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Professor Richard Owen

Professor, Law

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Richard began his career as a trainee, later assistant, solicitor with the British Coal Corporation. Following that he went to the Cayman Islands Law School and was a member of the Chambers of the Attorney General of the Cayman Islands. 

Returning to the United Kingdom he was the Clinic Director at the University of Essex before joining Swansea University as Director of the Swansea Law Clinic in January 2017.  

A former Chair of the Association of Law Teachers, Richard was also formerly a member of the Law Commission’s Wales Advisory Committee. He has also been the UK Centre for Legal Education’s Consultant in Wales, a visiting professor to Fudan University, People’s Republic of China under the EU-China Co-operation Programme, an Independent Reviewer for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency.  Currently, Richard is a member of the Law Society's Wales Committee having also been a member of their Access to Justice Committee.   

Richard was the editor of the Policy and Educational Developments section of The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education and remains on their Editorial BoardHe is also a reviewer for the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education. He has convened a number of conferences on legal education in Wales most recently for the Legal Education Research Network (LERN) in April 2016.

In addition, to running clinics providing initial advice and assistance to members of the public in areas such as housing, relationship breakdown, consumer issues, and employment law, Richard has also run a prison law project in association with the Prisoners' Advice Service, and a Miscarriage of Justice Project in association with Inside Justice.

Richard is currently a member of the LawWorks Cymru Advisory Board, The Law Society's Access to Justice Committee, and runs a Litigant Helpdesk at Swansea Civil Justice Centre. He is Chair of the steering group for the Swansea Neath Port Talbot Regional Advice Network and is a trustee for the mental health charity, Hafal. 

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Areas Of Expertise

  • Clinical legal education
  • Legal advice services
  • Welsh law
  • Access to justice

Career Highlights

Award Highlights

National Teaching Fellow 2019

National Teaching Fellow

Finalist OUP Law Teacher of the Year Award 2018

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