School of Law

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Professor Nick Taylor

Director of Student Education

I joined the School in 1993 and since then I have sought to develop my teaching around my research interests in criminal procedure, surveillance and privacy.

I have held a number of posts within the school, including LLB programme manager and that of Widening Participation Coordinator during which time I initiated the School’s very successful externally-funded Pathways to Law project.

For the period 2008-12, I was the School’s Director of Learning and Teaching responsible for the successful development of student education and the student experience across all taught programmes, success that was reflected in continuous improvement in NSS feedback. In 2015 I returned to the position of Director of Student Education and oversee the School’s very successful relationship with the student body – the second placed Russell Group Law School in the NSS.

I have played a prominent senior management role in the development and delivery of the School’s very successful strategy for many years.

Research Interests

I have research interests in the areas of legal education, criminal procedure, privacy and surveillance.

I have written about the regulation of different forms of state surveillance; the criminal appeals process and have carried out research for the Ministry of Justice on docketing in civil courts. I am currently working on issues related to contempt of court.


My teaching interests are linked to my research interests and include teaching and managing the compulsory core course on the English legal system.

I also teach on the elective modules in privacy and free speech, aspects of the law of evidence, media law, and European human rights.

PhD Supervision

I am eager to supervise research students who have interests linked to my areas of research expertise.

In a very broad sense this encompasses areas of criminal procedure and privacy and the regulation of new technologies.

Key Publications


Bailey, S. and Taylor, N. (2009) Civil Liberties Cases, Materials and Commentary (6th ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bailey, S., Ching, J. and Taylor, N. (2007) The Modern English Legal System (5th ed.), Sweet & Maxwell.

Chapters in Books

Taylor, N. (2010) ‘Publications interfering with the course of justice in particular proceedings’, in Borrie and Lowe’s Law of Contempt, I.G Cram (LexisNexis, 2010).

Journal Articles

Cram, I. and Taylor, N., (2013) ‘The Law Commission’s Contempt Proposals – Getting the Balance Right’, Criminal Law Review (forthcoming)

Taylor, N. and Fitzpatrick, B. (2012) ‘Docketing-Lite: an analysis of a process of assigning multi track cases to individual judges’, (2012) 31 Civil Justice Quarterly 430.

Taylor, N., (2011) ‘A Conceptual Legal Framework for Privacy, Accountability and Transparency in Visual Surveillance Systems’, 8(4) Surveillance and Society 455 (2011). 

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to talk to the media on the identification and rectification of miscarriages of justice, the regulation of surveillance, and issues relating to contempt of court.

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