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Northumbria Public Lecture Series: Professor Michael Stockdale

Northumbria University


Professor Michael Stockdale, Head of Law, Faculty of Business and Law

Legal Professional Privilege and the Robot Lawyer

Lecture Theatre 401, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Refreshments will be available from 6pm in the Corporate Hub on the fourth floor of the Business and Law Building


Professor Stockdale's broad research interests encompass criminal and civil evidence, including expert evidence, hearsay and evidence of character.  In recent years, an area of particular interest has been legal professional privilege. This privilege is of relevance to all legal practitioners (and their clients) as it concerns the right of a client to object to disclosing confidential communications with a legal adviser (legal advice privilege) or with an expert or non-expert witness (litigation privilege).

Arising out of one of his current collaborative research projects (with Rebecca Mitchell, an Associate Professor in the Law School), this lecture will be based upon the assumption that legal technology may develop such that a “robot legal adviser” may be capable of providing legal advice to a client without supervision by a human lawyer. From that standpoint the issue that will be explored is whether legal advice privilege could potentially be applicable where the legal advice is provided by such a robot.

About the Speaker

Professor Stockdale arrived at Northumbria as a Law student in 1979. He has worked in the Law School since 1983. He has been teaching/researching in the areas of criminal and civil evidence for over thirty years, having published numerous books, articles and case notes.  He is a contributing editor (evidence) to Archbold Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice. As well as being Head of the Law School he is also the Director of the Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, which he established over ten years ago. 

Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCECJS)

NCECJS encourages the exchange of ideas and facilitates collaboration regionally, nationally and internationally. It brings together Northumbria academics and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines with colleagues from other academic institutions, members of the judiciary, legal practitioners and other major stakeholders in the criminal, civil and family justice system such as senior police officers and leading expert witnesses. Its reputation is based on an extensive range of academic publications as well as major programmes of externally funded research and significant public engagement activities.

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Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East
Business and Law Building, Lecture Theatre 401
Newcastle upon Tyne


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