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About Ruth Sutton

Ruth is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Barrister-at-Law. She began working at the University of Chester in April 2016, and took on the position as Acting Head of Department in September 2016. Prior to joining the school, Ruth worked at the Manchester Metropolitan University for 16 years, most recently as a Principal Lecturer in Law and Programme Director of the Graduate Diploma in Law and Hong Kong Programmes. She had previously been the Advocacy subject leader on the BPTC (then BVC).

Ruth has taught Criminal Law and Family Law and practical legal skills for most of her HE career, with a particular focus on issues of familial violence.

Before working in higher education, Ruth practised on the Northern Circuit for 8 years and worked as a solicitor in Sydney NSW, Australia specialising in family and children law.  Notable appearances include acting in the Court of Appeal for the father of L in Re L, V H and M [2000] EWCA Civ 194.

Ruth is also a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.


Criminal Law
Family Law
The Law of Evidence


Ruth is currently studying for doctorate in Education (EdD), with a completion date anticipated in 2021.


SFHEA; LLB (Hons) (Manchester); LLM (Warwick); Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple 1994), Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales; Mediator (ADRgroup), ILM level 5 in Leadership and Management.