn, W. Green, Edinburgh, pp. 337-367.
'Financialization and company law:: A study of the UK Company Law Review' Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol 25, no. 1, pp. 5-16. DOI:
Access in Europe by a bereaved family to information gathered during an investigation into a fatal road collision: Research project for Scotland’s Campaign against Irresponsible Drivers with support from Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland. University of Dundee, School of Law, Dundee.
'Legal determinants of external finance revisited: the inverse relationship between investor protection and societal well-being' Journal of Business Ethics, vol 108, pp. 393-410. DOI:
Charity law: an issue of choice. in EE Sutherland, KE Goodall, GFM Little & FP Davidson (eds), Law making and the Scottish Parliament : the early years. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 103-123. DOI:
Shareholder primacy in UK corporate law: an exploration of the rationale and evidence. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Charities: Reissue. in NR Whitty (ed.), The Laws of Scotland : Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia . vol. 2, Lexis Nexis/Law Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, pp. 1-184 (Ford, 3-20, 53-97, 125-130, 156-184 .
Agency. in G Black (ed.), Business law in Scotland. W. Green, pp. 293-323.
'New legal forms for charities in the United Kingdom' Journal of Business Law, no. 7, pp. 662-687.
'The Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation' Greens Business Law Bulletin, no. 91, pp. 1-3.
'A new legal form for charities: the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation' Scots Law Times, no. 39, pp. 281-284.
'Evidence on UK directors' compliance with disclosure timing regulations' Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, vol 15, no. 4, pp. 381-393. DOI:
Consumer protection compliance in agent negotiated business to consumer transactions. in Proceedings of the 5th IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology: Law Tech 2007. ACTA Press, The Fifth IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology: Law Tech 2007, Berkeley, United States, 24-26 September.
Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. W. Green, Edinburgh.
'The Community Interest Company: more confusion in the quest for limited liability?' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 55, no. 3, pp. 302-319.
'Corporate governance, information technology and the electronic company in the United Kingdom' Information & Communications Technology Law, vol 13, no. 2, pp. 117-128. DOI:
'Agency, contract and intelligent software agents' International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, vol 17, no. 2, pp. 175-189. DOI:
'Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000: problems ahead?' Journal of Business Law, no. May, pp. 268-283.
Fundamentals of Scots law. W. Green, Edinburgh.
Agency. in Fundamentals of Scots law. W. Green, pp. 245-265.
'What price a directorship? Trends in the duty of skill and care' Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly, vol 5, no. 4, pp. 322-332.
'Dormant, struck-off or dissolved?' Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 240-249.
'Limited liability partnerships - draft bill and consultation paper' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 2, pp. 137-140.
'Partnerships and limited liability - the way ahead?' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 5, pp. 259-275.
'Scottish charities and governance' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 3, pp. 176-189.
Incorporated charities and other bodies. in CR Barker, PJ Ford, SR Moody & RC Elliot (eds), Charity law in Scotland. W. Green, pp. 22-42.