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Professor Paula Moffatt Inaugural Lecture

Improving access to finance: how simplifying our laws can help us all

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We all need to borrow money at some point in our lives, whether to buy a house or to invest in a business. Making this process as easy as possible is an essential part of ensuring a thriving economy and something which benefits us all. However, many of the laws that sit behind our financial arrangements are outdated and complicated. This lecture will explore the role that a principles-based approach to law reform can play in achieving the goal of simplifying and modernising our secured transactions law.

  • From: Thursday 5 May 2022, 5.30 pm
  • To: Thursday 5 May 2022, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 3 May 2022, 12.00 am
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Paula is a Teaching and Practice Professor, non-practising solicitor, Director of External Engagement at Nottingham Law School (NLS) and Head of Department for the Practitioner Portfolio. She chairs the NLS Employers’ Advisory Board and works closely with law firms and legal services providers. She has been instrumental in supporting the NLS response to the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. In 2020 she won the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Practice.

Paula studied law at University College London before qualifying as a solicitor in a City practice where she worked in the banking department. Her doctorate (2016) explored the conflicts of laws issues arising when a securities intermediary becomes insolvent. She is a member of the City of London Law Society’s Advisory Group on the Secured Transactions Code (2015) and has delivered bespoke training for the European Investment Bank’s Capital Markets paralegals in Luxembourg (2017, 2019). She is an academic member of INSOL, an invited member of the Conference of European Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers (2019), and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE.

She has spoken at national and international conferences including INSOL Europe Berlin (2015), INSOL Academics Sydney (2017), the University of Bristol (2018), the National University of Singapore (2019), Yerevan State University (2019) and chaired sessions on secured transactions reform at Norton Rose Fulbright (2019) and University College London (2019).

Her recent publications include a co-authored chapter, Early Intervention, in The Research Handbook on Corporate Restructuring, Edward Elgar (2021) (with Prof Andy Campbell, Leeds); a commissioned piece for the Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law on Settlement Finality: some UK and EU perspectives (September 2021); opinion pieces on secured transaction reform (Law Society Gazette, May 2020; Legal Week, July 2020; Legal Cheek, November 2020; PLC, November 2021). Her latest draft paper on improving the regulation of insolvency practitioners in England and Wales and Australia (with Prof Ros Mason QUT and Michael Murray, Murrays Legal) is currently subject to editorial review.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Lecture Theatre 4
Newton building
Goldsmith Street


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