Researchers at UCD

Noel McGrath


School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164132


Dr Noel McGrath graduated from the UCD School of Law BCL programme with first class honours in 2005. In October of that year he was awarded a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholarship by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences to undertake a doctoral degree at UCD. His doctoral work focused on the perfection of secured transactions over real and personal property in Ireland and the United States. In July 2007 he was a visiting researcher at Osgoode Hall, University of York, Ontario. He was awarded his PhD in August 2009 and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2010. 

He joined the UCD School of Law as a lecturer in law in 2012 having previously taught at Dublin City University and the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. He is the President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers and holds  external examiner appointments at the Dublin and Letterkenny Institutes of Technology and at Griffith College Dublin. 

At UCD, Noel teaches Corporate Governance and the Law of International Finance at graduate level and contributes to undergraduate teaching in company, property and commercial law. His research interests lie at the intersection between company, commercial and property law. His main focus is on commercial and financial law and he retains a strong interest in the law of personal property securities. Recent research activity includes a consideration of perfection mechanisms under the Cape Town Convention and analyses of the issues presented by the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency. 



Conference Contributions

N McGrath (2011) Shipping Law: Where Next for the Cape Town Convention?. [Refereed Abstracts], Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2011, Cambridge , 05-SEP-11 - 07-SEP-12.
N McGrath (2011) The Company Charge Register Under the New Companies Bill. [Refereed Abstracts], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Athlone , 25-NOV-11 - 27-NOV-11.
N McGrath (2011) From First in Time to First to File: New Rules for the Efficient Determination of Priority. [Invited Lecture], Irish Corporate Law Forum Seminar, Dublin , 09-NOV-11 - 09-NOV-11.
N McGrath (2012) Harmonisation Beyond the Conflict of Laws: Expanding the Cape Town Model. [Refereed Abstracts], Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Bristol , 11-SEP-12 - 12-OCT-12.


Committee : Society of Legal Scholars Banking and Finance Subject Section
Committee : UCD School of Law Programme Board
Committee : Council of the Irish Association of Law Teachers
Committee : UCD School of Law Knowledge Exchange Committee
Committee : UCD School of Law Teaching and Learning Committee


Year 2010 Institution: Hon Society of Kings Inns, IRL
Qualification: Barrister-at-Law Subject:



N McGrath and C Murphy (2008) Questions and Answers on Irish Company Law. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
N McGrath and M Shelley (2011) The National Asset Management Agency Act 2011, An Annotation. Dublin: Roundhall. [Details]

Book Chapters

Noel McGrath and Deirdre Ahern (2013) 'Company & Insolvency Law' In: William Binchy and Raymond Byrne (eds). Annual Review of Irish Law 2012. Dublin: Roundhall Press. [Details]
N McGrath and D Ahern (2012) 'Company and Insolvency Law' In: W Binchy and R Byrne (eds). Annual Review of Irish Law 2012. Dublin: Roundhall. [Details]
N McGrath (2013) 'International Standards and the Reform of English Personal Property Securities Law' In: O Akseli (eds). Availability of Credit and Secured Transactions in a Time of Crisis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Noel McGrath (2014) 'THE COMPANY CHARGE REGISTER AND THE CONSTITUTION'. Irish Jurist, 52 :20-43. [Details]
Noel McGrath (2013) 'The Certificate of Registration and the Company Charge Register'. Dublin University Law Journal, . [Details]
N McGrath (2006) 'Chopping Down Dante¿s Wood? -Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Personal Property Law in Ireland'. Commercial Law Practitioner, 16 . [Details]
N McGrath (2007) 'Missing an Opportunity: A Response to Part A7 of the Draft Companies Bill 2007'. Commercial Law Practitioner, 14 . [Details]
N McGrath (2010) 'The Financial Collateral Directive: Perfection Perspectives'. Commercial Law Practitioner, 17 . [Details]
N McGrath (2011) 'Control and the Financial Collateral Directive'. Commercial Law Practitioner, 18 (1). [Details]
N McGrath (2013) 'The Company Charge Register in Ireland: Some Reflections on the Reform Proposals in the Draft Companies Bill'. Journal of Business Law, . [Details]
N McGrath (2012) 'The Floating Charge in Ireland After Re: JD Brian'. Dublin University Law Journal, . [Details]


Hutchinson, B and McGrath, N; (2009) Potential for legal challenge: NAMA a legal perspective. Dublin, Ireland: Articles [Details]


Research Interests

  • The law of secured credit with a particular focus on perfection systems 
  • Company law 
  • Financial law 



External Collaborators

Noel is a working group member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project whose work is detailed here