Mr Philip 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.
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. He is also a Disciplinary Commissioner for the Nottinghamshire Football Association.

Publications and outputs

Philip assists on internal and external advocacy training projects. He assists other professionals in developing their ability to understand and contribute to the court process.

Philip is currently commissioned as the sole author of "A Straightforward Guide to Criminal Law" (Straightfoward 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.

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 Regulatory specialist. His research areas and special interests include; General Criminal Law, Coronial Law as well as HCPC & RCVS Professional Discipline & Fitness to Practice.

Areas of teaching

Deputy Programme Leader - LLB Law (M100)
LLB Pathway Leader - Crime and Criminal Justice

LLB Criminal Law - Module Leader
LLM Expert Evidence - Module Leader
LLM Alternative Dispute Resolution - Co-Module Leader
Inter-Professional Legal Skills
Paramedic Leadership & Legal Practice
Introduction to Law

Faculty Mooting & Advocacy Lead
Academic & Legal Skills Lead


LL.B. (Hons) - First Class Honours - University of Derby - 2018
BPTC - Very Competent - Nottingham Trent University - 2020
LL.M. - Distinction - Nottingham Trent University - 2020

Courses taught

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

Membership of professional associations and societies

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)
Member of;

  • 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)

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.