Rebecca is the Co-Director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law and has been an active member of the Centre for many years.
Rebecca became an academic after studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester (1995-1997). Her thesis was on avoidable transactions in insolvency law and it was supervised by Professor David Milman. Before joining NTU she was a lecturer and then senior lecturer at the University of Leicester (1997-2007). She joined NTU in 2007 and has since published widely in various aspects of insolvency law and latterly in law and technology.
Rebecca's main research interests lie in the area of insolvency law and, in particular, international and comparative insolvency law with a focus on the UK, the USA, the EU, India and China. She is interested in the intersection of technology and commercial law, including the regulatory framework needed to support digital economies and the use of artificial intelligence. She has interests in related areas of company law, notably directors' duties and director disqualification, as well as in insolvent partnerships and individuals.
Rebecca is a member of the Insolvency Service’s Stakeholder Group.
Sponsors and collaborators
Past and present research collaborators include:
- District Judge Abbas Mithani
- Professor David Milman, Lancaster University
- Haizheng Zhang, Beijing Foreign Studies University
- Qingxiu Bu, Cardiff University
- Katarzyna Gromek-Broc, University of York
- Benhajj Masoud, Open University of Tanzania
- Yingxiang Long, Hunan University
- Risham Garg, National Law University Delhi
Previous grants include:
- European Commission Framework Programme for Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters, approximately £4627, in partnership with professors from Foggia University, Valencia University and Klaipeda University
- Society of Legal Scholars, £417, China's Corporate Rescue Laws, A European Perspective
- British Academy Overseas Travel Award, £300, China's Corporate Rescue Laws, A European Perspective
- Marie Curie Fellowship for the Transfer of Knowledge, stipend plus travel and accommodation expenses, Zentrum für Europäsische Rechtpolitik Universität Bremen
- Centro Studi di Diritto Fallimentare e Societario - Cosenza (Italy), travel and expenses, Crisi d’Impresa e Procedure Concorsuali in Italia e in Europa
- Insolvency Lawyers Association, £5000, research into transaction avoidance in insolvency, jointly with Prof D Milman
- University of Manchester Centre for Law and Business, £1000, jointly with Prof D Milman