University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre

Our People

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.

UNCLC Co-Directors

Irit Mevorach

Irit Mevorach

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

Paul Torremans

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.

 

Academic members

Dara Akanmidu

Dara Akanmidu

Dr Dara Akanmidu is an Assistant Professor in Law. She holds a PhD in Law from Durham University and LLM (with distinction) from the University of Warwick. Dara’s research interests lie in the broad area of corporate law and corporate governance. She is however particularly interested in corporate accountability and enforcement of directors’ duties within the context of sub-Saharan Africa. Her monograph on enforcement of directors’ duties in sub-Saharan Africa is due to be published in December 2023.

 

Reza Beheshti

Reza Beheshti

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

Howard Bennett

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

Oliver Butler

Dr 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

Peter Cartwright

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

Estelle Derclaye

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

Jane Frecknall-Hughes

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.

 

Sandra Frisby

Sandra Frisby

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

John Gathergood

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.

 

Nicholas Gervassis

Nicholas Gervassis

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.

 

Richard Hyde

Richard Hyde

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

Jeff Kenner

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?’ [2005] 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).

 

Marianthi Pappa

Marianthi Pappa

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.

 

Dionysios Pelekis

Dionysios Pelekis

Dionysios Pelekis is a Teaching Associate at the School of Law. His main research interest lies in the area of competition law, with an emphasis on State aid and subsidy control law. Specifically, he has a keen interest in fiscal and parafiscal aid, rescue and restructuring aid, and aid granted to financial institutions. His research interests also extend to international and cross-border taxation. Finally, he has been developing an interest in the interaction of competition law and of tax law with new technologies and the digital economy

 

Sanam Saidova

Sanam Saidova

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.

 

Chris Sargeant

Christopher Sargeant

Dr 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

Dr 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.


Alina Trapova

Alina Trapova

Dr 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.

 

Ozlem Ulgen

Ozlem Ulgen

Dr Ozlem Ulgen is Associate Professor in Law specialising in the law, ethics, and regulation of AI and robotics in the military and civilian sectors. Her work focuses on protecting human agency, rights, and attribution of legal responsibility. She is an EPSRC SPRITE+ Expert Fellow and Principal Investigator for EPSRC SPRITE+ (EP/S035869/1) project looking at whether it is possible to design and develop a human dignity-aware AI-based decision support system for individuals to access resources and services.

She acts as Academic Legal Expert to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, Chair of the Accountability Expert Focus Group for IEEE Ethics Certification Programme for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Expert Member of IEEE P7000 and P7007, and is a member of the International Legal Materials (ILM) Editorial Advisory Committee.

 

Klara Vanderploeg

Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg

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. 

 

Qianlan Wu

Qianlan Wu

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 globalisation, 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.

 

Research Fellows

Nara Ghazaryan

Narine Ghazaryan

Dr Narine Ghazaryan is Assistant Professor in International and European Law at Radboud University, previously Associate Professor of EU Law at the University of Nottingham, School of Law.  She 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.

 

Casey Watters

Casey Watters

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.

 

Associate Practitioners

Tim Lees

Tim Lees

Tim Lees is a Partner at Clifford Chance in London. He advises on complex, cross-border, and high value restructurings and insolvencies. His recent experience includes advising the creditors' committee to NMC Healthcare on its $7 billion financial restructuring by way of the first ever Abu Dhabi Global Market administrations and deeds of company arrangement; advising the largest aircraft lessor to Virgin Atlantic on its £1.2 billion restructuring by way of the first ever UK restructuring plan; and advising Codere on its 2020 restructuring by way of scheme of arrangement, and 2021 restructuring by way of consent solicitation.

 

Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor

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.

 

Bart Wasiak

Bart Wasiak

Bart Wasiak is a Senior Associate at Arnold & Porter, based in London. He is dual-qualified in New York and in England and Wales. His practice focuses on representing sovereign States and private-sector clients in high-stakes international arbitration proceedings.

He has served as counsel in more than 20 investment-treaty arbitrations under the ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. He has advised clients in relation to a broad range of disputes, including in the energy, banking, mining and shipping sectors. He is a Vice-Chair for Policy of the American Bar Association’s International Arbitration Committee and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

 

Research students

Simge Aslan

Simge Aslan

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 Andrikopoulos

Christos Andrikopoulos

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 Khan

Mohammed Asadulla Khan

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 and 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 Lapatoura

Ioanna Lapatoura

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 Leesakul

Natalie Leesakul

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 organisations in a form of digital toolkit.

 

Brian Mondoh

Brian Sanya Mondoh

Brian Sanya Mondoh is a PGR student conducting research on the application of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLTs) and smart contracts in enhancing trust and data integrity in public procurement. Brian holds an LLM in Intellectual Property (Trademarks and Passing Off (Distinction)), a Postgraduate Diploma (Bar Professional Training Course) and an LLB from Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). Brian also holds the Commonwealth Caribbean’s Council of Legal Education Certificate (L.E.C) awarded by the Hugh Wooding Law School (Trinidad and Tobago).

Brian is a Dual Qualified Advocate, Barrister of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn (N.P)), and Attorney-at-Law at the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago. Brian regularly advises and speaks internationally on anti-money laundering and wash trading, crypto asset recovery, and financial and regulatory compliance of crypto asset businesses in jurisdictions monitored by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Brian has published research and commentary on the regulation of digital assets, Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (‘DAOs’) and Decentralised Finance (‘DeFi’). Brian’s co-authored work (Mondoh, Adami-Johnson, Green and Georgopoulos, 2022) has been listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list in various research networks and has been featured on Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computational Law Report Idea Forum on Composable Governance in the contexts of legal tech, business automation, and Web3.

 
Ashraf-Ul-Bari Nobel

Ashraf-Ul-Bari Nobel

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 Morgan

Susan Morgan

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

Jia Wang

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

Joanna Wisniowska

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

Tianwa Yang

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.

 

 

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