I am a Fellow of Exeter College, a member of the Oxford Law Faculty (where I am a Visiting Professor), a Senior Research Associate at the Uehiro Institute for Practical Ethics (within the Faculty of Philosophy), and a Research Associate at the Ethox Centre and the Helex Centre (both within the Faculty of Medicine).

My main areas of interest are medical law and ethics. Recently I have focussed particularly on questions of identity, personhood, and authenticity, on whether theories of human dignity can do any real work in the law, and on the use of intuitions in moral and legal reasoning. The next substantial projects are (a) a collaboration with the Freie Universitat, Berlin, on the use made in England and Germany of the notion of human dignity, and (b) the How Institutions Think project – a multi-disciplinary venture under the auspices of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford (Professor Steve Rayner), which examines distributed cognition in institutional frameworks. My part is to analyse how such distributed cognition does and should affect the identity of the individuals within institutions, and to suggest what this should mean for legal regulation. 

I still practise as a barrister, but most of my time is now spent in academia. As a barrister I have been involved in some of the key cases in medical law, including the assisted suicide litigation in the House of Lords (Purdy v DPP, 2009) and the Supreme Court (Nicklinson v Ministry of Justice, 2014), and the challenge in the Supreme Court to the requirement for court endorsement of the withdrawal of life-sustaining nutrition and hydration from patients in prolonged disorders of consciousness (An NHS Trust v Y, 2018). I am currently (2020) instructed in Mortier v Belgium, a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights to the operation of the Belgian euthanasia law. I was the Chambers and Partners Junior of the Year for Professional Discipline in 2011, and have for many years been recognized as a leading barrister for Professional Discipline and Clinical Negligence in the Chambers and Partners directory and the Legal 500.

I sit as a part-time judge in the Crown Court and the County Court, and am authorised to try serious sexual cases.

From 2011-2018 I was the legal adviser to the Royal College of Physicians Committee for Ethics in Medicine, and I am on the Steering Group of the Fiction and Human Rights Project.

I do a good deal of non-academic writing. A recent example is Being a Beast, which is a New York Times Bestseller and was long-listed for the Baillie Gifford Prize (the ‘non-fiction Booker’) and the Wainwright Prize. For the work in that book I won the IgNobel Prize for Biology in 2016. Being a Beast, like most of my other non-academic writing, explores themes directly pertinent to my academic research (such as: Are humans special? How plastic is our identity? Can we know sufficient about the world to be able to make informed decisions?) Much of the media interest has been in those themes. A sequel, Being a Human: Adventures in 40,000 years of consciousness, examines three seismic epochs in the history of consicousness: the Upper Palaeolithic, the Neolithic and the Enlightenment. I contribute to many publications, including the Guardian, the Times, the Spectator, and the Literary Review.

My current research students are:

Petros Panayiotou: DPhil: Displacing relational personhood: Displacing assumptions of moral status in abortion (with Professor Jonathan Herring)

Kaiyo Konishi-Dukes: DPhil: AI music and existential anxiety (with Professor Eric Clarke)

Anne Lansink: MPhil and DPhil: Should the law recognize the dignity of non-human animals? (with Professor Jonathan Herring)

Urania Chiu: DPhil: The justification for the compulsory treatment of psychiatric patients in Hong Kong (with Dr Michael Dunn)

Karl Segnoe: DPhil: Making and unmaking: From fragmented individuals to the fragmented society (with Professor Steve Rayner: Institute of Science, Innovation and Society, Department of Anthropology).

Previous research students are:

Heloise Robinson: DPhil: Is the state neutral when considering whether the lives of disabled embryos/fetuses should be ended? (with Professor John Finnis)

Pip Coore: MSt and DPhil: Should the law endorse preemptive family agreements for the provision of care for the elderly? (with Professor Jonathan Herring).

Jake Lewis: BCL: What are the philosophical presumptions in best interests determinations under the MCA and in relation to decision-making on behalf of children?



Some representative publications are listed below. 

