Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Keith Patten

Lecturer in Law



LL.B (Leeds); M.Phil (Newcastle)


I graduated in law from Leeds University in 1982. I qualified as a solicitor in 1985. From 1987 I worked at the Newcastle office of Thompsons, the national trade union and employment rights practice, specialising in work related accident and disease claims.

In 2003 I was awarded an M. Phil from Newcastle University. From 2002 I combined working in practice with part time teaching at Newcastle Law School, until 2014 when I became a full time member of academic staff.  



 I have taught on the tort module for over 12 years. 

 I am module leader for the Employment Law module. 

 I have also taught on the contract and medicine & the law modules in the past. 

 In 2015 I was shortlisted for a Newcastle Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award.



My main research interests lie in the field of tort law, in particular ideas of enterprise liability and compensation systems.

I am also interested in the relationship between procedural and substantive law, particuarly in the area of limitation periods.