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Dr Katy Ferris

LLB (Hons) (University of Sheffield), PhD (University of Sheffield), Fellow of the HEA (The Higher Education Academy)
Assistant Professor in Business Law

Division: Accounting
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466920
Location: B02 (Si Yuan Building, Jubilee Campus)

Katy studied at the University of Sheffield for both her Law degree and Ph.D and was awarded a teaching scholarship whilst undertaking her Ph.D in Law. Katy was a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and then at the University of Huddersfield from 2013 until April 2017 when she joined Nottingham Business School.

Katy has taught many areas of law, in particular contract law and business law and is the author of two Oxford University Press textbooks in Business Law. The 5th edition of Business Law is forthcoming April 2018. She became a fellow of the Higher Education Authority in 2013 and has published articles and a book on handling complaints in social care from her Ph.D.

In more recent years she has co-authored work on enforcement of EU Law, Motor Insurance Law and Data Protection and is currently working on Refugee Family Reunion, Clinical Legal Education and the impact on Brexit on migrant workers in the hospitality industry.

I am module convenor of the following modules:


Business Law A (N11120)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

External Exminerships & Validations
2013 - Ongoing    External Examiner for UWE Bristol Law School
2018 - 2018    External Examinar for Business Law Course at University of Warwick Business School
2017 - 2017    University of Huddersfield Thank You Awards - Winner of Excellence in Student Support and runner up for Inspirational Teaching award April 2017
2013 - 2015    An external reviewer of access courses for CERTA - a national Awarding Organisation for accreditation service to their Recognised Centres. My role was to certify that the content and design of the module specification for the Law and Business courses are appropriate in preparing students in a foundation access year before university.
Current Research Activities
Her research currently finds her involved in cross institution research; with a Research fund grant from the University of Huddersfield looking at the impact of Brexit on migrant workers in the hospitality industry and in Family Reunion and Clinical Legal Education with academics and practitioners at Sheffield Hallam University.

In the past Katy has published on Social care and complaints handling. She has considered access to justice, particularly the implementation of EU rights in a national context. Katy's collaborative research developed a thematic response to the UK's commitment to EU Law. She has examined the issue of privacy in the digital age, and examined the inconsistencies between UK and EU motor insurance law. As well as exploring a new paradigm for collective redress in public tortious liability.

International Collaborations, Organisation & Contributions
2017 - 2017    Law School 4th Annual Social Justice Lecture, University of Huddersfield, 5th April on Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking. Keynote Speaker - Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson
2016 - 2016    29th October 2016 'Tackling Modern Slavery' West Yorkshire Police - Wakefield –- attended on behalf of the Secure Societies Institute (Invited Guest)
2013 - 2013    14th October 2013 IALS Event - Pathways for Legal Advice - Russell House, London
2006 - 2006    Lessons to be learnt from research into complaints panels' - Research into Complaints Panels in Social Care JC Associates - Conference for National Complaints Managers in Social Care
2004 - 2004    2nd December 2004 - Proposals to Remove Social Care Panels to Commission for social Care Inspection - NEXUS Conferences LONDON (Invited Speaker)
2003 - 2003    10th June 2003 - East Region of National Complaints Officers Conference (Nottingham) - paper on resolving complaint at the review panel stage of the CA 1989
2003 - 2003    21st October 2003 - National Complaints Officer Group - Annual Conference - Focusing on the consultation to remove review panels from Local Authorities. (Invited Panel member) Manchester
2002 - 2002    2002 Annual National Complaints Officer Group Conference on social care complaints - member of panel on complaints handling. LONDON
2002 - 2002    3rd September 2002 - Society of Legal Scholars - A study of the Children Act Complaints procedure in England and Wales LONDON (Chair of Session, Baroness Hale).

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Ferris, K.; Marson, J.; Cameron, D.; Jenkins, A, (2018), "The Consequences of the BREXIT vote on management attitudes to recruitment in the hospitality Industry", Business Law Review, forthcoming 2018.

Marson, J; Ferris, K;, (2018), "After arrival, the problems facing refugees and their families; a clinical legal response", International Journal of Clinical legal Education, forthcoming 2018.

Ferris, K. and Marson, J. (2017), "Motor Vehicle Insurance Law: ignoring the Lessons from King Rex", Business Law Review, Vol.38 (5), pp. 178-186.

Ferris, K.; Marson, J. and Nicholson, A. (2017), "Brexit means Brexit: What does it mean for the Protection of Third Party Victims and the Road Traffic Act?", Statute Law Review, Vol.39 (2), pp. 211-227.

Marson, J. and Ferris, K. (2017), "Misunderstanding and Misapplication of Motor Insurance Law. Will the Supreme Court come to the Rescue?", European Journal of Current Legal Issues.

Marson, J.; Ferris, K.; and Nicholson, A. (2017), "Irreconcilable Differences? The Road Traffic Act and the European Motor Vehicle Insurance Directives", Journal of Business Law.

Marson, J.; Ferris, K.; and Tudor, C. (2017), "Family Reunion in a University Law Clinic: A Model for Law Schools?", European Journal of Current Legal Issues, Vol.23 (2).

Ferris, K. (2016), "Strategies to Consider Adopting in your studies - Strategy Five", CILEX, Vol.December 2016.

Ferris, K. (2016), "Strategies to Consider Adopting in your studies - Strategy Four", CILEX, Vol.November 2016.

Ferris, K. (2016), "Strategies to Consider Adopting in your studies - Strategy Three", CILEX, Vol.October 2016.

Ferris, K. (2016), "Strategies to Consider Adopting in your studies - Strategy Two", CILEX, Vol.September 2016.

Ferris, K. (2016), "Strategies to Consider Adopting in your studies - Strategy One", CILEX, Vol.August 2016.

Marson, J. and Ferris, K. (2016), "The Uninsured Drivers' Agreement 2015 as a Legitimate Source of Authority", Statute Law Review.

Marson, J. and Ferris, K. (2016), "Collective Redress: Broadening EU Enforcement Through State Liability?", European Business Law Review, Vol.27 (3), 325-351.

Marson, J. and Ferris, K. (2016), "Delaney and the Motor Vehichles Insurance Directives: Lessons for the teaching of EU Law", The Law Teacher.

Marson, J.; Ferris, K. (2016), "Taiwo v Olaigbe and another: Onu v Akwiwu and another (2016) UKSC31", New Law Journal, Vol.166.

Marson, J. and Ferris, K. (2015), "The Transposition and Efficacy of EU rights. Indirect Effect and a coming of age of state liability?", Business Law Review, Vol.36 (4), 158-168.

Ferris, K. (2014), "Privacy, Expression and the World Wide Web. Shall we forget?", Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, Vol.20 (2).

Marson, J. and Ferris, K. (2008), "Advisers v Legal Services Commission: Which is the appropriate measure of Quality of Advice?", Web Journal of Current Legal issues, Vol.4.

Williams, C. and Ferris, K. (2005), "Proposals to Transfer Complaints Panels to the Commission for Social Care Inspection - Throwing the baby out with the bathwater?", Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Vol.27 (2), 199-212.


Marson, J.; Ferris,K. (2018), Business Law, (5), OUP.

Marson, J. Ferris, K. (2016), Business Law Concentrate, (3e), Oxford University Press.

Marson, J. Ferris, K. (2016), Business Law, (4th edition Updated), Oxford University Press.

Marson, J. Ferris, K. (2015), Business Law, (4), Oxford University Press.

Ferris, K. Williams, C. (2010), Complaints Panels In Social Care, (1), Russell House Publishing.



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