Luke Butler


Research interests

The overarching theme of Luke’s research concerns the phenomenon of “government by contract”. Luke is interested in the regulatory infrastructure supporting the institutions which buy and sell goods, works and services, industries which supply to the government, and the institutions which oversee them. Major aspects of Luke’s research concern the regulatory strategies used to facilitate government contracting (statute, contract, and policy) and the rules which regulate the award and management of contracts.


Luke is a commercial lawyer with general research expertise in the field of government commerce. His principal research focus concerns government contracting in complex industry sectors. He is Assistant Editor of the Public Procurement Law Review and a member of the Procurement Lawyers Association and regularly presents his research at national and international conferences and seminars. Luke particularly values the importance of engaging practice and provides expert consultancy and training to practitioners. An experienced tutor, Luke has also spent over a decade teaching private law subjects at leading UK Law Schools (most recently Bristol) as well as specialist programmes at other universities.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Luke is interested in supervising doctoral students on all aspects of government commerce and government contracting.
Current PhD supervision:
• Emily Carroll – Retail leases
• Yasser Mahmood – The Common Security and Defence Policy