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Helen Rutherford

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

A qualified solicitor, Helen Rutherford graduated from Newcastle University in 1989 with an LL.B (hons) degree and then completed the Law Society Finals at the College of Law in York. 

She completed her training contract with Hay and Kilner solicitors in Newcastle and on qualification worked in the litigation department handling claimant personal injury and clinical negligence cases. After six years she moved to Crutes Law Firm (now DWF) where she conducted defendant personal injury and clinical negligence litigation on behalf of insurance companies and the NHSLA. Helen is a qualified teacher, a member of the Society for Education and Training and a fellow of the HEA. She joined the University in 2012 as a senior lecturer. Helen teaches Civil Litigation, Trials of Dissenters and Inquests on the MLaw and LLB degrees. She manages a civil firm in the Student Law Office. Helen has an MA in North East History from Newcastle University and her research interest is in relation to inquests and trials in the nineteenth century. She is carrying out PhD research at Newcastle University into the life and work of the Victorian Coroner for Newcastle upon Tyne, John Theodore Hoyle (provisionally titled: The Coroner in an Emerging Industrial Society- Newcastle upon Tyne 1831-1886). 

Helen Rutherford

Campus Address

CCE 313



Qualifications

  • PGCHE
  • History MA
  • Law DipHE
  • LLB (Hons)
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Law Society- Member
  • Newcastle Law Society- Member
  • Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS)
  • Society for Education and Training- Member
  • Solicitor (Non-Practising) Roll of Solicitors

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Advice for new law students, Kotecha, B., Rutherford, H. 1 Oct 2020
  • 'All That They Had Heard, All That They Had Seen', Rutherford, H., Sandford- Couch, C. 12 Nov 2020, Fair and Unfair Trials in the British Isles, 1800-1940: , London, Bloomsbury Academic
  • An opium dream..., Rutherford, H. 16 Apr 2020
  • English Legal System [4th edition], Wilson, S., Rutherford, H., Storey, T., Wortley, N., Kotecha, B. 29 May 2020
  • Execution Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain, Low, P., Rutherford, H., Sandford- Couch, C. 30 Nov 2020
  • George Vass, Rutherford, H., Sandford- Couch, C. 30 Sep 2020, Execution Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain, New York, Routledge
  • Introduction, Low, P., Rutherford, H., Sandford- Couch, C. 30 Sep 2020, Execution Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain, New York, Routledge
  • Newcastle Celebrations after Previous Pestilence, Rutherford, H. 19 May 2020
  • “13 yards off the big gate and 37 yards up the West Walls”, Rutherford, H., Sandford-Couch, C. 23 Dec 2019, Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850, Palgrave
  • ‘Crowner Stoker, whe’s spectacles myeks him far-seeted/ He’s a h-ll of a fellow for getting folk reeted’, Rutherford, H. Apr 2019

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Picturing early nineteenth century courtroom actors: Joseph Bouet’s images of judges, lawyers and felons at Durham Criminal Court (c.1825-1856) 2020
  • Oral presentation: Picturing Early Nineteenth Century Courtroom Actors: Joseph Bouet’s Images of Judges, Lawyers and Felons at Durham Criminal Court (c.1830-1856) 2020
  • Oral presentation: Bodies in and Bodies Out: Court in the Tyne 2019
  • Oral presentation: “To each case, great and small, he devoted all his care, his knowledge and his intelligence.” A developing study of the life and work of John Theodore Hoyle: the coroner of the Town and Borough of Newcastle upon Tyne (1857-1885 2018
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: 1868: A Civilizing Moment? Reflecting on 150 Years since the Abolition of Public Execution 2018
  • Oral presentation: The West Walls Murder 2018


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