Dean leaves Nottingham Law School

The dean of Nottingham Law School (NLS) Keith Gaines is to step down after three years in the role.

Gaines joined NLS in 2007 from City law firm Lovells where he had spent 26 years as a litigation specialist.

Under Gaines’ leadership NLS has made significant changes to the school’s offering for students including most notably the tie-up with US-based Kaplan, a deal that gave the law school a presence in London.

Separately, NLS also launched an LLB in Professional Practice, which provides a fast-track blend of academic and vocational learning.

Peter Jones, senior pro vice-chancellor, academic development and research, at Nottingham Trent University, said in a statement: “The law school is in a very different position now to when Keith arrived. He has brought focus and energy to it and established a platform for progress and momentum going forward.”

Gaines will be leaving his post in February 2010 and will be replaced by associate dean Gabriella Costello who will become acting dean.