I completed my PhD at Nottingham Law School in 2016 during which I focused on the intersection of employment protection and corporate rescue from a comparative law perspective and within the EU law context, with a particular focus on the evolution and application of the Acquired Rights Directive (often referred to as the Transfer of Undertakings Directive). During my PhD and the years that have followed, I have been published multiple times in a variety of journals and jurisdictions, and have collaborated with some of the most respected and reknowned experts in my field.
Immediately before joining the Univeristy of Derby Law School, I worked on a project funded by the EU Commission DG Justice called “Judicial Cooperation Supporting Economic Recovery in Europe” (JCOERE) (2014-2020 - project no 800807). As the post-doctoral researcher, I helped organise and manage the project deliverables, which included two extensive reports made to the European Commission.
Prior to my collaboratice work on the JCOERE Project, I have presented at 19 conferences and workshops all over the world (Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, Turkey and the United States (Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco) since beginning my PhD in 2012.
17.09.2021 INSOL ERA Coffee Chat - Book Launch with Paul Omar for our edited collection by Edward Elgar Publishing: Research Handbook on Corporate Restructuring
29.10.2020 Webinar hosted by the University of Sydney Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law, Australia - “So It’s Just Random Then? Harmonisation of Business Rescue and Judicial Cooperation in the European Union” with three individual presentations by each research member of the UCC Project Team.
29.09.2020 INSOL Europe Judicial Wing Meeting (Virtual): Update on the JCOERE Project presented by the UCC Team including Irene Lynch Fannon and Aoife Finnerty.
01.09.2020 Society of Legal Scholars Conference (Virtual) - Bespoke “Judicial Cooperation Panel” where each UCC research team member gave a presentation on a specific aspect of the project - “Legal Culture Influencing Mutual Trust and Cooperation between EU Member States and Courts”
12.06.2020 YANIL Coffee Chat (Virtual) - “The Lived Experience of Collaboration on a Project”
"Optimising fairness in insolvency and restructuring: A spotlight on vulnerable stakeholders" (2022) 31(1) International Insolvency Review 1
Book Review: American business bankruptcy: A primer - Stephen Lubben (2022) 31(1) International Insolvency Review
“Floating Charges and Moral Hazard: Searching for Fairness for Involuntary and Vulnerable Stakeholders” in Jonathan Hardman and Alistair MacPherson (eds), The Floating Charge in Scotland: New Perspectives and Current Issues (Edward Elgar Publishing 2022) (forthcoming)
“The EU Preventive Restructuring Framework: in Extra Time?” (2022) 2021/2-3 Fizetésképtelenségi Jog
“Harmonising Insolvency Law in the EU: New Thoughts on Old Ideas in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic” (2021) 30(3) International Insolvency Review (with Emilie Ghio, Gert-Jan Boon, David Ehmke, Line Lanjkaer, and Eugenio Vaccari) (to be published in July 2021)
(Edited Book) Research Handbook on Corporate Restructuring (Edward Elgar Publishing 2021) (with Paul J. Omar)
“Employees as Stakeholders in Restructuring and Insolvency: Acquired Rights and Business Transfers” in Jennifer L L Gant and Paul Omar (eds), Research Handbook on Corporate Restructuring (Edward Elgar Publishing 2021)
“The Role of Social Policy in Corporate Rescue and Restructuring: a Messy Business” in Jennifer L L Gant and Paul J Omar (eds), Research Handbook on Corporate Restructuring (Edward Elgar Publishing 2021)
Book Review: European Law Institute (Part I); Bob Wessels, Stephan Madaus, Gert-Jan Boon (Part II) ELI Reporters and Editors, Rescue of Business in Europe: A European Law Institute Instrument (Oxford University Press 2020) 2021 30(2) Banking and Finance Law Review
Book Review: Horst Eidenmüller, Luca Enriques, Geneviève Helleringer, and Kristin van Zwieten (eds), Covid-19 and Business Law (Beck-Hart-Nomos 2020) (2021) 30(1) IIR 153.
“JCOERE’s Perspective on European Integration and the Scope of Mutual Trust and Cooperation between Courts: Testing Fairness” (British Association of Comparative Law Blog 2020) <https://british-association-comparative-law.org/blog/> (with Irene Lynch Fannon).
“Britain and Brexit: A Forecast of the Future of Employment Protection during Corporate Insolvency” (2020) 29(1) International Insolvency Review 61.
“Judicial Co-Operation in the European Union: Insolvency and Rescue” (2020) 2 International and Commercial and Company Law Review 65 (with Irene Lynch Fannon and Aoife Finnerty).
“The Logic and Limits of the EU Harmonisation Process in the Wake of COVID-19” (2020) Summer Eurofenix 22 (with Emilie Ghio, David Ehmke, Line Lanjkaer, Eugenio Vaccari, and Gert-Jan Boon.
“JCOERE - Judicial Co-Operation in the European Union: Insolvency and Rescue” Chapter 9 in Jennifer L. L. Gant (ed), Harmonisation of Insolvency and Restructuring Laws in the EU (INSOL Europe 2020) 107-119 (with Irene Lynch Fannon).
