Professor Joan Loughrey studied Law at Somerville College, Oxford, and was awarded a College Exhibition. She was admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales, and of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong, practising as a solicitor in both jurisdictions before entering academia.
Professor Loughrey has written widely on corporate law and the legal profession in leading journals and given a number of invited lectures at Cambridge, UCL, Hong Kong University, Georgetown, and University of NSW, and others. She is currently the Principal Investigator on an interdisciplinary AHRC-funded project conducted by the School of Law University of Leeds, and the Management School University of Liverpool examining the concept of business judgment. She has previously been a Parsons Visitor at the University of Sydney, and an academic visitor at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University.
She is Deputy Head of the School of Law, Leeds and previously Director of its Centre for Business Law and Practice.