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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 is an academic lawyer based in the Business School since 2017, teaching law to students undertaking Business degrees.

Katy studied at the University of Sheffield for both her Law degree and PhD and was awarded a teaching scholarship whilst undertaking her Ph.D. Katy was a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and then at the University of Huddersfield until April 2017. Katy has taught many areas of law, in more recent years she has specialised in Contract Law and Business Law and is the author of two Oxford University Press textbooks in Business Law. The 5th edition of Business Law was published in 2018 and the new edition of Concentrate Business Law (4th edition) will be published in late Summer 2019.

She became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013 and has published articles and a book on handling complaints in social care from her empirical PhD work.

Katy has authored work on a variety of topics including: Refugee Family Reunion, Clinical Legal Education, The enforcement of EU Law, Motor Insurance Law and Data Protection, and through funded research on the impact of Brexit on Migrant workers in the Hospitality Industry. She has also been a regular author for CILEX on how to study for a law degree and case law updates.

She is a reviewer of legal texts for Routledge and OUP. Katy has acted as an External Examiner for Business and Law degrees at Bristol UWE, University of Warwick and University of Derby.

In 2017, Katy was the winner of the annual award for Excellence in Student Support from the University of Huddersfield and runner up for Inspirational teacher. Katy has experience of delivering online degrees and teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also has experience of supervising PhDs and dissertations.

I am module convenor of the following modules:


Business Law (N11136)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Current Research Activities
Katy continues to work on Refugee Family Reunion and Clinical Legal Education with academics and practitioners at Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds Beckett, more recently in the area of Therapeutic Jurisprudence. In addition she continues to build her contribution to publications on motor insurance with her co-author Dr James Marson of Sheffield Hallam University.

Katy's research has found 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.

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 with a colleague at Sheffield Hallam 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.

Katy authors two Business Law textbooks for OUP - a 280,000 word Textbook currently in its 5th edition (2018) and a companion text in the Concentrate series (next edition 2019).

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Marson, J.; Ferris, K;, (2020), "The Compatibility of English Law with the Motor Vehicle Insurance Directives: The Courts Giveth … at least until Brexit Day", Law Quarterly Review, forthcoming 2020.

Marson, J; Ferris, K. (2019), "For the want of certainty: Vnuk, Juliana and Andrade and the obligation to insure.", The Modern Law Review, forthcoming 2019.

Marson, J; Ferris, K; Kawalek, A;, (2019), "A Vineyard In a Law Clinic: The Practical Application Of a Therapeutic Jurisprudence Philosophy in a UK Law Clinic", Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, forthcoming 2019.

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, Vol.39 (4), pp. 110-119.

Marson, J; Ferris, K;, (2018), "After arrival, the problems facing refugees and their families; a clinical legal response", International Journal of Clinical legal Education, Vol.25 (2), pp. 185-217.

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 One", CILEX, Vol.August 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 Three", CILEX, Vol.October 2016.

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

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. 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), "The Uninsured Drivers' Agreement 2015 as a Legitimate Source of Authority", Statute Law Review.

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, (4th edition Updated), Oxford University Press.

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