“JCOERE Judicial Co-operation Supporting Economic Recovery in Europe: Report 1” available from <https://www.ucc.ie/en/jcoere/research/report1/> with the JCOERE Consortium comprised of researchers from the University College Cork, Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy, the Universitea Titu Maiorescu in Romania, and INSOL Europe.
“JCOERE Judicial Co-operation Supporting Economic Recovery in Europe: Report 2” available from < JCOERE Judicial Co-operation Supporting Economic Recovery in Europe> with the JCOERE Consortium comprised of researchers from the University College Cork, Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy, the Universitea Titu Maiorescu in Romania, and INSOL Europe.
Book Review: Jason Chuah and Eugenio Vaccari (eds), Executory Contracts in Insolvency Law: A Global Guide (Edward Elgar 2019) (2020) 29(1) International Insolvency Review 138.
(Edited Book) Harmonisation of Insolvency and Restructuring Laws in the EU (INSOL Europe 2020).
“Moral Hazard, Path Dependency, and Failing Franchisors: Mitigating Franchisee Risk through Participation” (2019) 47(2) Federal Law Review 261 (with Professor Jenny Buchan).
“Restructuring Europe - The EU Preventive Restructuring Framework: a Hole in One?” (2019) 28(2) International Insolvency Review 184 (with David Ehmke, Gert-Jan Boon, Line Langjkaer, and Emilie Ghio (the YANIL Board).
“Judicial Co-Operation in Economic Recovery (JCOERE)” (2019) Winter Eurofenix 28 (with Irene Lynch Fannon).
Book Review: Pre-Insolvency Proceedings: A Normative Framework, Nicolaes Tollenaar (2019) 28(2) IIR 287.
(Edited Book) Party Autonomy and Third-Party Protection in Insolvency Law (INSOL Europe 2019).
“Prophesying Britain’s Future in the Balance of Social Policy and the Rescue Culture – Challenges to Post-Brexit Harmonisation” in Jennifer L L Gant (ed), The Rise of Preventive Restructuring Schemes: Challenges and Opportunities (INSOL Europe 2018) 17-40
(Edited Book) The Rise of Preventive Restructuring Schemes: Challenges and Opportunities (INSOL Europe 2018)
(Monograph) Balancing the Protection of Business and Employment in Insolvency - An Anglo-French Perspective (Eleven International Publishing 2017).
“The Impact of Austerity in the Framework of Corporate Rescue and the Rights of Workers in the EU: A Road to Recovery?” 26 International Insolvency Review 26(2) International Insolvency Review 176 (with Alexandra Kastrinou).
“Constitutions and Crises: Balancing Insolvency and Social Policy through the Lens of Comparative Legal History” in Jennifer L L Gant (ed), Harmonisation of European Insolvency Law (INSOL Europe 2017) 51-70.
(Edited Book), Harmonisation of European Insolvency Law (INSOL Europe 2017).
“Studies in Convergence? Post-Crisis Effects on Corporate Rescue and the Influence of Social Policy: The EU and the USA” (2016) 25(1) International Insolvency Review 72-96.
“Corporate Rescue in the United Kingdom: Ten Years after the Enterprise Act 2002 Reforms” (2016) 23 Australian Insolvency Law Journal 40-61 (with Paul Omar).
“The Cost of Bank Insolvencies: A Socio-Economic Rights Analysis” in R Parry (ed), Banking and Financial Insolvencies: The European Regulatory Framework (INSOL Europe 2016) 123-134.
“Convergence of Social Policy and Labour Regulation: The European Equation” (2016) 4(2) Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law e-Journal 11.
“Path Dependent Obstacles to Cross-Border Insolvency: a Social Darwinian Perspective” (2015) 3(7) Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law e-Journal (Special Edition) 101-134.
“Lender Liability and Fault for Deepening Insolvency: A Comparative Analysis” (2015) 132 South African Law Journal 39-58 (with Paul Omar).
“Establishing Interpretation in the Collective Redundancies Directive” (2015) Summer Eurofenix 24.
“The Road to Recovery: A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of the Financial Crisis on Rights of Workers in Greece, Portugal, France and the United Kingdom and their Insolvency Legal Systems” in R Parry (ed), Designing Insolvency Systems (INSOL Europe 2015) 31-54 (with Alexandra Kastrinou).
“Social Policy and Insolvency: Struggles toward Convergence” (2014) 2(4) Nottingham Insolvency and Business Law e-Journal 49.
“Social Policy and the Reform of the EU Insolvency Regulation” in S Bariatti and P Omar (eds), The Grand Project: Reform of the European Insolvency Regulation (INSOL Europe 2014) 125-138.
“The Impact of Social Policy on Cross-Border Insolvency” (2014) Autumn Eurofenix 32.
“Obstacles to Cross-Border Insolvency and Employment Protection Coordination in the European Union” in A Bilal et al (eds), Breaking Boundaries (Nottingham Trent University 2014) 22-26 <http://breakingboundaries2014.blogspot.com/p/publication.html>.