The University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre (UNCLC) has a diverse and dynamic membership, providing a home for leaders in the field of commercial law.
Irit Mevorach is Professor of International Commercial Law and Co-Director of the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre. Her research and teaching focus on issues related to company law, enterprise groups, insolvency, restructuring and bank resolution, private international law and cross-border insolvency. She is an advisor to the UK delegation to UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Working Group V (since 2006), has headed the World Bank’s Global Initiative on Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes (2013-2015), and is the UK National Correspondent, Case Law on UNCITRAL Texts (CLOUT).
Paul Torremans is Professor of Intellectual Property Law, and the Co-Director of the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre. His teaching focusses on patent and trade mark law, both at undergraduate and at postgraduate level, but his research interest also includes copyright and all other aspect of intellectual property rights. He has particular expertise when it comes to the interaction between intellectual property and private international law and between intellectual property and human rights. He is happy to supervise research projects in all these areas.
Dr Reza Beheshti teaches and researches in the areas of international sales transactions, commercial conflict of laws, comparative contract law and international commercial arbitration. He is currently working on a monograph examining significant commercial buyers’ remedies provided by dominant international legal regimes, such as CISG and American Uniform Commercial Code. He also acts as voluntary correspondent for UNCITRAL, in which capacity he provides abstracts on important cases governed by UNCITRAL Texts and decided by UK and Iranian Courts for UNCITRAL legal database. ( CLOUT).
Howard Bennett is Hind Professor of Commercial Law. His research concentrates mainly on shipping law and insurance law. He is the general editor and a contributing author of Carver on Charterparties (2017), the author of The Law of Marine Insurance (2nd ed, 2006), and a contributor to Benjamin’s Sale of Goods (10th ed, 2017) and Scrutton on Charterparties and Bills of Lading (23rd ed, 2015). A broader interest in general commercial law is manifest in authorship of Principles of the Law of Agency (2013) and co-editorship of and contributions to Vulnerable Transactions in Corporate Insolvency (2003). He teaches contract law and maritime law.
Oliver Butler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law. His research interests include the development and regulation of automated decision-making technologies for application in the public sector and the impact of privacy and data protection laws on data sharing between public authorities and commercial actors.
Peter Cartwright is Professor of Consumer Protection Law and Deputy Head of School. His research is primarily in Consumer Protection Law and includes the monographs Consumer Protection and the Criminal Law (CUP) and Banks Consumers and Regulation (Hart). It has been funded by the ESRC, AHRC, Law Commission, and Financial Services Research Forum. He sits on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Banking Regulation and the Journal of European Consumer and Market Law. He currently teaches Consumer and Marketing Law (undergraduate) and International Consumer Protection (postgraduate).
Estelle Derclaye is Professor of Intellectual Property Law. She teaches intellectual property law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her main areas of research are copyright and design rights in general, the legal protection of databases (especially the database sui generis right), IP overlaps, IP and climate change, and IP and well-being. She researches at all levels i.e. international, EU and national (UK, US, France, Italy mainly). Her methods are doctrinal, comparative, empirical and interdisciplinary - especially economics and philosophy.
Jane Frecknall-Hughes is a Professor of Accounting and Taxation at Nottingham University Business School. A chartered accountant and chartered tax consultant, she holds an LLM in Commercial Law and a PhD in Revenue Law and Tax Practice and has previously held various chairs, including in Accounting, Law and Revenue Law, at The Open University, where she was also Head of the Law School. Jane's research focuses on taxation, especially from an interdisciplinary perspective. She has gained an international reputation for her work in this area, which is reflected in her publication record. Jane currently teaches taxation, but has taught a wide range of subjects in the accounting and business law area, and her textbook, entitled The Theory, Principles and Management of Taxation: An Introduction, was published by Routledge in October 2014.
Dr Sandra Frisby is Associate Professor and Reader in Company and Commercial Law. Her main research interests lies in the area of Corporate Insolvency Law, with a focus on empirical work to illustrate how legal procedures and innovations operate in the real world and how insolvency law and insolvency practice interact in this respect. She is also interested in the relationship between commercial and property law and business practice generally. She teaches in the areas of corporate law and property law.
John Gathergood is Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham. His research specialises in behavioural personal finance using data from lenders, financial aggregators, investment platforms and credit reference agencies. He has acted as academic advisor to the Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority and Her Majesty's Treasury, as well as firms, industry bodies and the third sector.
Since 2014, he has advised the Financial Conduct Authority on the design of price caps for the payday lending and rent-to-own credit markets and is advising HM Treasury on third generation financial innovation.
The interests of Dr Nicholas Gervassis cover areas of information technology, intellectual property, law and society and corporate social responsibility. His interdisciplinary research platform explores law as a socially impactful technology itself, where modern life and culture become embedded in commercial, information-based digital communications environments. It focusses on online regulation, copyright and digital cultures, automated processes and cybernetics.
