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About Philip Hunter

Philip Hunter joined NCH in 2017 as a Lecturer in Law.  Philip started his legal training in 1980 at Hull University, completing a law degree in 1983. He completed his Law society finals at Nottingham Trent University in 1984. Philip took his articles at Cartwrights solicitors located in Bristol and Cardiff and qualified as a solicitor in 1986 remaining with the firm until 1988. He then joined Blunts solicitors as an equity partner to set up their new Birmingham office and remained an equity partner until 2000.

Philip gained a postgraduate diploma in tourism management in 2000 and decided to move into academia.  He completed his PGCE in 2002 and started teaching during that year at the University of Huddersfield as a senior lecturer. This was followed by a move to the University of Chester in 2005 to set up the new law school and Philip became deputy head in 2005 and head of the Law School in 2012.  Philip is a member of The Law Society and The Association of Law Teachers.



PGCE, Bolton University (2002)

PgDip Tourism Management, Manchester Metropolitan University (2001)

Law Society Finals, Nottingham Trent University (1984)

LLB, Hull University (1983)


Professional Affiliations

The Law Society

Association of Law Teachers


External Examiner Appointments

Nottingham Trent University – External Examiner for LLB and LLM programmes (2018-2022)

University of Central Lancashire – External Examiner (2019-2023)


Philip Hunter's Research

Philip’s areas of interest in research lie in Company Law and Employment Law. His main published work has been a study of student experience and expectation. This work was disseminated by way of conference papers and publication through the HEA.


Dutton, K., Broad, C. and Hunter, P.  ‘Great Expectations: Managing Student Expectations and Enhancing Engagement with Undergraduate Study’ A poster presentation at the annual conference of the Society of Legal Scholars, Bristol. (2012)

Dutton, K., Broad, C. and Hunter, P. ‘Targeing Induction and Programme Activities to Manage Student Expectation and Enhance Engagment’, pp. 32-36 in Andrews, J., Clarke, R. and Thomas, L. (Eds) Compendium of Effective Practice in Higher Education: Retention and Success, Birmingham; Higher Education Academy/Aston University. (2012)

Dutton, K., Broad, C. and Hunter, P.  ‘Great Expectations: Managing Student Expectations and Enhancing Engagement with Undergraduate Study’ a Higher Education Academy workshop organised and held at the University of Chester. (2012)

Dutton, K., Broad, C. and Hunter, P. “The ‘Expectation Reality’ Gap and Undergraduate Law Student Experiences: Research Findings”. Paper presented at Great Expectation: Managing Student Expectations and Enhancing Engagement with Undergraduate Study, a Higher Education Academy workshop held at the University of Chester. (May 2012)

Dutton, K., Broad, C. and Hunter, P. Managing the Expectation Reality Gap: Assisting Transition to HE and engaging Undergraduate law students Paper delivered to the HEA national Conference: What works: Student Retention and Success, York. (2012)

Dutton, K., Hunter, P. and Broad, C.  ‘Expectations of Higher Education Study and Impacts’, a workshop presented as part of the Learning Teaching Institute seminar series. (2012)

Dutton, K., Hunter, P. and Broad, C. ‘Responding to Expectation? An Examination of Student Expectation and Subsequent Experience of Undergraduate Study’, paper presented at the University of Chester Staff Conference. (2009)

Dutton, K., and Hunter, P. Reflections of Student Expectation and Motivation A research workshop presented at the ALT conference ‘Managing Law Students Expectations, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. (November 2008)

Hunter, P. and Dutton, K. Responding to Expectation? A research workshop at the University of Chester Staff Conference, Chester. (May 2008)

Dutton, K. and Hunter, P. Responding to Expectation? A research workshop given at the Learning in Law Annual Conference, University of Warwick. (January 2008)

Dutton, K. and Hunter, P. Responding to Expectation? Poster presented at the Learning in Law Annual Conference, University of Warwick. (January 2008)


Philip Hunter's Teaching

Philip was a Visiting lecturer at a number of institutions between 2001 and 2002 whilst completing his PGCE. This was mainly HE teaching at MMU and Blackburn College of HE. He also undertook FE teaching at Trafford College and some A Level Law teaching at Cardinal Newman College in Preston.

Whilst Senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, he taught mainly on the legal practice course on Business Law and Practice and Litigation. He led the administration of estates module and taught employment law, legal skills and contract law on the undergraduate course and Employment law to MBA students. (2002)

At the University of Chester, Philip led the English Legal System module, Legal Skills, Employment Law and Company Law. He taught at various times on the contract law module as well as the University wide Work based learning programme and he led the law school law experiential module. At postgraduate level, he taught and led the advance advocacy module. (2005)

In 2012 Philip was nominated for the National award: Law Teacher of the Year. He was one of the six finalists that year. Nominations had to come from students and colleagues. The comments made by colleagues stated that one of the main strengths shown was the support given to students pastorally and developmentally. One student stated “What makes Phil unique is his generosity, his enthusiasm and his ability and willingness to listen and solve any problem you may have, whilst pushing every student to reach their potential.”

He was an external examiner at Middlesex University, Anglia Ruskin University and Bradford College of Higher Education (2005-2015) as well as an external committee member on validation panels at Blackburn College of Higher Education and Bedfordshire University.

Course Development

As Head of the Law School at Chester, Philip took responsibility for aspects of re-validation of the law programmes. During his time in post there were three undergraduate validation events. He also re-designed modules including review of assessment during his time in post. He was also responsible for developing the LLM in contemporary legal studies programme which was validated in 2011/12.

Philip chaired numerous validation panels for other subject areas during his time at Chester and sat as an external panel member on validations at other universities.

Professional Activity

During his career in practice Philip appeared in Employment Tribunals, the County Court and High Court. He represented various types of business from Plc’s through to small partnerships and sole trader businesses. He was involved in two cases which went to the Court of Appeal WW Greener (Sporting Guns) Ltd v  D L Thomas [1997] EWCA Civ. 2250 and E T Pritchard v Peter Cook RED Ltd [1998] EWCA Civ. 900. In the early part of his career he was privileged to be able to support the partner at Cartwrights solicitors who represented one of the striking miners who was prosecuted for murder during the miners strike. On conviction for murder the case was appealed and went to the House of Lords where the sentence was reduced to one of manslaughter ( R v Hancock and Shankland [1985] UKHL 9).


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