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I am very pleased to introduce the latest edition of the Nottingham Law Journal and to have the opportunity of taking over the role of editor. My predecessor, Tom Lewis carried out his duties with aplomb in often challenging circumstances, and ensured that the Journal continued to offer the highest quality of academic analysis and contemporary legal commentary. I hope that, with the help of a strengthened editorial team, we can continue in the same vein.

This volume continues to offer a range of stimulating articles on topical themes. The current economic landscape reflects our contributions with articles on insolvency, mortgages and equitable interests in property law. These are indeed challenging times and I am very pleased that the Nottingham Law Journal can provide relevant critical perspective.

As advised in the previous editorial, we are planning some changes to the format of the Journal which are currently in the consultation process. We hope to move towards a yearbook edition from 2012 which will include both a special feature with several linked articles in addition to our usual high quality submissions on a range of current legal issues. As in the present edition, we are intending to include a regular short feature on current developments in the legal profession. For this particular edition I am most grateful to the submission from my colleague, Jane Jarman.

Our website is soon to be developed and will feature links to both Nottingham Law School's conference and seminar events in addition to links enabling access to Nottingham Trent University's distinguished lecture series. We intend to update the online archive and to include instructions for potential contributors with a simplified style-sheet.

In 2011, Nottingham Trent University has hosted two distinguished lectures of particular interest to those involved in the study and practice of law. In February, Sami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, presented a particularly timely lecture on current human rights challenges which addressed many topical issues including the right to vote for prisoners, the use of undercover policing in the environmental movement and the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Gillan and Quinton v UK 2010. …


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