Legal Services

Legal Services


The Legal Services Team 


Legal Services provides legal advice and representation to the University. Instructions for advice and representation ordinarily come from the University's senior managers or their delegates. 

The solicitors within Legal Services act on behalf of the University and are unable to undertake personal legal work for individual members of staff, or students.

 Contacting the Team

For any queries relating to obtaining services or advice from the team, please contact us at 


 The Team


Kate Gallagher
General Counsel/Director of Legal Services
Legal Practice Areas: Employment, Regulatory, Student, Litigation

Iram Kiani
Senior In-House Lawyer                    Solicitor   
Legal Practice Areas: Commercial, Intellectual Property, Student, Litigation, CMA, Fitness to Practice, OIA Case Work

Emma Youd 
In-House Lawyer 
Legal Practice Areas: Student, Litigation, CMA, Fitness to Practice, OIA Case Work, Inquests 

James Ferguson
Work Areas: OIA Case Work, General Litigation Assistance


Beena Adatia 
Director of Commercial Legal Services
Legal Practice Areas: Commercial, Procurement

Karen Griffin
Senior In-House Commercial Lawyer 
Legal Practice Areas: Commercial, Procurement

Elena Petre
Paralegal (Fixed term)
Work Areas:  Commercial, OIA Case Work


Jackie Hallatt
Legal Services Administrator


Procurement of External Legal Services 

Procurement of external legal advice and representation for the University is also provided through Legal Services, see: 

Process for Purchasing External Legal Services (PDF)


Authority to Approve and Sign Contracts

The University has established protocols setting out the levels of authority required to enter into contracts, see:

Authority to Approve and Sign Contracts Code of Practice [Staff access only]


Research Contracts and IP Commercialisation 

  • Research Contracts Team: The team is responsible for the drafting, reviewing and negotiation of research and research related contracts.

    Rachel Brereton
    Director of Research and Innovation Operations

  • IP and Commercialisation [further information to follow]

    Susan Huxtable
    Director of Intellectual Property Management and Commercialisation

For advice and support to students, see:

For information on the insurance requirements of contractors, see:

The following policy sets out how you can raise a complaint about Legal Services at the University: Legal Services Complaints Policy and Procedure

Legal Services welcomes feedback. Please leave feedback comments at: Legal Services Feedback

Published Documents:


Legal Services

Trent Building
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD