Position: Senior Lecturer in Law
College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
Department: Derby Law School
Subject area: Law:
I joined Derby in December 2007 having spent the previous ten years lecturing law at both UG and PG level full-time for the Buckinghamshire New University and Staffordshire University awards. I am a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn and called in 2000. Prior to law, my career was as a property portfolio manager where I acquired freehold commercial property for a national company and negotiated leasehold arrangements. I also hold a visiting Professorship at Masaryk Law Faculty, Brno in the Czech Republic.
My two most significant current research projects are historical in focus. One project is concerned with the evolution of the law surrounding the inchoate offence of attempt since 1981 and the judicial matrix that emanates from the common law. The other project looks at the offence of dangerous driving and mens rea implications since 1988. The aim of these projects is to impart an understanding of judicial reasoning in light of statutory interpretation.
I am the current LL.B Admissions Tutor (previous academic years 2011/12, 2012/13) and I also act as a personal tutor (2007 – current). My other role is as Mooting Lead for external competitions (2007 – current).
I acted as Partnerships Lead for Law (UK & International) from 2014 until 2016 with four successful validations and I now act as an advisor to the current partnership teams.
I am an active member of Validation Panels for Learning Enhancement and sit in the following committees: Partnerships Operations Group, University Strategic Partnership Unit, Collaborative Working Group and Quality Enhancement Committee.
I hold module lead responsibility for criminal law and practice modules including property and road traffic. The practice modules include Advanced Legal Skills & Ethics concerning legal skills such as negotiation, mediation, advocacy and drafting. The modules act as excellent preparation for the workplace and the LPC or BPTC variants. I facilitate both the Miscarriages of Justice (2016 – current) and Commercial/Consumer Law (2007 – current) modules and acted as Legal Context, Skills & Ethics Module Leader (2007 – 2014) and LL.M Module Leader White-Collar Crime (2007 – 2014). Early career module leadership comprises: Academic - Law of Tort, Public Law, Comparative Law, Company Law, Business Law and Jurisprudence. Practice - CILEX Criminal Litigation (2001 - 2005), Civil Litigation (2001 - 2005).
I have taught in the areas in which I research for over 15 years. In modules and programmes that I have developed, students learn from the latest materials, some of which is my own. For instance, the module Legal Context, Skills & Ethics is based around Hodgkinson D, et al. ‘Legal Context, Skills & Ethics’ (2014) Pearson Education: Harlow and in criminal law modules students use Hodgkinson D, Virtual Criminal Lawyer (2013) Pearson Education: Harlow.
I have combined an academic career with managerial practice. Whilst being a lecturer, I did for many years act as Director then Legal Advisor to The Advocacy Service, a national charity which provides advocates for people with learning disabilities. I am currently an external examiner in HE for Keele University and Coventry University and in FE for South Cheshire College. In 2013 I was the national Winner of the LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year Award and shortlisted each year since to 2016. I was University of Derby - Lecturer of the Year, Faculty of Business, Computing & Law 2012/13.
An example of my teaching-led research came from supervising UG skills students. Noting that the student is often uncertain about how to articulate and relate theoretical knowledge relating to doctrinal law, legal theory, ethical reasoning and personal development to practical problems, I developed and delivered workshops to assist with presenting information in a practical way and allowing the student to reflect in a peer-centred environment. From this, two successful applications to ALT to deliver my findings have led to two national workshops to date namely Association of Law Teachers Conference, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle ‘Promoting Collaboration – students as partners in delivery, not just design’ April 2016 and Association of Law Teachers Conference, Leeds, 'Responding in advance - what is the future of the legal professions and what changes now to professional legal education ?', with Joanne Drummond-Child & Tony Wragg, April 2014.
I also integrate research with the undergraduate curriculum. For instance, I have research output in relation to students as partners in delivery and collaboration and this has led to conference presentations in Learning & Teaching, my main objective being to enable them to deal with moral and ethical ambiguity in the context of legal practice and policy and reflect on the principled decisions that can be rationally, ethically, and morally justified.