Authored Books

Work in progress

Intuitively rational (an enquiry into the use of intuitions in ethical reasoning) (with Andrew McGee)



Law as a moral agent (with Jonathan Herring): Springer



Human thriving and the law (2018) (with Jonathan Herring): Springer

Identity, Personhood and the law (2017) (with Jonathan Herring): Springer

Human thriving and the law (with Jonathan Herring) (2018): Springer

Identity, Personhood and the law (with Jonathan Herring) (2017): Springer

Altruism, Welfare and the Law (with Jonathan Herring) (2015): Springer

Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction (2013): Oxford University Press

Human dignity in bioethics and law (2012): Hart

Guide to tripping and slipping cases (with Ben Bradley) (2010): Jordans, and subsequent ed (2015)

Choosing Life, Choosing Death – The Tyranny of Autonomy in Medical Law and Ethics (2009): Hart

Medical mistakes: (2007): Claerhout Law Publishers

Elements of Medical Law: (2nd Edition) (2007): Claerhout Law Publishers

Consent and confidentiality: A case study in the management of epilepsy (with John Tingle): (2006) (CD Rom): TVF Communications

Elements of Medical Law (2005): Barry Rose Law Publishers

Twenty-First Century Nursing: Law and Ethics (with John Tingle and Kay Wheat) (2003): (CD Rom): TVF Medical Communications/Pharmacia (CD Rom)

Drafting: 2nd Ed. (with Elmer Doonan) (2001): Cavendish

Civil Advocacy (with Charles Bourne, Jacqui Gilliatt and Prashant Popat): 2nd Ed. (2001): Cavendish

Clinical confidentiality (with Nick Peacock) (2000) Monitor Press

Personal Injury Toolkit (with Graham Reeds and Mark Bennet), 1st Ed. 1997. Subsequent editions to 2016, FT Law and Tax/ Sweet and Maxwell

Disclosure and Confidentiality (with Toby Wynn and Nick Ainsley) (1996): FT Law and Tax

Tripping and Slipping Cases: A Practitioner’s Guide: (1st Ed. 1994: 2nd Ed. 1996: 3rd Ed. 2002, 4th Ed. 2009): Longman/FT Law and Tax/Sweet and Maxwell

Edited books




Routledge Handbook of Global Health Rights (editor, with Clayton O’Neill, Morgan Shimwell, Jonathan Herring and John Tingle): Routledge



Depression: Law and Ethics (with Jonathan Herring) (2017): OUP

Medical Law, Ethics and Communication At A Glance (with Mikey Dunn, Patrick Davey, Anna Rathmell and Helen Salisbury (2016): Wiley Blackwell

Dementia: Law and Ethics (with Jonathan Herring and Issi Doron) (2014): Hart

Medical Law Precedents (2010): Wildy

Oral feeding difficulties and dilemmas: A guide to practical care, particularly towards the end of life: (2010): Royal College of Physicians, London (co-author: member of Working Party)

Regulating Health Care Quality: Legal and Professional Issues (with John Tingle and Kay Wheat) (2004): Butterworth Heinemann/Elsevier Science

Clinical Guidelines: Law, policy and practice (with John Tingle) (2002): Cavendish

Book chapters


‘Human dignity in medical law’: in Philosophical foundations of medical law, ed Jonathan Herring and Andelka Phillips, OUP

On hunting: in ‘Animals in our midst’, ed Bernice Bovenkerk: Springer

The disciplinary machinery of the GMC: Oxford Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics: OUP’

‘The Ethics of Molecular Medicine’, in Molecular Medicine, ed Donald Chambers, Garland Press

‘Ethics in Paediatric Surgery: in Textbook of Paediatric Surgery, Ed Paul Johnston, OUP


Patient safety and substantive English medical law': In Global Patient Safety: Law, Policy and Practice, ed John Tingle, Clayton O'Neill and Morgan Shimwell, Routledge

‘Anthropomorphism: faulty thinking or useful tool? In Animal Welfare Challenges, Ed Andy Butterworth, CABI

‘Depression and civil liability’: In Depression: Law and Ethics, ed Charles Foster and Jonathan Herring, OUP

‘I am not depressed’: in Depression: Law and Ethics, ed Charles Foster and Jonathan Herring, OUP

‘On rebuilding Noah’s ark and drinking old Burgundy’ in Philosophers Take On the World (2016): Ed David Edmonds, OUP

‘My son’s dyslexic and I’m glad’, in Philosophers Take On the World (2016): Ed David Edmonds, OUP

