Scott Atkins

Scott Atkins

Position: Acting Head of Law and Deputy Head of Department

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Derby Law School

Subject area: Law:

Research Centre: International Policing & Justice Institute

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I am the Acting Head of Law and Deputy Head of the Department of Law, Criminology and Social Sciences. My role consists of managing my Law colleagues, interacting with the local legal profession (I am a member of the Derby & District Law Society's Committee) and delivering two core modules on our flagship LLB programme. In that latter role, I meet first year students (through Contract Law: Theory & Practice) and final year students, via the Equity & Succession module.

Much of my life is spent dealing with books: writing one, liaising with the Library or buying them from the leading law publishers for the undergraduate students' benefit.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead both Contract Law: Theory and Practice (for first year undergraduates) and the conceptually challenging module of Equity & Succession (for final year undergraduates).

Professional interests

I qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and continue to maintain my name on the Roll of Solicitors. I no longer practise.

Research interests

Equity and Trusts interests me, not only in my teaching but also in writing the book. I've also edited conference papers on Trusts and write articles for WestLaw's encyclopaedia, Insight, also concerning the law of Trusts.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and, on a more local level, a Committee member of the Derby & District Law Society. Teaching-wise, I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am also a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and the liaison point between the Law School and that Society.


I was admitted to the Bachelor of Laws degree (with Honours at Class I) by the University of Birmingham in 1997. I then completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University) with Distinction the following year. I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2000.

Recent publications

I have a number of recent publications but the textbook dominates my time:

  • Equity & Trusts (2nd ed, Routledge-Cavendish, 2016) 
  • Scott Atkins (ed), Insights into Trusts Law: The Channel Islands and beyond (Institute of Law, 2013)
  • Scott Atkins (ed), Futter & Pitt: Mistakes by Trustees (Institute of Law, 2014).

Experience in industry

I was a solicitor in private practice until I became an academic. I no longer practise but whilst doing so, enjoyed a variety of non-contentious, property-related, work such as buying and selling houses, negotiating commercial and residential leases, acting for housebuilders and dealing with both typical and atypical conveyancing matters.

International experience

I am a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Law, Jersey, where I teach on the University of London's International Programme's LLB. I am also a member of the Academic Board at the Institute. It remains fascinating teaching English law in a non-English jurisdiction!

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