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Dr Katy Ferris

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

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

Katy is a legal academic based in the Business School, teaching law to students on Business degrees. She is also a member of the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab Beacon of Excellence, in the Law and Policy team.

In 2021 Katy was recipient of a Lord Dearing Award for High levels of commitment to teaching and learning. In 2017, Katy was winner of an award for Excellence in Student Support and runner up for Inspirational teacher. Katy has experience of delivering online law degrees and teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has experience of supervising PhDs and dissertations to completion.

Katy studied at the University of Sheffield for both her Law degree (LLB) and Ph.D and was awarded a teaching scholarship whilst undertaking her Ph.D. 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 current editions in print are the 6th edition of Business Law and 4th edition of Concentrate Business Law.

She became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013 and completed a qualification in Facilitating Online Learning in 2017. She has publications on legal pedagogy with both articles and book chapters.

Katy has authored work in leading international law journals (including The Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, The European Law Review and Statute Law Review) 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 she has published 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 for professionals.

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

Areas of Expertise


The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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Katy is an External Examiner for University of Bath
Katy is a Lord Dearing award winner for High levels of commitment to teaching and learning (2021)

Katy is module convenor of the following module(s):


Business Law (BUSI1094)
Business Law (BSc Accountancy) (BUSI1129)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Katy continues to build her contribution to publications on Insurance and Regulation and includes publications in international journals, inlcuding the Modern Law Review (x2), Law Quarterly Review (x2), Hong Kong Law Journal, European Law Review, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies and The German Law Journal. She also has several publications in respected UK Journals e.g. the Statute Law Review (x5), Business Law Review and the Journal of Business Law (x2).

In 2020/21 Katy was part of a team that reported on Access to legal advice and representation for survivors of modern slavery, with the Rights Lab and colleagues from the University of Liverpool, ATLEU and barrister Lucy Mair of Garden Court Chambers. The research was funded by the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (Modern Slavery PEC).

Katy has published on Social Care and Complaints handling based on her empirical PhD. She has considered Access to Justice, particularly the implementation of EU rights in the 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. Katy also works on Clinical Legal Education with academics and practitioners at Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds more recently in the area of Therapeutic Jurisprudence.

Katy co-authors two Business Law textbooks for OUP - a 280,000 word Textbook currently in its 6th edition and a companion Business Law text in the Concentrate series.

Katy has also contributed to books on clinical legal pedagogy and has a new co-authored book in 2022 published by Anthem Press on The Lived Experiences of African International Students in the UK, Precarity, Consciousness and the Law.

Katy is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Cong Shao
School Administrative Roles
Department Teaching Director (Accounting)

School and University Committee Memberships
Athena SWAN Working Group 2023
School Teaching and Learning Committee 2022
TEF/NSS working group 2023


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