‘The relationship between medical ethics, law and professionalism’: in Medical Law and Ethics At A Glance (2016): Ed Charles Foster, Mikey Dunn and Patrick Davey, Wiley Blackwell

‘Airedale NHS Trust v Bland’ in Landmark Cases in Medical Law (2015): Ed Jonathan Herring and Jesse Wall, Hart

 ‘What is health?’ (with Jonathan Herring), in Law and Global Health: Current Legal Problems (2014): OUP

‘Negligence: The Legal Perspective’ In Nursing Law and Ethics (2013, and previous editions, 2006 and 2002), Ed Tingle and Cribb, Blackwell Scientific

‘Report writing and appearing in court’: in Wildlife Forensics: Principles and Practice (2013): Ed John and Margaret Cooper, Taylor and Francis

‘The Carmentis Machine: Legal and ethical issues in the use of neuroimaging to guide treatment withdrawal in newborn infants’ (with Dominic Wilkinson). In Law and Neuroscience (2013): Ed Michael Freeman, Current Legal Issues Vol. 13, OUP

‘Pre-trial clinical negligence issues’ in Patient Safety Law: Policy and Practice (2013): Ed John Tingle and Pippa Bark, Routledge

‘Challenging the Inquiry’: In Public Inquiries (2012): Ed. Jason Beer, OUP

‘Veterinary Negligence’: in Professional Negligence and Liability, (2010 and subsequent editions – 2017 and continuing) Ed Mark Simpson, Informa/LLP

‘What is the criminal law for?’ in Advancing Opportunity: routes in and out of criminal justice (2008)’, Ed Rob Allen, Smith Institute.

‘Family law in the Caucasus and Central Asia: 1800 - ’: In Encyclopaedia of Women and Islam (2006): Brill Press

‘It should be, therefore it is’: In Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2006): Ed Emily Jackson OUP

‘Tripping and slipping cases’: in Personal Injury Law and Precedents (2006): Jordans/APIL

‘Disciplinary jurisdiction over the medical and other healthcare professions’ In Regulating Health Care Quality: Legal and Professional Issues (2004): Butterworth Heinemann/Elsevier Science

‘Civil procedure, trial issues and clinical guidelines’ in Clinical Guidelines: Law, policy and practice (2002): Ed John Tingle Cavendish

‘Access, Procedure and the Human Rights Act 1998 in Medical Cases’ In Healthcare Law: The impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 (2001): Ed. Garwood-Gowers,Tingle and Lewis) Cavendish

Selected articles

                                                                                          Work in progress

Intuitions in the courtroom (with Andrew McGee)

The illogicality of the court's approach to wrongful life claims (with Andrew McGee)

Patient autonomy and the doctor-patient relationship in the Talmud (with Michael Weingarten)


Doctors are, and should be, morally common: Journal of Medical Ethics (2019)

Mass Extinction: New Philosopher, Issue 25, 2019

Deal with the real, not the notional patient, and don’t ignore important uncertainties: Journal of Medical Ethics (2019)

Kious and Battin’s dilemma resolved: American Journal of Bioethics (2019)

Human dignity in the Scots law concept of injuria: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2019) 28: 534-541

Making the biggest story small: Columbia Journalism Review, July 2019

Review of ‘Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy’, by John Keown: New Law Journal, May 2019

It is never lawful or ethical to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from patients with Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness: Journal of Medical Ethics (2019)

Whose duty of care? Darnley in the Supreme Court: New Law Journal (2019) 169 (7823); 15-16

The rebirth of medical paternalism: An NHS Trust v Y: Journal of Medical Ethics, October 2018

Setting the record straight on causation: New Law Journal (2018) 168: 7808

Separated at birth? Should pregnant mothers owe a duty of care in tort to the fetus?  New Law Journal, 5 January 2018 (with Julian Savulescu)

Identity, Personhood and the Law: A response to Ashcroft and McGee: (with Jonathan Herring): Journal of Medical Ethics, December 2017

It’s arrived! Relational autonomy comes to court (ABC v St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust) (with Roy Gilbar): Medical Law Review (fwx044), October 2017

Identity, Personhood and the Law: Journal of Medical Ethics: (with Jonathan Herring) (2017): 43:24–5.

