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Mr Alan Wilson

Principal Lecturer and Quality Leader

Business and Law

    Alan is an experienced academic who has been responsible for the design and delivery of many law modules and programmes. He is a former course director and Leader in Learning and Teaching. As Quality Leader for the School of Business and Law, he is chair of the school quality standing committee and leads on the annual review process and the validation of new programmes. Alan has taught for many years and specialises in contract law, consumer law and EU law.

    After qualifying as a barrister, Alan worked as a lawyer for the Consumers' Association where he became Deputy Head of the Legal Department under David Tench. He led a team of lawyers and campaigned for changes in the law on sale of goods rights and exemption clauses in consumer contracts. Alan has written widely on consumer law for Which? and other journals and whilst at the Consumers' Association he appeared regularly on radio and television. He organised and delivered training courses on consumer law for the Institute of Consumer Advisors and local authorities. He has also contributed legal advice as a journalist in the Guardian, Financial Times and the Observer. For many years he had a column on the Guardian website entitled "Ask Alan".

    Alan is a non-practising Barrister and a member of Gray's Inn. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and the Association of Law Teachers.

    Alan is a member of the Renewable Energy Association's Consumer Code Non-Compliance and Appeals Panels.



    Remedies for faulty goods: less would be more Mar/Apr 2007 Consumer Policy Review Vol 17 No. 2 p.52

    Updated Chapter The EU Dimension in Lowe and Woodroffe, Consumer Law, Sweet & Maxwell 1999

    Faulty Goods/Faulty Law, July/August 1995, Consumer Policy Review, Col.5 No.4

    EU Law Protecting the Rights of the Consumer Jan/Feb 1996 Consumer Policy Review Vol.6 No. 1 p.22

    EU Law Compensating Consumers (with R MacArthur) July/August 1996 Consumer Policy Review Vol.6 No.4 p.145

    Unfair Contract Terms CA's Challenge March/April 1997 Consumer Policy Review Vol.7 No.2 p.47

    Sale of Goods in the Course of a Business "Is the tail wagging the dog?" 1999 Consumer Policy Review Vol.9 No.6 p220


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    Contract Law

    EU Law