HAHamish Anderson (Norton Rose Fulbright Partner from 1996 to 2016) granted honorary doctorate at Nottingham Trent University for his services to insolvency law

In July, retired partner Hamish Anderson was granted an honorary doctorate at Nottingham Trent University for his services to insolvency law. Each year, Nottingham Trent University confers honorary awards upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievement in their field; the contribution they have made to society; or their service to the University. This is the second time that Hamish has been awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the development of insolvency law. This first award in 2009 was an honorary doctorate by Kingston University, which, like Nottingham Trent University today, was a recognised academic centre for insolvency law.

Hamish qualified as a solicitor in 1973, and as a licensed insolvency practitioner in 1987. After spending his earlier years practising in Plymouth, he moved to London and joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a Partner in 1996. He remains a consultant with us, having retired from partnership in 2016. In his practice, Hamish primarily acted for insolvency practitioners, banks, and other creditors but he also advised and acted for governments and regulators. He specialised in cross-border cases and his work frequently involved the insolvency laws of other jurisdictions, including the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Cayman Islands, to name but a few.

Hamish has been involved in the development of UK insolvency law for more than 35 years as an active participant in the UK Government's consultation processes, first on behalf of the Law Society of England and Wales and later as the Chair of the City of London Law Society's Insolvency Committee. He has assisted HM Treasury in the introduction of legislation for protected cell companies and has also assisted the UK Insolvency Service both with its response to proposals to amend the EC Insolvency Regulation and its revision and restatement of the (English) Insolvency Rules.

Professor Paula Moffatt, formerly a Banking associate at Norton Rose Fulbright and now Director of External Engagement at Nottingham Law School where Hamish has been an Honorary Professor since 2009 said “This is an incredibly well-deserved award for Hamish, whose reputation in the field of cross-border insolvency law is second to none, and we are very proud that he has been such an important part of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law for so many years”. Hamish commented “I am very proud to have been given two such awards for the same reason but from different universities. Neither award would have come my way if Norton Rose Fulbright had not provided me with the base from which I practised and for that I shall always be grateful.”

Congratulations to Hamish on this well-deserved recognition.