Mr Philip G. Cowburn

Job: Senior Lecturer in Law

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4600



Personal profile

Philip graduated from the University of Derby in 2018 with First Class Honours in Law and then completed his LL.M. at Nottingham Trent University whilst studying for the Bar. Philip was Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 2020.

Philip began teaching in Higher Education in 2018. Prior to his current contract with DMU, Philip was a Tutor at the University of Law's Nottingham Campus, and, previous to that, was an Associate Lecturer with DMU. He previously practiced as an Advanced County Court Advocate for a highly regarded solicitors firm, and maintains his ties to practice through consultancy work for the same firm.

Philip, until recently, served as a Justice of the Peace for England and Wales, and was a member of the Adult Panel, the Crown Court Panel, and, was also formerly a member of the Specialist Search Warrant Panel. By grant of the Lord Chancellor he is now listed on the Supplemental List of Justices held by the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery.

Philip is also a Disciplinary Commission Chairman for the Nottinghamshire Football Association.

Publications and outputs

Philip leads on internal and external advocacy training projects. He assists other professionals in developing their ability to understand and contribute to the court process. Recently, Philip has co-created the DMU Paramedic Courtroom Experience, this is due to be published as a novel approach to professional skills training in Pre-Hospital Education.

Philip is currently commissioned as the sole author of "A Straightforward Guide to Criminal Law" (Straightforward Publishing Co.). This text is due for publication, in it's first edition, in April 2023.

Philip also develops and delivers CPD training in reference to professional discipline and professional regulatory law & procedure, his CPD programmes generally focus on Healthcare and Veterinary Discipline and Fitness to Practise.

Philip was formerly an Editor for a Criminal Litigation & Evidence Textbook for Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) students.

Research interests/expertise

Philip is a Criminal and Professional Disciplinary specialist. His research areas and special interests include; General Criminal Law as well as HCPC, NMC & RCVS Professional Discipline & Fitness to Practice.

Areas of teaching

LLB Criminal Law  - Module Leader
LLM Expert Evidence  (DL)  -  Module Leader
LLM Coronial Law (DL)  - Module Leader
LLM International Arbitration  - Module Leader

Inter-Professional Legal Skills
Paramedic Leadership & Legal Practice
Introduction to Law

Deputy Programme Leader - LL.B. (Hons) in Law
Module Leader - LL.M. Alternative Dispute Resolution


LL.B. (Hons) - First Class Honours - University of Derby
BPTC - Very Competent - Nottingham Trent University
LL.M. - Distinction - Nottingham Trent University

Barrister of the Middle Temple
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals (F.Inst.Pa.)
Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management (MInstLM)
Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE)

Courses taught

LL.B. (Hons) in Law
LL.M. (various programmes)
BSc (Hons) in Paramedicine
BA (Hons) in Accounting (with Finance, Business Management, or, Economics)

Honours and awards

By grant of the Lord Chancellor, Philip was admitted to the Supplemental List of Justices held by the Clerk to the Crown in Chancery (2022) for Services as a Justice of the Peace for England and Wales (2017- 2022). He retains the 'JP' Honorific.

Membership of professional associations and societies

    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Association of Law Teachers
    • Society of Legal Scholars
    • UK Centre for Animal Law
    • British Association for Immediate Care (Associate)
    • British Veterinary Association (Associate)
    • British Veterinary Nursing Association (Associate)


DMU Advocacy Suite
Philip recently founded the DMU Advocacy Suite, and secured substantial investment in order to develop a facility which will enable students to benefit from first-class advocacy and legal skills training. The facility uses smart technology to allow students to engage in both 'in moment' and 'post event' reflection. 

Conference attendance

University of Law Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 | Philip's presentation surrounded the one-to-one student support process and how technology can improve student engagement and staff productivity.

Consultancy work

Consultant Advocate | Ashley Taylors Legal Ltd. (2018 - Present).

Philip is available for general consultancy work in his areas of expertise, Philip also develops and delivers professional CPD.

Current research students

Malcolm Tallis (for LL.M.): 'Would the United Kingdom benefit from an act of law for the ambulance and pre-hospital care services similar to the Policing and Crime Act 2017 and Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004?'

Simran Bahra (for LL.M.): 'Have recent changes in mental health legislation provided any positive gains for service users in England and Wales?'

Professional esteem indicators

External Examiner, Bournemouth University, covering the following modules;

  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Skills and Systems
  • Public International & International Criminal Law
  • Legal Research Project
  • Law of Trusts & Estates
  • Property Law

External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire, covering the following modules;

  • Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Advocacy
  • Trial Advocacy
  • White Collar Crime
  • Cybercrime
  • State Crime
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Law & Social Justice
  • Administrative Law
  • Land Law
  • The General Principles of EU Law