Dr Narine Ghazaryan specialises predominantly in EU External Relations Law, in particular enlargement and neighbourhood policies, democracy and human rights promotion. Due to her teaching experience in UK Corporate Law, Contract and Tort Law, she has developed a keen interest in research conducted in the area of Commercial Law.
Richard Hyde is Professor of Law, Regulation and Governance. His teaching focuses on the law of obligations. His research interests focuses on food law and consumer law, and how the regulation in these areas impacts businesses. He is currently involved in a large project that uses eye-tracking to assess whether contracts comply with legal requirements, and the ways that this affects “prominence” and “transparency” of contractual clauses.
Jeff Kenner is Professor of European Law. His research in the field of commercial law is twofold. First, employee involvement in companies, the case for harmonisation throughout the EU, eg: Kenner J., ‘Worker Involvement in the European Company (Societas Europaea): Towards a Europeanisation of Corporate Governance?’  Yearbook of European Law 223-259, and second, obligations of companies for violations of labour rights for which they can be held to be responsible, discussed in Kenner J., Peake K., et al, ‘The integration of EU development, trade and human rights policies’, FRAME Work Package No.9 Deliverable No.4 (European Commission FP7 Report, 30 September 2016) https://doi.org/20.500.11825/116
Robert McCorquodale is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham, a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, London and the Founder of Inclusive Law, a consultancy on business and human rights. He was Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) for 10 years.
He has over 25 years of experience working in business and human rights, with a particular focus on the legal developments and business practices with respect to human rights due diligence and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. He has advised business of all sizes, assisted governments around the world, been involved with civil society, industry and organisations in drafting legal changes and in litigation. This has included capacity building, legislative proposals and training, as well as interviewing and qualitative research.
Dr Marianthi Papa possesses a diverse background in legal practice and academic research. She holds an LLB from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, an LLM in Oil and Gas Law and a PhD, both from the University of Aberdeen. Marianthi specializes in: international law of the sea, energy and investment law, and space law. She is particularly interested in the place of private actors in the international plane, and the interplay between different areas of law. Before joining academia, she practiced law in Greece and Cyprus. She also delivers workshops to governmental and business organisations on boundary disputes and energy law.
Dr Sanam Saidova is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law. Her research and teaching interests lie in English, international and comparative commercial law. Sanam teaches courses on Contract Law, Principles of Personal Property and the Law of International Trade Finance. In her research, she focuses on the law of security interests. Her monograph on Security Interests under the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment has been published very recently (May 2018) by Hart Publishing.
Christopher Sargeant is an Assistant Professor who specialises in property law. His teaching interests are predominantly in the areas of land law and trusts law and more recently in the law of outer space. He has a keen interest in research across the commercial law spectrum.
Andrea Tosato’s research interests include secured transactions, commercial contracts involving intellectual property assets, the impact of emerging digital architectures on secured lending, international sales of commodities and the law of agency. His most recent scholarship explored the use of intellectual property rights as collateral in secured transactions, the prospective international harmonisation of the legal framework regulating intellectual property license contracts and the duty to act in good faith in commercial agency.
Dr Orsolya Toth's research interests lie in the fields of commercial law, international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. She teaches contract law, international commercial arbitration and international investment law. Trained in both common law and civil law, she previously practised arbitration in London for several years. Her monograph, The Lex Mercatoria in Theory and Practice (OUP), has won the St Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize 2018.
Alina Trapova is an Assistant Professor in Law and Autonomous Systems. Her main research areas lie in the field of intellectual property law (mainly copyright and trade mark law). She researches the impact of technology, and more specifically machine learning, “autonomous” and automated systems on the creative industries (art, journalism, music, video games and fashion). Her methods are interdisciplinary as she brings together law and technology, as well as creativity studies.
Dr Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg is Assistant Professor specializing in international law and international dispute settlement. Commercial-law aspects of her research include the international legal regulation of business and international investment law and arbitration. A dual-qualified attorney-at-law, she practiced law for several years with leading global law firms in the City of London and Prague. At Nottingham, she teaches the LLM modules on International Investment Law and Business and Human Rights.
Dr Qianlan Wu researches and teaches in the area of competition law, with a focus on competition in China. Dr Wu also researches on economic globalization, business regulation and the rule of law in China. Dr Wu holds a PhD in Law from the LSE and LLM from University of Edinburgh.
Dr Casey Watters is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University. His research is focused on insolvency law, where he has published on personal bankruptcy, corporate insolvency and cross-border insolvency. He currently teaches Corporate Law and Comparative Corporate Governance. Prior to joining Bond, he taught at Nottingham University Business School China and served as the Yong Pung How Research Fellow at Singapore Management University School of Law's Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia.
Emma is a Partner in the insolvency practice at Browne Jacobson LLP. She specialises in both corporate and personal, and contentious and non-contentious matters. As a psychology graduate, Emma’s professional career began in the legal department at Muller Dairy UK. She returned to College to convert to law before going on to qualify at Eversheds in 2009. Emma is highly experienced in all forms of insolvency procedure and practice.