In defense of legal obscurity: American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience (2017) 8(1): 39-41

Does the English law of abortion affront human dignity? New Bioethics (2016): 22(3); 162-184

Compulsory treatment: ask who the patient really is. A reply to Mirko Garasic: Journal of Medical Ethics (2017): 43 (1) 24-25

Is there a duty to respect ‘historical’ faith? Christian proselytism of an older Jewish woman with dementia: Journal of Law and Religion (2016): 31(2): 118-129 (with Issi Doron)

Aboriginal healthcare and bioethics: the Seven Grandfathers trump the Four Principles: American Journal of Bioethics (2016): 16(5): 54-56

The revised Declaration of Helsinki: Cosmetic or real change? (with Aisha Malik): Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2016): 109(5): 184-9

Don’t throw out the baby of autonomy: talk to the mother instead: American Journal of Bioethics (2016): 16(2); 57-59

The ethics of non-consensual HIV testing are not substantively different from the ethics of overriding the right not to know a test result: Journal of Medical Ethics (2016) 42(2): 106-107

A material contribution to legal clarity: (Williams v The Bermuda Hospitals Board): New Law Journal 7689:  4 March 2016

Harm: as indeterminate as best interests, but useful for triage: Journal of Medical Ethics (2015) 42 (2) 121-122

Human Dignity: A response to Camosy and Huxtable: Journal of Medical Ethics (2015) 41 (12) 940-941

Doctors’ liability to the patient’s relatives in genetic medicine (with Roy Gilbar): Medical Law Review (2015) 24(1): 112-123

Who’s in charge? Medical law, medical ethics and medical morality: with Jose Miola: Medical Law Review (2015) 23(4): 505–530

Suicide tourism may change attitudes to assisted suicide – but not through the courts: Journal of Medical Ethics (2015) 41: 8: 620

The last word on consent? (Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board): New Law Journal (2015) 7647: 2 April 2015

Dignity and the ownership and use of body parts: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2014) 23(4): 417-430

From informed consent to informed request: strengthening shared decision-making: Indian Journal of Bioethics (2014) 11(1) (with Aisha Malik)

Testing the limits of the joint account model of genetic information: a legal thought experiment (with Jonathan Herring, Michael Dunn and Magnus Boyd): Journal of Medical Ethics (2014) 41 (5) 379-382

Dignity and the use of body parts: Journal of Medical Ethics (2014) 40 (1) 44-47

Jurors have rights too (Archbold Review: February 2014) (with Julian Savulescu)

Ethics, evidence and the Abortion Act 1967: Criminal Bar Quarterly: Summer 2014 (2): 8-9

Review of ‘Betrayed’, by Richard Scorer: New Law Journal: June 2014

Law, Ethics and Responsibility at the Limits of Life (review of book of that name, by Richard Huxtable: Medical Law Review, (2014) 22 (3): 434-441

Game of Life: New Law Journal (2014) 164 (7613); 6 (4 July 2014)

From intention to foresight, and back again: a reply to McGee (with Jonathan Herring, Karen Melham and Tony Hope): Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2013) 22(1): 86-91

Review of ‘Death or Disability’, by Dominic Wilkinson: European Journal of Health Law 20(5); 532-539

Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law: Author meets critics: Journal of Medical Ethics (2015) 41 (12) 935

Autonomy in the medico-legal courtroom: a principle fit for purpose? Medical Law Review (2014) 22(1): 48–63

Dignity and the use of body parts: Journal of Medical Ethics (2014) 40:44-47

Taking an interest in best interests (James in the Supreme Court): New Law Journal. 13 December 2013, 15-16

If you ask the wrong question, you’ll get the wrong answer: Journal of Medical Ethics (2013): 39 (9) 578

Should female cosmetic genital surgery and genital piercing be regarded ethically and legally as female genital mutilation? (with Brenda Kelly): British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2012): 119(4): 389-92.

‘Please don’t tell me’: The right not to know (with Jonathan Herring). Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2012) 21(1): 20-29

Welfare means relationality, virtue and altruism (with Jonathan Herring), Legal Studies (2012) 32: 480

What sort of DNAR order is that? (with Tony Hope), Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2012) 105: 279–282.

