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Paula Moffatt

Professor Paula Moffatt

Director of External Engagement

Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division Nottingham Law School staff


Professor Paula Moffatt is the Director of External Engagement at the Nottingham Law School, NTU. She is also the Professor of Banking and Insolvency Law and member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.

Career overview

Paula studied law at University College London before qualifying as a solicitor in a City practice where she was an associate in the banking department. She joined Nottingham Law School in 2003 and has since taught on the postgraduate vocational and master’s programmes, focusing on banking and insolvency law. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has experience of curriculum design and development in both the academic and vocational postgraduate arena and has developed specialist training for paralegals working in the capital markets division of the European Investment Bank.  As a member of the Law School’s Senior Management Team, she is strategically involved in the School’s response to the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

Research areas

Paula’s research has been in the field of bank insolvency and secured transactions and she has delivered papers at national and international conferences including, most recently, at the National University of Singapore (February 2019) and Yerevan State University (September 2019). Her doctorate in legal practice explored the conflicts of laws issues that arise in the context of intermediated securities and the consequences for investors on the insolvency of a financial intermediary. In 2016 she was invited to give expert evidence at the European Securities and Markets Authority Round Table on Asset Segregation and Custody Services. She is a member of the City of London Law Society’s Advisory Group on the Secured Transactions Code and the assistant to the Editorial Board of Lightman and Moss “The Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies”, for its sixth edition (2017).

External activity

As the Director of External Engagement for Nottingham Law School, Paula works with a wide range of firms, practitioners, universities, businesses and institutions.


Recent publications include:

Early Intervention” in Research Handbook on Cross-Border Bank Resolution, Eds Matthias Haentjens and Bob Wessels, (2019) Edward Elgar with Emeritus Professor Andrew Campbell, University of Leeds.

New Journal, with Richard Hodkinson, “Generation Tech: how can law schools best prepare their students for a future working alongside lawtech?” July 2019.

The introduction of ring-fencing in the UK: an example to be followed?” [2019] JBL 241 with Emeritus Professor Andrew Campbell, University of Leeds.

New Law Journal, with Melanie King “Are some law schools more equal than others & how can they influence your success?” January 2019.

BCL Legal – The Brief, with Matthew Homewood “Matthew Homewood discusses the SQE” November 2019.

The standardisation of conflicts of laws rules for intermediated securities within the EU: Holy Grail or red herring?” NIPR 2018 (1).

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