Dr Keith Puttick

After graduating from Birmingham University, call to the Bar (Middle Temple), and legal work in London, I was appointed a Senior Lecturer in Law in 1984. Since then most of my lecturing and research has been in the areas of Public Law, Company/Commercial Law and Industrial Law.

Apart from teaching on undergraduate programmes, and LLM and MPhil/PhD supervision, I undertake course development and quality assurance work for the Law professional bodies, namely the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) - primarily as a member of Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), CPE/GDL, and LLB validation and revalidation panels.

I am a Professional Skills Course assessor for the SRA (Advocacy and Communications) and a BSB external examiner for the BPTC (responsible for Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Family Law and Conferencing Skills). I have been an external examiner for other universities' LLB, LLM, and CPE/GDL courses since 1988, and was appointed External Examiner and Moderator for Law for the University of Wales in 2012.

I have been a Visiting Lecturer and Fellow at UMIST, University of Manchester (1996-2002), and Visiting Professor at the University of Idaho in 2003. I was promoted to the university's professoriate in 2013.

I have been the Director of the Institute of Industrial Law (IILS), one of the Law School's three research centres, since 1996.

Practice areas


  • Industrial Law Society
  • Institute of Social Security Law
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Association of Law Teachers
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • European Institute of Social Security


  • LLB (Hons) (Birm)
  • MA (Distinction)
  • PhD
  • PG Dip Ed (HE)
  • Cert Ed (HE)

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