Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Contact Details

Mr Neil Stanley


I have over two decades of experience teaching law to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

I am a qualified Solicitor with twelve years post-qualification experience. In addition, I have three years experience in a niche planning consultancy, specialising in listed buildings and conservation areas.

Research Interests

I have a particular interest in how legal processes respond to expressions of public concern relating to hazards.

I am interested in environmental law: pollution control, planning law (including the built heritage) and nature conservation.

Mr research interests also involve torts, corporate manslaughter, emergency planning/disasters, and  risk and legal processes.

I was a partner in an ESRC funded project entitled 'Perception and Communication of Terrorist Risk' (2008) and a project called 'Cyclops' (Cycling of Phosphorous in the Eastern Mediterranean), an EU funded (1.9m euro), seven-partner marine science project (with legal aspect), running from 1999 to 2003.


I am the module co-ordinator for all Torts modules and Environmental modules.

This includes Pollution Control at undergraduate and postgraduate level, planning and nature conservation at undergraduate level, and European environmental law at postgraduate level.

I was runner up in the Law Teacher of the Year competition 2007-2008.

My environmental law modules (open to law and non-law students) have a practical focus, mirrored in the 'real life' problem-based assessment tasks.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in receiving applications which correspond to my research interests.

Key Publications


  • Stanley NK, Wolf S, Wolf and Stanley on Environmental Law, 5 (Routledge, 2010)

Journal articles

  • Stanley NK, ‘Contentious Planning Disputes: An Insoluble Problem?’, Journal of Planning and Environment Law 2000, 1226-1239

  • Stanley NK, ‘The Empress Decision and Causing Water Pollution: A New Approach to Section 85(1) Water Resources Act 1991 Strict Liability’, Water Law 1999, 37-45

  • Stanley NK, ‘Public Concern: The Decision-makers' Dilemma’, Journal of Planning and Environment Law 1998, 919-934

  • Stanley NK, ‘Curtilage: A Pernicious Lack of Certainty’, Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 1996, 352-365

Media Contact Areas

I am willing for the media to contact me regarding the following issues.

  • Environmental law - pollution control, planning law (including the built heritage), nature conservation
  • Torts
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Emergency planning/disasters
  • Risk and legal processes

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