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Kay Wheat

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Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Law School staff


Reader in Law

Kay teaches Mental Capacity and Mental Health Law, and Employment Law, on the LLM Programmes in the Law School. She also supervises a number of PhD students.

Kay is the Chair of the College Research Ethics Committee.

Kay has collaborated with members of the Institute of Psychiatry on a number of articles on mental health, disability and employment issues. Other research interests include research ethics and termination of employment contracts.

Career overview

  • Mental capacity law
  • Employment – remedies for unlawful dismissal
  • Employment – discrimination on grounds of HIV
  • Euthanasia
  • Causation in the law of negligence
  • Trade union recognition

Kay is prepared to supervise any employment law, mental health law, or other medical law areas.

Research areas

  • Healthcare law
  • Employment law
  • Medical law, particularly mental health law
  • Personal injury law

External activity

Kay is a member of the NHS Trent Research Ethics Committee.

Sponsors and collaborators

Kay has:

  • collaborated with Michael Napier, former President of the Law Society, on recovering compensation for psychiatric injuries
  • carried out a piece of research on equal pay for the Government of the North West Territories, Canada
  • collaborated with others on a project on psychological debriefing for the British Psychological Society.