UWS law expert available to comment on the James Hardie verdict


Date: 23/04/2009

A leading expert in corporate law and governance from the University of Western Sydney is available for media comment as the verdict on the James Hardie case is handed down today at the NSW Supreme Court.

Professor Michael Adams is Head of the School of Law at UWS, and for 25 years has conducted research into corporate law in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia.

The case against the James Hardie directors and executives is one of the largest civil trials ever undertaken in Australia and over the last five years the courts have sent out a very strong signal that high standards of professionalism are expected from large listed companies.

Professor Adams has followed the James Hardie case closely and believes the judgment will have a profound impact on the laws that govern the accountability and corporate standards of senior management under Australian law.

Recently, Professor Adams completed a three-year Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project on the corporate governance of boards of directors in Australia, in conjunction with the law firm Dibbs Abbott Stillman, and the Centre for Corporate Governance at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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