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Dr. Jonathan Mccarthy

BCL (Hons) LLM PhD


Dr. Jonathan McCarthy is a graduate of UCC and was conferred with his PhD degree in 2018. His doctoral thesis is entitled An Analysis of the Implications of the Law of Company Rescue for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Ireland. The research involved numerous interviews with representatives of business organisations and leading insolvency practitioners. The thesis advanced an empirically-based argument for alternative procedures of SME company rescue under Irish law. In undertaking this research, he was awarded an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship.Jonathan’s research interests are primarily in corporate law, financial law and commercial law. His most recent publications have been on topics of SME credit provision initiatives and the efficacy of reforms to the company examinership process. At present, his research particularly focuses on the legal issues surrounding legacy indebtedness and non-performing loans amongst businesses, the development of rules for a European banking union and the challenges relating to the use of technological innovations in the financial sector. Prior to joining the School of Law at UL, Jonathan lectured and examined modules in banking law and English land law at UCC, in addition to teaching contract law and property law. He was a recipient of the Ronan Daly Jermyn Scholarship at UCC. During his time at UCC, he carried out research for projects with Prof. Mary Donnelly and Dr Fidelma White and assisted in the design and establishment of the LLM programmes in maritime law and business law.

Research Interests

Company law; Financial law; Commercial law