Our expertise

Lecturer, Dave Hodgkinson, talking to students “It was a great feeling winning Law Lecturer of the Year 2013…I love my job and care about the student experience" Dave Hodgkinson, Senior Lecturer in Law

Derby Law School has an outstanding teaching team, which includes solicitors, barristers, judges and coroners.

In fact, almost all of our tutors have experience of working as a legal professional in addition to their academic qualifications – something that many other law schools can’t claim.

Meet all of our law lecturers

Read more about our recent research


Read interviews with three of our law lecturers:

  • Mr David Hodgkinson – Law Lecturer of the Year 2013; qualified barrister
  • Mrs Rachael Ita – A qualified barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; international law/human rights specialist
  • Mr Joel Klaff – Specialist in the injustice and unfairness of law; 10 years' experience in the US.

Our esteemed associate lecturers include:

  • Her Honour Vee Monro, who sits in the criminal courts and has been a national trainer for the Crown Prosecution Service

  • His Honour Judge David Pugsley, who has been involved in numerous tribunals throughout his career – most recently as a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal – and also served twice as a Member of the Parole Board

  • Employment judge, His Honour Mike Butler

  • Louise Pinder, Her Majesty’s Assistant Coroner for Derbyshire and Vice President of the East Midlands Coroners Society.
    Read an interview with Louise.

Recent visiting speakers have included:

  • The Rt Hon Lord Falconer, Labour politician and barrister who was Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor in Tony Blair’s government

  • Shailesh Vara, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid

  • Professor Julian Webb, a founding editor of the international journal, Legal Ethics, who has held chairs at the universities of Warwick and Westminster

  • Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League, the oldest penal reform charity in the UK.