Dr Craig Purshouse


I joined the School of Law at the University of Leeds in September 2018 from the University of Liverpool where I was a Lecturer in Law. I am a graduate of the University of Sheffield (LLB) and the University of Manchester (MA, PhD) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

My research interests are in tort law, medical law and private law theory. My doctoral research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and considered whether 'lost autonomy' should be recognised as a new form of actionable damage in negligence.

My publications have been cited by the Court of Appeal of Singapore in ACB v Thomson Medical Pte Ltd [2017] SGCA 20 at [51], [118] and [120] per Andrew Phang JA and by Lord Reed in the UK Supreme Court in Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [2018] UKSC 4 at [43] (as amended).

In 2018 I joined the editorial board of the Medical Law Review.

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  • PhD, University of Manchester
  • MA in Healthcare Ethics and Law (with distinction), University of Manchester
  • LLB Law (1st class), University of Sheffield

Student education

I teach Torts and Health Care Law.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice