Legal Services
 Trent Building

Legal Services

Legal Services provides legal advice and representation to the University. Instructions ordinarily come from the University's senior managers or their delegates. The solicitors within Legal Services act on behalf of the University and are unable to undertake personal legal work for individual members of staff, or students. 

Please be aware that staff in Legal Services are currently working remotely. Email is the best point of initial contact, and email messages will be checked regularly.

Contacting the Team

Kate Gallagher
General Counsel/Director of Legal Services
Solicitor (1998)
Legal Practice Areas: Employment, Regulatory, Student, Litigation
Working Hours: Tues, Wed and Fri
Alternative Contacts: Beena Adatia, James Ferguson

Simon Gill
In-house Commercial Solicitor
Solicitor (2007)
Legal Practice Areas: Commercial, Information Law
Working Hours: Mon - Fri
Alternative Contacts: Beena Adatia, James Ferguson

James Ferguson
Work Areas: OIA Case Work, Assisting General Counsel with Employment Matters, General Litigation Assistance
Working Hours: Mon - Fri
Alternative Contacts: Emma Youd  

Beena Adatia 
Deputy Director Legal Services
Legal Practice Areas: Commercial, Procurement
Working Hours: Mon - Thurs 
Alternative Contacts: Kate Gallagher, Iram Kiani, James Ferguson

Emma Youd 
Legal Adviser 
Legal Practice Areas: Student, Litigation, CMA, Fitness to Practice, OIA Case Work, Inquests 
Working Hours: Mon - Fri  
Alternative Contacts: Kate Gallagher, James Ferguson, Iram Kiani


Iram Kiani
Legal Practice Areas: Commercial, Intellectual Property, Student, Litigation, CMA, Fitness to Practice, OIA Case Work
Alternative Contacts: Beena Adatia, Emma Youd, James Ferguson 




Procurement of External Legal Advice

Procurement of external legal advice and representation for the University is also provided through Legal Services, see: 

Process for Purchasing External Legal Services [PDF]


Authority to Approve and Sign Contracts

The University has established protocols setting out the levels of authority required to enter into contracts, see:

Authority to Approve and Sign Contracts Code of Practice [Staff access only]


Related Links

For accessing advice on research contracts, and IP commercialisation see:

  • Research Contracts Team: The team is responsible for the drafting, reviewing and negotiation of research and research related contracts.

    Rachel Brereton
    Director of Research and Innovation Operations

  • IP and Commercialisation [further information to follow]

    Susan Huxtable
    Director of Intellectual Property Management and Commercialisation

For advice and support to students, see:

For information on the insurance requirements of contractors, see:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

See latest advice for UoN community.

Policies and Training Information

A series of 10 minute video Podbriefings are available to educate staff on important compliance issues. Each short video follows a scenario and includes narration from a lawyer who explains the relevant legal points and how these could apply to the University. 

Links to the University's policies and procedures can also be found here: University Policy Finder



Legal Services welcomes feedback. Please leave feedback comments at: Legal Services Feedback

The following policy sets out how you can raise a complaint about Legal Services at the University: Legal Services Complaints Policy and Procedure


















Legal Services

Trent Building
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD