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Dr Daniel Newman

Dr Daniel Newman

Senior Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 4049
1.11, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff and have been at the School of Law and Politics since 2015. I have expertise on access to justice, legal aid and the legal profession, across criminal justice and social welfare law.

I have made many media appearances to comment on the justice system and other legal issues on both television and radio, including BBC and ITV. I have been quoted in a range of UK newspapers such as the Guardian, Times and Independent as well as specialist law and justice magazines and websites. I am happy to provide media commentary on access to justice matters, especially related to austerity and the impact of cuts.



January 2019-present – Senior Lecturer, Cardiff Law School.

August 2015-December 2018 – Lecturer, Cardiff Law School.

August 2013-July 2015 – Research Assistant, Cardiff University Sustainable Places Research Institute.

August 2011-July 2013 – Research Assistant, Cardiff Business School.

June 2011-August 2011 – Research Assistant, University of Bristol School of Law.


2007-2011 PhD Socio-Legal Studies, University of Bristol.

2006-2007 MSc Socio-Legal Studies, University of Bristol.

2005-2006 MSc Social Research Methods, University of Bristol.

2004-2005 MSc Social and Cultural Theory, University of Bristol.

2001-2004 BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Bristol.














I am currently co-leader of the undergraduate modules Global Problems and Legal Theory, and Crime, Law and Society, as well as the postgraduate module, Themes in Socio-Legal Studies.

My research focuses on access to justice. My projects have included looking at the impact of austerity on the advice sector, exploring how criminal legal aid cuts effect the lawyer-client relationship under criminal legal aid, the impact of LASPO on social welfare law and considering how rural areas are damaged by reduced spending on justice through the growth of advice deserts. I have published in a range of generalist and specialist journals such as Legal Studies, Modern Law Review and the International Journal of the Legal Profession. My research has been cited in the House of Commons and in the Commission on Justice in Wales.

In 2013, my first book was published by Hart, Legal Aid Lawyers and the Quest for Justice. 2021 has seen the release of further books, one published by Bristol University Press called Justice in a Time of Austerity (with Jon Robins), another published by Edward Elgar called Sustainable Consumption, Production and Supply Chain Management (with Paul Nieuwenhuis and Anne Touboulic). In 2021, Routledge has published my edited collection with Faith Gordon, titled Leading Works in Law and Social Justice. I am currently working on a book about criminal justice in Wales with Roxanna Dehaghani for Bristol University Press and editinga book called Leading Works on the Legal Profession for Routledge.


I supervise 5 PhD students, looking at technology and the legal profession, criminal justice in England and Wales and Germany, child labour, access to justice in Wales, and sustainable transport in Ethiopia. I am happy to supervise postgraduate students working on access to justice, criminal justice or other socio-legal projects.

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