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Paulo Karat

Paulo Karat


Nottingham Law School

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Nottingham Law School staff


Paulo Karat is a Lecturer at Nottingham Law School. Paulo teaches on the undergraduate LLB and mindfulness courses to NTU students, working closely with the Student Services team and research colleagues in NTU Psychology.

Career overview

Paulo qualified as a solicitor in 1999, specialising in intellectual property and commercial contracts, working at Freeths LLP and Addleshaw Goddard LLP. He left private practice to teach professional graduate courses at Nottingham Law School, whilst working part-time as a legal sector coach and in-house lawyer. He taught at NLS until leaving in 2011 to develop a start-up legal sector training software business. Having built his company to a point where it supplied over 40 of the Top 100 law firms in the UK, he had a stress-induced nervous breakdown. He returned to NLS in 2017, working part-time whilst retraining as a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher and completing his MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches to mental health and wellbeing at the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice, Bangor University.

Research areas

Paulo's research interests concern attitudes (including cynicism) towards mindfulness and the impact of mindfulness courses on students, lawyers and other professionals.  His Masters dissertation 'Perceptions of Mindfulness in the UK Legal Sector' is available from the author on request. He is currently undertaking research into the impact of 4 Week, 6 Week and 8 Week mindfulness courses on the NTU student population.

External activity

Paulo teaches mindfulness as a wellbeing, performance and resilience intervention to lawyers and to NHS groups (in particular Primary Care Trusts). Paulo is registered as a mindfulness teacher at the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA).

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