The nature of insolvency referrals means that Emma has experience across a range of sectors including: retail, IT, education, local government, healthcare, construction, energy and agriculture. She is accustomed to acting in unusual situations and has a calming and methodical style to offset the stressful nature of her work. Emma is regularly instructed to advise directors on their duties, on the risks of insolvency and on the appointment of insolvency practitioners through to the sale of assets and/or antecedent recovery actions.
Simge is a PGR student focusing on insolvency law, specifically on the impact of blockchain technology on insolvency regulations. She holds a LLM degree from University of Nottingham and LLB from Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey. Simge has been a member of the Istanbul Bar Association since 2016 with practising experience in the areas of M&A, Competition Law and Contract Law along with Banking and Finance Law.
Christos worked as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry and taught commercial law in Greece. Subsequently, he was appointed as a policy advisor in the Hellenic Organisation of SMEs and worked on research projects at the European Commission. Currently, he conducts doctoral research, which aims to explore the appropriate EU policies and legislation in order for SMEs located in business clusters to spread across Europe and contribute to achieving growth.
Mohammed Asadulla Khan (Asad) is a PGR student at the School of Law. He is conducting research on insolvency law, with particular emphasis on discussing the implementation of free-market principles to reform the UK's insolvency regime. Asad holds an LLM in Corporate & Commercial Law from the London School of Economics (2019), an LLB from the University of Kent (2018) and also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) in 2020. Asad plans to enter commercial practice after his PhD and intends to consult governments in emerging markets to develop their legal frameworks.
Ioanna is a PGR student exploring Blockchain technology and Intellectual Property law. She holds an LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law from the University of Sussex (2018) and an LLB Law Degree from Coventry University (2017). In 2016 she has been appointed President of ELSA Coventry and she has held the voluntary Legal Researcher position at Aspiring Solicitors Coventry (2016). She has also participated at the Warwickshire Young Lawyers Mentoring Scheme (2015) and has been a Law Student Ambassador (2015-2018) for both Coventry University and the University of Sussex.
Natalie is a multidisciplinary PhD researcher in the area of robotics and the law. She holds an LLM in Innovation, Technology, and the Law from the University Edinburgh (2017) and a B.S. in Business with a double major in Marketing and International Management from Menlo College, USA (2015). Natalie has been wearing several hats and worked in different industries from Food to Ad-Tech to Energy. Currently, her research focuses on exploring the impact and challenges of the adoption of collaborative robotics in the workplace with the goal to offer guidelines to improve the implementation of such technology into organizations in a form of digital toolkit.
Ashraf is a PGR student whose research primarily focuses on Public Procurement Law. He holds an LLM specialising in International Commercial Law that helped him gain knowledge on International Carriage of Goods by Sea, Investment and Trade Law, Public Procurement Law, Trade Finance and International Commercial Arbitration. Ashraf is also an advocate of Bangladesh with past practising experience in the field of Bangladesh’s company law, banking law and land law.
Susan worked as an accountant in private and commercial practice, as well as in various roles in the insolvency profession including the administration of insolvent estates for the Official Receiver; one of the founding monitoring inspectors for IPs; administration of a global accreditation process and quality review programme for insolvency and restructuring engagements; and as a consultant. Her doctoral research includes a 10 year longitudinal study of the use and purpose of the CVA by SMEs.
Jia Wang is a PGR student at the School of Law. Before starting her PhD, Jia acquired two master degrees in maritime law in China and the UK respectively. She also worked as an assistant judge in a Chinese local court in 2014 and subsequently, she was a prosecutor in a local procuratorate. She obtained the Legal Professional Qualification Certificate of the People's Republic of China. Jia's research interest lies in maritime law in general, with a special interest in marine insurance law. Currently, her PhD project focuses on 'Legal Transplantation, Marine Insurance Law and China'.
Joanna Wisniowska is a PGR student at the School of Law. She is conducting research on European patent law, with particular emphasis on patents in a field of biotechnology analysed in relation to introduction of the unitary patent package and creation of the Unified Patent Court. Joanna holds MA in Law from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (2016) and Magister Juris degree from the University of Oxford (2017). As part of her MJur she completed advanced courses on Intellectual Property, Corporate Finance, Financial Regulation, and Corporate Insolvency. Joanna gained her professional experience while practicing law in Poland, where she was working as an IP lawyer specialising in the area of patent and trademark law.
Tianwa Yang is a PGR student focusing on the cross-border copyright exploitation regime. She holds a MA in Law (2014), and dual BA in Law and English Literature (2011) from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She was a visiting scholar in international laws at Taiwan National Chung Cheng University in 2012. Tianwa has been a licensed attorney to practice in the PRC since 2011. Her main research interest is the interaction between the intellectual property rights and private international law.