Our expertise

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

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Interviews with our Law lecturers

On which programmes and modules do you teach?

“I currently teach on the LLB programme, specifically on modules related to public international law, international human rights law and administrative law.”

What is your professional background and experience?

“I began my legal career in Nigeria, qualifying as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Whilst in Nigeria I practised for a while as a legal officer in a State Ministry of Justice and dealt with criminal matters.

“However, I wanted to engage in further studies, particularly in the area of commercial law, and so I undertook the LLM in Commercial Law at the University of Derby – I completed with a distinction in 2010. I was then given the opportunity to work as an associate lecturer in Derby Law School and I became involved in curriculum design.

“Outside of my work as an academic, I support many charities, including Hope for Justice, which deals with victims of human trafficking, and Unwana-Oro Christian Medical Centre, which provides free medical services for people in Ekim Village, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria. The work of this charity is particularly important to me as I have family from that area of the country.”

What research or other non-teaching projects are you currently involved in?

“In order to further my knowledge in international law/human rights law, I began and am still undertaking, a PhD in international law with a focus on the interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights. I am also the Editor in Chief of the Derby Law Journal.”

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

“I enjoy the opportunity to transfer knowledge by engaging in discussions with students. I also enjoy advising and building the confidence of those who are trying to decide on a career path because I benefitted from this whilst studying here.”

What key piece of career advice would you give to today’s law students?

“Never give up. If you haven’t yet got the ‘ideal job’ you desire, keep pushing the doors and don’t give up after the first attempt. You have what it takes to be successful but it will not come without hard work. Put in a lot of effort and take pride in your work. There is no one, apart from yourself, that can limit the dreams you can achieve.”

On which programmes and modules do you teach?

“I teach on the LLB and Joint Honours Law programmes, on modules about sustainability and international business law, commercial and consumer law, contractual obligations, and the English legal system: skills and ethics.”

What is your professional background and experience?

“After graduating in the UK with an LLB, I spent around ten years working and studying in the United States. Initially, I worked in Legal Services: a US government funded department, which provides legal advice to people who can’t afford the services of mainstream lawyers. Working with a qualified lawyer, I gave legal advice about housing and employment to new immigrants and refugees.

“I have always been extremely grateful for this experience because it allowed me to engage first hand, at an early stage of my career, with individuals who were facing extreme hardships. It made me realise that law, if used constructively and creatively, can actually make significant improvements to people’s lives.

“After completing an LLM in Taxation at the University of Miami, I first became a research assistant there and later secured a teaching position. While teaching there, I set up and ran a legal clinic for homeless people. We tend not to appreciate the fact that homeless people have similar legal problems to the rest of us. We used to go to various homeless hostels and literally set up shop on the pavement, where we would deliver legal services to whoever needed them. This experience taught me the relevance of legal skills and the importance of how to deal with clients in law – something that I think all students need to recognise.”

What research or other non-teaching projects are you currently involved in?

“My research focuses on the injustice and unfairness of law. I am interested in why, despite all the laws we have, we still have discrimination, gender inequality and poverty to name only a few issues.  I am currently researching alternate priorities and values in law, which would, hopefully, one day actually rid our society of a number of ills rather than simply contain them.

“Related to this I engage with voluntary organisations as a pro bono consultant on matters of discrimination and human rights. Some of the cases I have consulted on have involved unfair and discriminatory practices to the Roma Gypsy community as well refugees and immigrants to the UK.”

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

“Teaching for me is a process of inspiring and enriching my students with knowledge, skills and self-belief. I want my students to graduate with confidence in their ability, which will allow them to contribute to the welfare, benefit and progress of society. 

I enjoy getting my students to this point.”

What key piece of career advice would you give to today’s law students?

“Work hard, be enthusiastic, proactive, and do everything you can to create opportunities for yourself.”

On which programmes and modules do you teach?

"I teach the Coroners Court module, which is part of a number of undergraduate programmes."

What is your professional background and experience?

"I am currently the HM Assistant Coroner in Derby. I'm also Vice President of the East Midlands Coroners Society.

"Earlier in my career, I worked in London for a large international law firm and then returned to Derby to become a defence advocate working in the criminal courts in both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I later left private practice and was employed by a small public company to undertake a variety of corporate law 'in house'."

Tell us a bit more about your role as Assistant Coroner

"I sat for the first time as a coroner in November 2005. I have conducted thousands of investigations and inquests to date involving all manner of sudden, unexpected and unexplained deaths including:

  • accidental deaths (falls and road traffic collisions)
  • industrial disease
  • suicide
  • hospital deaths
  • drug and alcohol related deaths
  • deaths in police and prison custody, and
  • mental health legislation detainees.

"I work alongside the Senior Coroner, Dr Robert Hunter, together with two other Assistant Coroners. Our jurisdiction is geographical and covers the County of Derbyshire. We have two coroners courts and offices: one in Derby, the other in Chesterfield. I am an independent judicial officer, responsible to the Crown.   

"Most people will rarely encounter coroners, at times of great stress and upset, often when they have suffered a sudden and unexpected bereavement. The office of Coroner within the English legal system is virtually unique and often misunderstood. Coronial law is increasingly complex and the amendments to both law and practice over the last few years is nothing short of staggering in comparison to the rate of change over the previous 800 years. Coroners have substantial discretion afforded them in their enquiries and there are as many (correct) ways of approaching an inquest as there are coroners!"

What key knowledge and information do you try to pass on to students?

"I take students through both the law and the process, incorporating my experiences as a coroner. We consider together the coronial process from the perspective of the various stakeholders involved: the family, the police, hospitals, GPs and pathologists. Enhanced Inquests are also considered, looking at both domestic and european law and its impact on the scope of our enquiries.  

"I enjoy encouraging the students to become involved in case study investigations, where they must identify the relevant issues, apply the relevant law and consider the likely conclusions. We hold a mock inquest and arrangements are made for students to attend the local Coroners Court and mortuary.

"I am am excited about being part of this rapidly expanding Law School which affords the students, through modules including the one that I deliver, an insight into real-world legal practice. The lecturers and students alike are enthusiastic and dedicated."

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