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Centre for Business and Insolvency Law

  • Unit(s) of assessment: Law
  • School: Nottingham Law School


Welcome to the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. The Centre drives Nottingham Law School's excellence and innovation in the fields of both business and insolvency law. It was established in 2008 and its fields of research have been considerably widened in order to encourage the participation of as many staff members as possible.


The mission of the Centre is to pursue and encourage innovative scholarship and research in the fields of business and insolvency law, on both a national and international level.

Aims of the centre

The aims of the centre are to:

  • Contribute to national and international debates through engaging in dynamic and internationally relevant research
  • Collaborate with both government and non-government organisations, other higher education institutions, individual academics at other higher education institutions and professional member organisations in broadening the scope of academic endeavour, and to transfer knowledge beyond the academic sector
  • Participate in debates on law reform and policy development at both national and international levels
  • Organise conferences, seminars, workshops and colloquia at various levels, and to promote collaborative engagement in large-scale and long-term research projects
  • Act as a supportive and collaborative forum for research, and encourage and foster the participation of early career researchers and postgraduate students.


The internal membership of the Centre consists of Nottingham Law School staff who are active in the field of business and insolvency law. The Centre's current external membership consists of a number of distinguished professionals, all of whom hold appointments as visiting or honorary professors at Nottingham Law School. For a full list of the members of the centre, see the People section below.

  • News and events in 2019

    • Adrian Walters gave a presentation at the annual Insolvency Lawyers' Association academic forum in March 2019 based on his article, 'Modified Universalisms and the Role of Local Legal Culture in the Making of Cross-Border Insolvency Law' (forthcoming American Bankruptcy Law Journal).
    • Professor Jingchen Zhao delivered his inaugural lecture on Thursday 4th April: Promoting More Socially Responsible Corporations Through Board Accountability in China.  The lecture was very well received, and the evening was a huge success.
    • Mohamed Al Kharusi successfully defended his PhD thesis on 28 March 2019.  Mohamed was sponsored by the Omani Government to study at Nottingham Law School in a project, ‘Establishing an Effective Omani Intellectual Property System:  an Omani Cultural Perspective’.  Mohamed’s doctoral supervisory team comprised:  Dr. J Denoncourt (Director of Studies) and Professor Rebecca Parry (Second Supervisor).  The External Examiner was Professor Munir (AFM) Maniruzzaman of the University of Portsmouth and Mohd Hwaidi, Senior Lecturer, acted as Internal Examiner.
    • As part of the activities of the Law and Development group, on 26th March Azhin Omar ran a workshop on the rule of law.
    • The Industrial Law Society Event: Choice of business medium and its impact on the employment status of business owners, was held at NTU on 20 March 2019 and featured papers from Associate Professor Elspeth Berry and Senior Lecturer Jason Ellis.
    • A new D Legal Practice student, Claire Fargeot, has begun her corporate governance research project entitled ‘Directors’ Qualifications and Behaviours’.  She is supervised by Dr J Denoncourt and Associate Professor G. Wilson.
    • On 8 March 2019, Dr Janice Denoncourt was invited to act as Main Discussant of the Commercial/Intellectual Property Group at the University of Nottingham’s Annual Doctoral Colloquium Programme.  This involved giving feedback on the research of four PhD students in relation to insolvency law, patent licensing, comparative UK and Chinese copyright and marine insurance in law.
    • The Joint Conference of the Partnership, LLP and LLC Law Forum and CIBL on ‘The Regulation of Partnerships and Closely Held Corporations’ was held on 10 January 2019 at NTU. This was the second annual conference of the Forum, established by Associate Professor Elspeth Berry, and attracted over thirty registered delegates including academics from the UK and overseas, solicitors, barristers, representatives of HMRC and publishers, and students.  The Hon. Mr Justice Twomey, judge of the Irish High Court and formerly a specialist partnership lawyer and lecturer, who discussed some of the key differences between Irish and UK partnerships gave the opening address and the keynote speaker was Professor David Milman who examined the importation of partnership principles of good faith, based on equity, into company law through the judicial construct of the ‘quasi partnership’.

  • Insolvency Bulletin

  • APP Bulletin

    APP bulletin

    Commencing in 2015, Elspeth Berry will be publishing a regular update on partnership and LLP law, taken from her Legal Updates original published in the newsletter of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP), ‘A Propos Partnerships’.

  • Other publications

Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law eJournal (NIBLeJ)

Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law eJournal (NIBLeJ) is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law at the Nottingham Law School, Nottingham, the United Kingdom.

Nottingham Law Journal

Nottingham Law School publishes the Nottingham Law Journal. The journal was founded in 1977 (as the Trent Law Journal), changing to its current title in 1992. It is peer-reviewed and normally published annually.

Read our current edition and find out how to contribute

PhD Studentships

We’re offering fully-funded PhD studentships aligned with our research centres for UK, EU or International students. Find out more about our PhD studentships

Related staff

External members

Advisory board

PhD students

Adela Kratenova
Adela is a PhD researcher in Law at Nottingham Trent University supervised by Graham Ferris and Brian Harris.
Adela is a part of the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership community. Her research focuses on the enforcement of international commercial transactions by UK businesses in a fragmenting transnational environment. The project aims to develop a socio-legal strategy for ensuring an effective enforcement of transactional deals in global trading networks in the context of the UK’s uncertain future relationship with the EU legal order.
Adela recently presented a paper at the Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2018 and a poster at the M3C Research Festival in Birmingham. She has had a paper accepted for a Postgraduate conference organised by The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL) at Durham University in 2018.

Ejemen Ojobo
Ejemen is studying for a PhD entitled: “An analysis of legal, market and cultural impediments to financing SMEs in Lagos”, utilising Ostrom's Institutional analysis Development Framework.  Her supervisors are Graham Ferris and Gary Wilson.  Ejemen is also a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Emad-edden Hosen
Emad is studying for a PhD with the title "Corporate Rescue in Libya: An Evaluation of Libya's Bankruptcy Regime and a Proposal for Reform in Line with the International Benchmarks". The research aims at reforming the existing bankruptcy law and secured transactions law in Libya in order to implement a rescue-oriented system.  Emad’s research and teaching interests relate to Bankruptcy Law, Corporate Rescue, Secured Transactions law and he was previously a lecturer at the University of Tripoli, Libya

Phoebe Gatoto
Phoebe is undertaking a PhD in Law and is the holder of a Vice Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scholarship. She is carrying out an evaluation of the “long arm” approach to jurisdiction in UK and US cross-border insolvency proceedings.  Her research is supervised by Rebecca Parry, Jennifer Gant and Alexandra Kastrinou.

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