Welcome to the Centre for
Business and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School,
Nottingham Trent University. My name is David Burdette. I’m the professor of insolvency
law at the Nottingham Law School, and I have the
privilege of currently being the director of the center. The whole purpose of the
center that we’ve established, is to pursue innovative research
in the field of insolvency and business law. And to that end, we employ
a number of methods. For example, we
try to collaborate with other universities, other
institutions, individuals, government, non-government
organizations, in looking at law
reform and policy reform in the field of
insolvency law and, of course, also business law. We also try to act as a forum
to encourage young researchers and colleagues within the
school to undertake research. And at the moment,
one of our specialties is looking at helping and
assisting postgraduate students achieve higher status, whether
they want to go into academia or perhaps, even into practice. And we help them
make that transition. As far as membership
of our center goes, we have some very high profile
names that are involved. We have two types of membership. We have internal
members, which consist of staff that work
within the school, both in the center of insolvency
law field and, of course, also wider. We have company law
specialists, people working in the field of
intellectual property law. And we also have people working
in the banking sector and also international finance. So we have quite a
spread of people. Although, at this
point, insolvency is probably where we do the
most work, at the moment. The center is overseen by
an advisory board, which is headed by Mr. Justice
Norris of the Chancery Division of the High
Court of Justice in England and Wales
and, of course, the dean, professor Andrea Nollent is
also on the advisory board, which consists of three
additional members, including myself, as director. My name is Elspeth Berry,
I’m a reader in law and my work is mainly in the
areas of partnership and LLP law, which falls within
really the business area. There are a number of
other people working that area, researching company
law, intellectual property, banking and insolvency. I find my work has
tended to broaden over the years from
partnerships towards LLPs because so many professional
practices are really now converting to LLPs. But by number, partnerships
are still incredibly important, and the law there informs LLPs. The work of the center
really supports me and other researchers
in this area. We have hosted and
co-hosted a number of conferences and colloquia. Attendance at other conferences
externally is supported. And it aims to be
really very inclusive. So people whose work is even
at the edges of business regulation and
insolvency are included. My name is Paul Omar
and I have the pleasure of being the chair
in international and comparative insolvency law
in the Nottingham Law School. Here in law school we are
particularly proud in our links to the external world,
particularly the practice and regulatory environments. Through the Centre for
Business and Insolvency Law, we have very close links with
organizations representing practitioners, such as INSOL
Europe and INSOL international. We also have members
of our center who serve as consultants
for the World Bank. We like to think that we’re
an international organization, here in the law school and
that our membership represents points of view from
all across the world. We are particularly proud
that this engagement that we have with the outside feeds
into both our research and our teaching,
particularly on the LLM, where we have courses
in international and comparative insolvency law. On the research side, the
engagement that we have extends to invitations to
members of the law school to serve as research
associates elsewhere. We also have an
extensive category of visiting professors
who come from time-to-time and participate in the
life of the law school and of the center. On the LLM courses
in international and comparative
insolvency law, they quite often deliver lectures
or participate in the seminars, thus enriching the
life of students. As part of our
external engagement, the Center for Business
and insolvency law regularly hosts
conferences, whether we do so on our own merit
or we host them jointly with other organizations. In the past, we’ve
been fortunate to work together with
organizations such INSOL Europe and the insolvency service
to host conferences bringing together the quality and
talent in the insolvency world. Not only do these
conferences serve to disseminate the research
that is happening in the law school and elsewhere, but they
provide excellent opportunities for networking, and indeed, for
joint collaborative projects to be initiated. Well, my name is Paula Moffatt
and I’m a principal lecturer here at Nottingham Law School. And I’ve been involved
with the center really, since it began
since David set it up a couple of years ago. And I think one of the many
strengths of the center is the fact that we have such
good links with practitioners. And we’re particularly fortunate
in the quality of our visiting professors. One of the ways in which we
try to assist practitioners is through our
insolvency bulletin. Now, I used to write
an insolvency bulletin for one of the city law firms. I wrote it for about three
years, but a couple of years ago I started to write
it for the center. And so now I try to produce
a [INAUDIBLE] edition of a restructuring and
insolvency bulletin. What I’m really trying to
do is to give practitioners a short, sort of
bit-sized chunks approach, but again, with
a little bit of commentary and analysis about the reasoning
of the judges in the cases. Despite only being
launched in 2011, the center has already achieved
a huge amount in respect to profile and raising
the profile, not only of our members, but
the school itself. And it’s really great to see
that, especially in the region that we operate,
in the Midlands, that we’ve become
quite well known. In fact, I think we can
do better than that. I think we can say that,
together without colleagues at the University of
Nottingham School of Law, that Nottingham is
without a doubt currently the center of insolvency
law in the United Kingdom.