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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: Tort Law, Civil Dispute Resolution, and Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation.  He also leads a module on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Law.

John has been responsible for the design, development, enhancement and delivery of modules across several programmes, including the M.Law, LL.B., LL.B Law with Business, LL.B Law with International Business, Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course and Bar Professional Training Courses.

John has a Pg.Cert in Academic and Professional Learning.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He currently is the Programme Leader for the LL.B (Hons) Law with Business and LL.B(Hons) Law with International Business.  He has previously led the LL.B(Hons) Distance Learning programme.

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

John Bates

Campus Address

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

+44(0)191 227 4729


  • Academic Studies in Education PGCert July 01 2011
  • Legal Studies PGDip September 01 1995
  • Law LLB (Hons) July 01 1994
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011
  • Solicitor Law Society 1997

Key Publications

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  • "Honestly, what are the chances?!" Causation and quantification of a claim for the loss of a chance in professional negligence claims where the claimant's honesty is in dispute, Bates, J. 15 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Professional Negligence
  • ‘How far is the law of tort ready to adapt to driverless cars?’, Bates, J. 3 May 2017
  • ODR, Fixed Costs and Personal Injury Claims Process reform: A Perfect Storm for Access to Justice?, Bates, J. 7 Apr 2017
  • ‘“Patient knows best” and the “paradigm” patient: the tensions of relative blame in a clinical context’, Bates, J. 6 Apr 2017
  • A new battlefront: the social media environment and insurance fraud investigation, Bates, J. 9 Apr 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
  • 'QOCS quirks and the quixotic quid pro quo’: Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting and Access to Justice, Bates, J. 30 Mar 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. 16 Sep 2013, In: Travel Law Quarterly
  • Civil Litigation in Practice 13th edition 2013/14, Blackie, K., Bates, J. 1 Aug 2013

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Research interests focus on Tort Law, Civil Dispute Resolution (including Online Dispute Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution), Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation, and Artifical Intelligence, Robotics and the Law. 


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