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Carlota Gonzalez Laynez

Carlota Gonzalez Laynez

Practice Manager, Legal Advice Centre

Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Law School staff


Carlota is responsible for coordinating the ‘Legal Hub’ of the Enabling Innovation Project, which forms part of the Nottingham Law School’s (NLS) Legal Advice Centre.

The Enabling Innovation Project is a three-year collaborative programme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), involving Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham. The project will provide support to over 2,000 local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who want to benefit from university expertise in research and innovation to develop and grow their business. The Centre is one of the project hubs at NTU, offering expert workshops and legal advice for SMEs on all aspects of law relating to business innovation.

She also looks after the administrative side of the Legal Advice Centre’s recently launched Business and Enterprise Law Service (BELS), organising legal advice seminars for businesses, liaising with clients and implementing the BELS marketing strategy.

Career overview

Carlota has worked at NTU since October 2014. She used to work as a School Management Support Administrator in NLS, supporting the Deputy Dean and senior management team. In May 2017, she was seconded to her current role as Enabling Innovation Project Co-ordinator at the NLS Legal Advice Centre.

Before moving to the UK, she worked in the European Parliament in Brussels for four years as an Accredited Assistant to a Spanish Member of the European Parliament. Her main areas of expertise were European Policies on Culture, Education and Development. She had previously worked for two years in the Regional Office of Madrid in Brussels, for the regional Government of Madrid and the International Relations Office of Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid. In that role, her main tasks included monitoring European policies, providing consultancy on European Affairs, informing about existing European Projects and assisting with calls for proposals, and drafting reports on a wide range of European subjects.

External activity

Alumna of Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid

Member of ‘Foro de Profesores’ (or ‘Forum of Academics’), a network of Spanish academics around the world founded by Alfonso Valero, NLS International Manager.

Sworn Translator-Interpreter (English to Spanish and Spanish to English).


Final project of her Master’s Degree on International Relations: “EU outermost regions: their evolution as a consequence of policies applied. Example: the Canary Islands”. Instituto de Estudios Europeos, Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Madrid.