From my supervisory roles I have inspired student inquiry (leading to sole or co-authored publications): note, for example, Willey P, Trials in absentia and the cuts to criminal legal aid a deadly combination? The Journal of Criminal Law December 2014 vol. 78 and Zoe Selemane-Kiangala 'Positivism and Utilitarianism under the current legislative regime and government', Learning & Teaching Conference Poster, June 2015.
I set up a panel system of mock interviews for students (2013 – current) and have acted as mentor through successful applications for scholarships and internships notably:
- Jonathan Hodgkinson, Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn (2015)
- Samantha Leary, Cartwright King Internship (2015)
- Iulian Bogdan, Cartwright King Internship (2015)
- Mandla Ndlovu, Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2014)
- Paul Willey, Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2014)
- Mollie Wynn, Cartwright King Internship (2014)
- Jake Goldby, Cartwright King Internship (2014)
- Frankii Davies, BVC Scholarship, Middle Temple (2010).
- Barrister of Lincoln's Inn
- Member of the Association of Law Teachers
- Legal Advisor to the Derbyshire Advocacy and Appropriate Adult Service
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Criminal Bar Association
- Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
- Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform.
- LL.B (Hons) Law, University of Derby.
- LL.M (Master of Laws), University of Derby.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies, Nottingham Law School.
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Buckinghamshire New University.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Law, University of Nottingham.
Hodgkinson D, et al. ‘Legal Context, Skills & Ethics’ (2014) Pearson Education: Harlow
Hodgkinson D, 'Virtual Criminal Lawyer' (2013) Pearson Education: Harlow
Foster, S. How to Write Better Law Essays 4th Ed. (2016) Pearson Education: Harlow
Ormerod D & Laird K, Smith & Hogan’s 15th Ed. Criminal Law (2015) Oxford University Press: London
REVEL MacDonald for Criminal Law (2015) Pearson Education: Harlow
McBride N. Letters to a Law Student 3rd Ed. (2015) Pearson Education: Harlow
Ormerod D & Laird K, Smith & Hogan’s 11th Ed. Text, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (2014) Oxford University Press: London
Finch E. & Fafinski S, Legal Skills 4th Ed. (2013) Oxford University Press: London
- Social Justice Conference, UOD, 'Art.6: Right to Fair Trial - a concept of social justice rather than a working example of it', October 2016
- Collaborative Conference, UOD, 'How to Snuggle Up with Each Other: the peaks and pitfalls of creating a partnership', with Moyra Throssall, July 2016
- Learning & Teaching Conference, UOD, 'What Does the Future Hold?', July 2016
- College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Conference, 'Student Teacher Experiment', June 2016
- Association of Law Teachers Conference, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle ‘Promoting Collaboration – students as partners in delivery, not just design’ April 2016
- Legal Argumentation Conference, Masaryk Faculty of Law, Brno, Czech Republic, Key Note Speaker 'Skills in Argument: They might just be all you think' October 2015
- Learning & Teaching Conference, UOD, 'Positivism and Utilitarianism under the current legislative regime and government', with Zoe Selemane-Kiangala, June 2015
- Law Teaching Conference, Masaryk Faculty of Law, Brno, Czech Republic, Key Note Speaker 'Innovative and other practical methods in teaching law' June 2014
- Association of Law Teachers Conference, Leeds, 'Responding in advance - what is the future of the legal professions and what changes now to professional legal education ?', with Joanne Drummond-Child & Tony Wragg, April 2014
- Equality & Diversity Conference, UOD, 'Severe Dyslexia: A Perspective in Lecturing', February 2014
- Learning & Teaching Conference, UOD, ‘Designing and Planning of Curriculum: Assessment for the ‘workplace’’ June 2011
- Learning & Teaching Conference, UOD, 'New Technology & Online Learning', July 2010
- Oxford University Press National Mooting Judge
- University of Leicester, Medical Law Moot Judge
- National Client Interviewing Competition Assessor
- Visiting Professor, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic delivering substantive law and practice based modules to international students. The calendar and subject areas to date consist of:
- MVV189K Criminal Practice & Law (EU Focus); 9th - 13th May (2016)
- MVV129K Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics; 20th - 30th October (2015)
- MVV129K Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics; 12th - 16th April (2014)
- MVV129K Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics; 18th November - 11th December (2013).
- Consultant to BBC Radio