The elephant in the (board) room: the role of contract research organisations in international clinical research (with Aisha Malik): American Journal of Bioethics (2012): 12(11): 49-50

When autonomy kills: the case of Sami Mbarka Ben Garci (with Mirko Garasic) Medicine and Law (2012) 31(4): 589-97

The Double Effect Effect (with Jonathan Herring, Karen Melham and Tony Hope): Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2011): 20(1): 46-55

The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. Review of the book of that name by Iain McGilchrist: Contemporary Review, Spring 2011

Autonomy, Consent and the law: Review of the book of that name, by Sheila McLean: Mortality (2011): 15(2): 178

Autonomy should chair, not rule: The Lancet (2011): 375(9712): 368-69

Why doctors should get a life: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2011) 102(12) 519-520

Turning a blind eye to crime: health professionals and the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (with Tony Hope and Sally Hope): British Journal of General Practice (2011): 60(570); 64-65(2)

Abortion: Three perspectives. Review of the book of that name by Tooley, Devine and Jaggar: Contemporary Review, Spring 2011

Autonomy and Welfare as amici curiae (with Mikey Dunn): Medical Law Review (2010): 18(1): 86–95

Bad laws: Review of the book of that name, by Philip Johnston, Contemporary Review, Winter 2010

Advance directives and personality-changing illness: British Journal of Nursing (2010) 19(15): 926-927

Carelessness killed the cat: Damages in veterinary negligence cases: Personal Injury Law Journal (2009): 74: 15-17

Medical law too often doffs its cap to the doctor’s white coat: The Times, 21 May 2009, Law p. 66

The NHS should not treat self-inflicted illness: Oxford University online debate with Dr. Mark Sheehan, 2009

Blaming the patient: Contributory negligence in medical malpractice litigation (with Jonathan Herring): Professional Negligence (2009): 25(2): 76-90

Untwining the strands: LCN DNA analysis in criminal cases: New Law Journal (2008) 158 (7306): 157

Sheepish behaviour: The Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill: New Law Journal (2008) 158: 7323: 761

A lost opportunity: (Reform of the Abortion Act) New Law Journal (2008) 158: 7326: 889-890

Family: Unfair? Solicitors Journal, 26 January 2007: (2007) 151: 4 p. 102

Nutritional support at the end of life: legal issues: European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2007) 19(5): 389

Investigating death: developments in the law of inquests: Solicitors Journal, 18 May 2007, p. 627

Simple rationality? The law of healthcare resource allocation in England. Journal of Medical Ethics, (2007) 33: 404-407

DNA testing: a practitioner’s guide, New Law Journal (2007) 157: 7278: 876-877

Should nurses perform surgical abortion? Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care (2007) 33(3): 221

Forty years on: (Should the Abortion Act 1967 be reviewed?): New Law Journal, 157: 7295: 1517

The Troubled Helix: Counsel (2007) December, 14-15

Will clinical guidelines replace judges? Medicine and Law (2006) 25:4: 586-592

Gillick rules OK (The Sue Axon case): Solicitors Journal, 10 February 2006, p. 154: (2006)150 (5): 154-155 and on the website of the UK Clinical Ethics Network

Submissions from non-existent claimants: The non-identity problem and the law: Medicine and Law: (2006) 25(1); 159-174 (with Professor Tony Hope and Dr. John McMillan)

Buying Life: (The Herceptin judgment in the Court of Appeal): Solicitors Journal, 5 May 2006, p. 558 (150 (17); 558) and on the website of the UK Clinical Ethics Network.

Always look on the bright side of life: The case of Re MB: Healthcare Risk Report (2006): 12(7): 23

The edge of life and the edge of the law: Re MB. Family Law Journal (2006): 67: 8

The role of clinical guidelines in medical negligence litigation: A shift from the Bolam standard? : (with Ash Samanta, Michelle Mello, John Tingle and Jo Samanta): Medical Law Review (2006)  14(3): 321–366

Disclosing medical records (R (on the application of B ) v Stafford Combined Court Centre), Solicitors Journal (2006) 150 (33)1102: 25 August 2006

Expert immunity after GMC v Meadow: Solicitors Journal, 3 November 2006: (2006) 150(42): 406

