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John Bates

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

 John is a Senior Lecturer in Northumbria Law School.

John graduated from the University of Leicester with an LLB (Hons) degree in law and then completed his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and in 2002 became a Partner in a regional law firm, where his principal areas of practice were Civil Dispute Resolution (commercial disputes, employment law, and tort disputes including personal injury and clinical negligence litigation).  He has extensive litigation and advocacy experience. 

John joined the School in 2008.  He teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, focussing on his specialist subject areas are Tort Law, Civil Dispute Resolution, along with Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation.  John has been responsible for the design, development, enhancement and delivery of several modules in these areas.

John has a Pg.Cert in M.Sc Academic and Professional Learning.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the North of England Medico-Legal Society.

Campus Address

Room CCE1-102, Northumbria Law School,
City Campus East,
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Academic Studies in Education PGCert Academic and Professional Learning July 01 2011
  • Legal Studies PGDip September 01 1995
  • Law LLB (Hons) July 01 1994
  • Member Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) 2008
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2008
  • Member Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) 1997
  • Solicitor Law Society 1997

Key Publications

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  • ‘How far is the law of tort ready to adapt to driverless cars?’, Bates, J. 3 May 2017, Fourth Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk and Information and the Law
  • ODR, Fixed Costs and Personal Injury Claims Process reform: A Perfect Storm for Access to Justice?, Bates, J. 7 Apr 2017, SLSA Annual Conference
  • ‘“Patient knows best” and the “paradigm” patient: the tensions of relative blame in a clinical context’, Bates, J. 6 Apr 2017, SLSA Annual Conference
  • A new battlefront: the social media environment and insurance fraud investigation, Bates, J. 9 Apr 2015, BILETA Conference 2015
  • 'Lies, damned lies and … strike-outs’: Access to justice and the new duty to strike out ‘fundamentally dishonest’ claims in their entirety, Bates, J. 31 Mar 2015, Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2015
  • 'QOCS quirks and the quixotic quid pro quo’: Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting and Access to Justice, Bates, J. 30 Mar 2015, Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2015
  • Civil Litigation in Practice 2014/15, Blackie, K., Bates, J. Sep 2014
  • 'Assignment Impossible? Time for the final call for companies purchasing claims for denied boarding compensation?’, Bates, J. Sep 2013, In: Travel Law Quarterly
  • Civil Litigation in Practice 13th edition 2013/14, Blackie, K., Bates, J. 1 Aug 2013
  • ‘Faster, higher, stronger? Too much?’ Pushing the limits of negligence liability in sports coaching, Bates, J. 15 May 2013, Northumbria Research Conference 2013


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