Frank's current research interests are on the interface between economics and the law with two main areas:
- Competition and regulation in professional service markets
- Law and development
His research has been funded by ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, European Commission (PHARE), Scottish Office, Office of Fair Trading, Law Society of Scotland, Scottish Executive Justice Department, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, Nuffield Foundation, Scottish Government Health Directorate and Swiss Federal Economic Secretariat (SECO).
Current Research Projects:
Continuing research on the regulation of the legal profession in the light of recent regulatory change in England & Wales Scotland. His book entitled Lawyers, Markets and Regulation was published in 2013 by Edward Elgar Publishing. This monograph analyses the deregulation of legal service markets in the UK and Europe over the last 25 years. It also considers the future organisation of providers of legal services in England & Wales arising from implementation of the Legal Services Act 2007. A paperback edition was published in 2015.
His book Law and Development: An institutional critique was published by Edward Elgar Publishing on 26th January 2018.
Frank edited with Franklin Ngwu and Onyeka Osuji a volume,Corporate Governance in Developing and Emerging Markets published by Routledge in December 2016.
Frank is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge working on the project Informal Finance in China: Risks, Potential and Transformation.