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Dr Daniel Newman

Dr Daniel Newman

Reader in Law

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


I am a Reader 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.

My books have included Legal Aid Lawyers and the Quest for Justice (Hart, 2013), Justice in a Time of Austerity (Bristol University Press, 2021) with Jon Robins, and Experiences of Criminal Justice (Bristol University Press, 2022) with Roxanna Dehaghani. I am currently writing Legal Aid and the Future of Access to Justice (Hart, 2023) with Jacqueline Kinghan, Jess Mant and Catrina Denvir.

I edited Leading Works in Law and Social Justice (Routledge, 2021) with Faith Gordon, and am currently editing Leading Works on the Legal Profession (Routledge, 2023), Access to Justice in Rural Communities (Routledge, 2023) with Faith Gordon, and Law and Humanities (Anthem, 2023) with Russell Sandberg.

Ihave published two dozen peer reviewed academic journal articles. This includes leading generalist journals such as Legal Studies and Modern Law Review, and leading specialist journals such as International Journal of the Legal Profession.

I edit the book series, Perspectives on Law and Access to Justice, for Bristol University Press with Jess Mant. This is the first book series on access to justice and the first title will be released in 2024.

Most recently, I have been working on the Legal Aid Census with Catrina Denvir, Jacqueline Kinghan, Jess Mant and Sasha Aristotle; the largest survey of legal aid lawyers ever conducted in England and Wales. This will soon be released by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group.

I am also working a project looking at blended delivery in the advice sector with Jess Mant. We have been funded by the Access to Justice Foundation.

My work on access to justice has been cited in the UK and Welsh parliaments. I have appeared as an expert on access to justice on TV and radio and in newspapers.

I am on the international board of International Journal of the Legal Profession. I act as a reviewer for journals and book publishers.

I am pathway lead for the ESRC Wales DTP Empirical Pathways in Law. I am the pathway lead for Law on the Social Science Research Methods Master's.

From 2023-2025, I am PI on a British Academy/Leverhulme-funded projected called, The Profession and the Pandemic: Legal Aid Lawyers in the Era of Austerity and COVID-19. I am working on this project with Jess Mant and Emma Cooke.

I am also a member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel from 2022 to 2025. Here I am working on furthering the interests of legal service users.



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. I also teach on Sociology of Law.

I have previously taught on Criminal Law and Jurisprudence.

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;

evaluating the impact of LASPO on social welfare law;

considering how rural areas are damaged by reduced spending on justice through the growth of advice deserts;

the experiences of legal aid lawyers in the Legal Aid Census, and;

understanding the use of blended delivery in the advice sector.

I have published books with Bristol University Press, Edward Elgar and Hart. 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 UK and Welsh parliaments.


I supervise four PhD students, looking at criminal justice in England and Wales and Germany, approaches to child labour, access to justice in Wales, and legal advice deserts in north Wales. I have previously supervised PhDs looking at technology and the legal profession, and sustainable transport in Ethiopia.

I am happy to supervise postgraduate students working on access to justice, criminal justice or other socio-legal projects. In my role as pathway lead for ESRC Wales DTP Empirical Studies in Law, I am always willing to speak with potential applicants about their projects.

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