When NICE says no: (the debate about the funding of Alzheimer’s disease drugs): New Law Journal (2006) 156 (7251)1813 (1 December 2006)

In defence of intolerability: Inter Alia Law Journal (2006): 5 (1): 23

Law and the Brain (Review): British Journal of Psychiatry (2006) 189: 570

Misrepresentations about prognosis and palliative options: some legal considerations: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice (2005): 11(1) 21–25

Dementia, best interests and budgets: New Law Journal, 28 January 2005, p. 144

Last chance for lost chances: (Gregg v Scott in the House of Lords): New Law Journal, 18 February 2005, p. 248

Designing babies: (The Hashmi case in the House of Lords): Solicitors Journal, 13 May 2005, p. 561

Police duty of care: (Brooks v Chief Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis): Solicitors Journal, 27 May 2005, p. 620

Staying fair: (the problem of parallel civil and disciplinary proceedings): Solicitors Journal, 9 September 2005, p.1036

What is man, that the judges are mindful of him? Lessons from the PVS cases: Journal of Philosophy, Science and Law (2005) 5

What autonomy really means: British Medical Journal: 2005; 331: 841-2 (8 October 2005)

‘Pro-choice’ ought to mean exactly what it says: The Times: 11 October 2005: Law section p. 10

Baby Charlotte: The end of intolerability: (Wyatt in the Court of Appeal): Solicitors Journal, 21 October 2005, p. 1240 and on UK Clinical Ethics Network website

When two freedoms collide: (Article 9 and conscientious objection to abortion): New Law Journal, 28 October 2005, p. 1624

The law of abortion: From international comparison to legal policy (Review): New Law Journal, 4 November 2005, p. 1677

Burke: A tale of unhappy endings: Journal of Personal Injury Law (2005) (4): 293, and on the website of the UK Clinical Ethics Network.

Tribesmen’s blood spilt for want of a good law: The Times, 27 January 2004, Law Section, p. 12

Paying attention to neglect (Ex parte Middleton and ex p Sacker in the House of Lords: Solicitors Journal, 2 April 2004, p. 370

Coroners’ Courts (Review of Dorries’ book): Solicitors Journal, July 30 2004, p. 906

Right to life: (Vo v France in the ECtHR): Solicitors Journal, 13 August 2004, p. 957

Right to Survive (The Lesley Burke case): Solicitors Journal, 1 October 2004: p. 1110

Pro-life lobby and its pyrrhic victories: The Times, 26 October 2004: Law section, p. 5

Killing by degrees: R v Misra and the modern law of gross negligence manslaughter: Solicitors Journal, 29 October 2004, p. 1226

It should be, therefore it is: (Chester v Afshar in the House of Lords): New Law Journal, 5 November 2004, p. 1644

Current issues in the law of genetics: New Law Journal, 10 January 2003, p. 29

Indonesia and West Papua: Contemporary Review, February 2003, p. 73

Dandruff, data protection and dead bodies: Counsel magazine, April 2003, p. 12

Section 6, spies and videotape: (Jones v University of Warwick): Solicitors Journal, 25 April 2003, p. 466

Those about to die must be told all the facts: (Issues of consent in euthanasia): The Times, 3 June 2003: Law section, p. 5

Embryo matching: R v HFEA ex p Quintavalle in the Court of Appeal: Solicitors Journal, 20 June 2003, p. 712

Making Amends? The Chief Medical Officer’s report on clinical negligence: Solicitors Journal, 11 July 2003, p. 795

International law: Another casualty of the Iraq War? Contemporary Review, August 2003, p. 76

Injection of pragmatism (Children and medical consent: lessons from MMR): Solicitors Journal, 19 September 2003, p. 1050

Ways round Goodes: Journal of Personal Injury Law (2003) 143

The questions to ask a husband (or wife) before sex (R v Mohammed Dica): The Times, 21 October 2003: Law Section, p. 6

Effective inquiries (ex p Amin and ex p Farooq): Solicitors Journal, 31 October 2003, p. 1219

The HFEA 1990 begins to leak: ex p Quintavalle and the Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001: Genetics Law Monitor: Vol. 2, Issue 4: January/February 2002, p. 1

The Miss B case: autonomy unto death: Solicitors Journal, 15 March 2002, p. 233

Drug-facilitated sexual assault: (review of the book of that name, edited by Marc LeBeau and Ashraf Mozayani): Solicitors Journal, 29 March 2002, p. 290

Judgment Day: The lessons of Pretty in the ECHR and Miss B: Solicitors Journal, 17 May 2002, p. 450

The price of super-specialism: The demise of the common lawyer: New Law Journal, Vol. 152 No. 7046: p. 1297 (6 September 2002)

Consent and confidentiality: Legal implications of electronic transmission of prescriptions
(With Professor Joy Wingfield): Pharmaceutical Journal (2002) 269: 328.

Clone Wars: (the law and ethics of therapeutic cloning): Solicitors Journal, 8 November 2002, p. 1002

Plunge in the deep end of the gene pool: The Times, 19 November 2002: Law section p. 4

Lost Chance: Gregg v Scott in the Court of Appeal: Solicitors Journal, 6 December 2002, p. 1105

Medication Errors (review of the book of that name by Robert Naylor): Solicitors Journal, 6 December 2002

Fifty glorious legal years? English law during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II: Contemporary Review, December 2002, p. 321

Behind the corporate bikeshed: Waters in the House of Lords: Solicitors’ Journal, 12 January 2001, p. 18

The price of pain: Codifying quantification: Health Care Risk Report, February 2001, p. 12

Alder Hey: the law behind the scandal: Solicitors’ Journal, 16 February 2001, p. 128

Medical negligence: The cranium, spine and nervous system (Review of book of that name by Garfield and Earl): Solicitors’ Journal, 30 March 2001, p. 292

Alternative standards (Shakoor v Situ): Solicitors’ Journal, 20 April 2001, p. 356

Switching off: (NHS Trust A v M: NHS Trust B v H): Solicitors’ Journal, 25 May 2001, p. 472

Vicarious liability: Back to basics (Lister v Hesley Hall Ltd.): Solicitors’ Journal, 15 June 2001, p. 554

Operating within the law, by Bruce Campbell, Ken Callum and Nicholas Peacock: (Review): Solicitors’ Journal, 29 June 2001

Settling scores (Griffin v Kingsmill): Solicitors’ Journal, 7 September 2001, p. 800

The UK Law on Human Cloning: Where are we? Genetics Law Monitor, September/October 2001, p. 1

Brain and spine injuries: The fight for justice (review of the book of that name by Bill Braithwaite): Solicitors Journal, 30 November 2001, p. 111

Protecting the vulnerable (comment on the Dianne Pretty case): Solicitors’ Journal (editorial): 7 December 2001, p. 1122

Clarity out of tragedy: The Dianne Pretty Case: Solicitors Journal, 21 December 2001, p. 1176

Wrongful birth: New light from the north (McFarlane v Tayside Health Board): Solicitors’ Journal, 21 January 2000, p. 38

Deducting benefits from damages for personal injury (Review): Solicitors’ Journal, 31 March 2000, p. 305

Personal Injury Practice (Review): Solicitors’ Journal, 31 March 2000, p. 305

Valuing suffering: The conjoined general damages appeals: Solicitors’ Journal, 7 April 2000, p. 318

Common sense guidelines for the conduct of expert meetings: The Expert, Spring 2000

Causation: Rules of engagement: Health Care Risk Report, June 2000, p. 10

Negligence, neurosis and the de-railing of gravy trains: Viewpoint article in, June 2000

A material contribution to legal chaos: Holtby in the Court of Appeal: Solicitors’ Journal, 14 July 2000, p. 662

No grit, no salt, no claim: Goodes v East Sussex CC in the House of Lords: Solicitors’ Journal, 4 August 2000, p. 724

Confidentiality and genetic information: Genetics Law Monitor, Vol.1: Issue 2, p. 1: September/October 2000

Rocks and hard places: The Siamese twins case: Solicitors’ Journal, 13 October 2000, p. 922

The dangers of super-specialism: Viewpoint article in, November 2000

Causation: battle rules part 2: Health Care Risk Report, November 2000, p. 10

The trial process: an examination: Health Care Risk Report, February 1999, p. 10

Woolf and conditional fees: Health Care Risk Report, June 1999, p. 10

Pinochet in the House of Lords: Contemporary Review, June 1999, p. 292

A retrospective on foresight (Frost v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire): Solicitors’ Journal, 6 August 1999, p. 764

