John joined the School of Law and Social Justice as a Lecturer in 2013 and became a Senior Lecturer in Law in October 2018. John's research interests cover mental health law and policy, health law, and the law of tort. During his time at the School, John has published a range of papers in leading peer-reviewed journals, an international co-edited collection of essays, and his monograph, 'New Medicalism and the Mental Health Act'. His current projects explore the implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for English law, the use of the concept of risk as the legal basis for deprivations of liberty, and the legal and policy dilemmas which surround the case for reforming the Mental Health Act 1983. John is a member of the Health Law and Regulation Unit (HLARU) and plays an active role in the cultivation of a lively research environment within that cluster.
John has significant teaching and learning responsibilities within the School. He is the co-convenor of the Law of Tort (LAW209) and delivers lectures and seminars to students on that module. He is also the co-ordinator of the Further Tort (LAW309) and Mental Health Law and Policy (LAW560) modules, which he teaches at undergraduate and Master's levels respectively. John warmly welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral candidates hoping to work within the fields of mental health law and policy or tort.
John is a graduate of the University of Liverpool and City, University of London. He is a non-practising barrister member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn.