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Neil Harrison

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

I am a Solicitor and Senior Lecturer in law at Northumbria University.

I have started my DLaw doctorate research in legal history. In broad terms, I am researching the legal impact on business in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with a particular interested in ports and rivers.

I am also interested in research in legal history more broadly; procurement law and in particular innovation, risk avoidance and sustainability in the procurement process; international law and human rights; internet and society; legal education; responsible business; environmental law; financial crime; and law and society amongst others areas.

I am teaching on a wide range of courses, including commercial contracts on the M Law, LLB and LLM programmes, contract law on the Law LLB (Hons) programme and competition law on the Law with Business LLB (Hons) programme. I teach legal history on the M Law and LLB programmes. I am also supervising students in the Student Law Office.

I was previously a commercial disputes lawyer at Bond Dickinson LLP and Square One Law LLP with over 22 years’ practical experience advising on a wide range of commercial disputes, risk assessment and mitigation strategies in the private and public sector, including the local government, education, health, transport, housing, energy, sports and manufacturing sectors.

My areas of expertise include: historical research; commercial contractual disputes; all aspects of EU procurement law (as implemented in the UK) including procurement related disputes; PFI disputes; judicial review proceedings and public law disputes; freedom of information challenges; commercial agent and distributor disputes; education related disputes; competition law and general contractual disputes.

I also have extensive experience of court and tribunal proceedings at various levels.

My first degree was in history at Jesus College, Cambridge.

I am a member of the Procurement Lawyers Association and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Campus Address

Northumbria University School of Law, Room 350
City Campus East 1
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • History MA (Hons) September 01 1990
  • Solicitor Law Society 2016

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