Two or three to tangle? (What should the rate of interest on general damages be?): Solicitors’ Journal, 22 October 1999, p. 974

New consent guidelines – a knee-jerk reaction: Health Care Risk Report, November 1999, p. 11

Meetings of experts under the CPR: Solicitors’ Journal, 10 December 1999, p. 1162

The Ambit of Inquests: Solicitors’ Journal, 9 January 1998, p. 16

The Surgeons sideline Sidaway: Solicitors’ Journal, 13 March 1998 p. 228

Bolam: Consolidation and Clarification: Health Care Risk Report 4(5) (April 1998), p. 5

Death, Disembowelment, Deception and Damages: Professional Negligence Law Review (1998) 2:3

Bristol baby deaths: The Times, 20 June 1998.

Anatomy of a medical negligence action: The opening shots: Health Care Risk Report: July/August 1998 p.11

A different kind of prudence (the multiplier cases in the House of Lords): Solicitors’ Journal, 31 July 1998, p. 714

Medical negligence litigation (review of “Medical Negligence Litigation”, by Denis Carey): Solicitors’ Journal, 31 July 1998, p.723

Res ipsa loquitur: Clearing up the confusion (Ratcliffe in the Court of Appeal): Solicitors’ Journal, 14 August 1998, p.762

Streamlining disclosure to the GMC: Solicitors’ Journal, 18 September 1998, p. 844

Anatomy of a medical negligence action: The paper battle: Health Care Risk Report, October 1998, p. 12

Lost chances return to the personal injury fold (Doyle v Wallace in the Court of Appeal): Solicitors’ Journal, 2 October 1998, p. 891

Anatomy of a medical negligence action: Tactics: Health Care Risk Report, November 1998, p. 9

Contingency factors in personal injury multipliers: Solicitors’ Journal, 7 March 1997, p.212 (with Mark Bennet)

Costly threats to health: Health Management, October 1997, p. 21

Medical negligence: The new cornerstone (Bolitho v City & Hackney HA): Solicitors’ Journal, 5 December 1997, p. 1150

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill 1995 : Solicitors’ Journal, 19 January 1996 (with Toby Wynn)

Liability for defective products affecting animals: CPA and breach of contract: Solicitors’ Journal, 2 February 1996 p. 102

Liability for defective products affecting animals: negligence: Solicitors’ Journal, 9 February 1996 p. 120

The law according to Scott: Solicitors’ Journal, 23 February 1996

A lost chance recovered: (First Interstate Bank of California v Cohen Arnold & Co.) : Solicitors’ Journal, 31 May 1996

Res ipsa loquitur: the Defendant’s friend: Solicitors’ Journal, August 1996

The shareholder under the Clapham omnibus (The conjoined multiplier cases in the Court of Appeal): Solicitors’ Journal, 1 November 1996 p. 1044

Causation in medical negligence cases: recent developments: Solicitors’ Journal, 15 November 1996, p. 1098

A plea for a lost chance: Hotson reconsidered: New Law Journal, February 17 1995 p. 228 and February 24 1995 p. 248 (in two parts).

It shouldn’t happen to a vet: A guide to law and practice in veterinary negligence cases: Solicitors’ Journal, 3 March 1995 p. 186

Flogging a live horse: Solicitors’ Journal, 2 June 1995 p. 522

A worrying conception: Walkin v S. Manchester H.A.: Solicitors’ Journal, 15 September 1995

An unknown horse’s breakfast: Disclosure of Veterinary Records: New Law Journal, January 7 1994 p.10

Many a slip: Solicitor’s Journal, September 16 1994

The price of animal suffering: The quantum of damages in veterinary negligence cases: New Law Journal, January 29 1993 p. 123

Jerusalem, Geneva and the Hills of Lebanon: New Law Journal, February 26 1993 p. 282

The Dershowitz Principle: New Law Journal, September 10 1993 p. 1252

Israel: The Temple Mount and the Crisis of the Courts: New Law Journal, January 11 1991, p.34

A Promised Land? New Law Journal, May 21 1991 p. 702


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