I joined the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law as an Associate Professor in March 2019. Before this, I was the Dean of Aston Law School in Birmingham and a Reader of Legal Education.

I studied for my LLB at Cardiff University where I also completed an LLM in European Legal Studies. My doctoral thesis, submitted to the University of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Panos Koutrakos, explored judicial interpretation of exceptions to the free movement of capital in EU law. 

I have a strong record of accomplishment in legal education leadership and (before becoming Dean at Aston) I served as an LLB Programme Director, Director of Legal Studies and Deputy Head of Law at various points in my career. I am proud to have won many awards for my teaching and have been shortlisted twice for a national teaching award. I am committed to promoting excellence in Learning & Teaching and this was recognised by my achieving Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. I am presently working on an application for Principal Fellowship.

I act as a peer-reviewer for The Law Teacher - a leading legal education journal – with specialism in technology-enhanced learning and curriculum design and I am a member of the Education Sub-committee of the Society of Legal Scholars. In addition, I have been developing expertise in legal education reform and am a member of the Solicitor Regulation Authority’s reference group on the development of the Solicitors’ Qualification Examination. I have been involved in the periodic review of programmes both within my own institution and as an external expert.

Outside of Learning & Teaching, my research interests lie in many aspects of European Union internal market law, particularly European taxation law, prudential supervision, competition law and the process of capital liberalisation. I warmly invite potential PhD students interested in any of the above topics, including those with an interest in legal education.

When away from academia I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young boys – Peter and Simon.

Teaching

  • LAA101 European Law 1

    The module will cover the EU origins and institutions, the law-making of the EU and core principles (such as direct effect and supremacy) and processes (such as preliminary rulings).

  • LAA105 European Law 1

    The module will cover the EU origins and institutions, the law-making of the EU and core principles (such as direct effect and supremacy) and processes (such as preliminary rulings).

  • LAA109 European Law 2

    The module will cover the substantive EU law, in particular the principles underpinning the internal market and the free movement of goods.

  • LAA113 European Law 2

    The module will cover the substantive EU law, in particular the principles underpinning the internal market and the free movement of goods.

  • LAQ201 European Law 1

    The module will cover the EU origins and institutions, the law-making of the EU and core principles (such as direct effect and supremacy) and processes (such as preliminary rulings)..

  • LAQ209 European Law 2

    The module will cover the substantive EU law, in particular the principles underpinning the internal market and the free movement of goods.

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, Various – including BPP, Bradford and Leeds Beckett

    2015 - Present

  • Committee Member - Education Sub-committee, Society of Legal Scholars

    2016 - Present

  • Reference Group Member (SQE Development), Solicitors Regulation Authority

    2016 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2011 2019 Dean of Law (and previously Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Reader) Aston University
2008 2011 GTA University of Bristol Law School