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Neil Harrison

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

I am a Solicitor, Senior Lecturer in law at Northumbria University and a Fellow of the HEA.

I teach on a wide range of courses on the LLB, MLaw and LLM programmes, including legal history, inquests, commercial contracts and contract law. I supervise legal history archives projects students. I also supervise students in the Student Law Office (civil/commercial firm).

I was 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.

As a solicitor my areas of expertise included commercial contractual disputes, all aspects of procurement law (as implemented in the UK) including procurement related disputes, PFI disputes, judicial review proceedings and public law disputes, commercial agent and distributor disputes, education related disputes and general contractual disputes.

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

My doctoral research is in legal history. In broad terms, the legal impact on business on Tyneside in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, focusing on the River Tyne. My research interests also include legal history more broadly, law and society, legal education and procurement law amongst other areas. Further details are in my Research Interests.

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

Neil Harrison

Campus Address

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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My doctoral research is in legal history. In broad terms, the legal impact on business on Tyneside in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, focusing on the River Tyne, its management and ownership by an institution, the Tyne Improvement Commission. I examine the role of individuals, and the interaction between the institution and the individuals in the ownership and management of the River. I examine how the individuals interpreted, enacted, and enforced commercial and regulatory law in the context of the institution.

My research interests are in legal history more broadly with a focus on the “long nineteenth century”. They include Chartism, radicalism, trade and business, newspapers and the press, biographical history, the role of networks in business, trade and commerce, ports and rivers, the interaction between commerce and culture, and crime and punishment.

In addition to legal history, my research interests also include law and society, legal education and procurement law.



  • History MA (Hons) June 30 1994
  • Law External Verified Award October 01 1993
  • Law Diploma June 30 1992
  • History BA (Hons) June 30 1990
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Fellow of the HEA 2017
  • Solicitor Law Society 1995

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