Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Law School staff


Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Law. As part of Mark’s role, he is the Course Leader for Business Law and acts as Module Leader for a number of undergraduate and post-graduate subjects. In addition, Mark acts as a personal and academic tutor for a group of first year students as well as a work placement supervisor for students on the LLB (Hons) Law (Sandwich) course.

Mark supervises Independent Research Projects at both LLB and GDL level, with a particular interest in topics related to criminal law and evidence.  He is a member of the Centre for Advocacy, Centre for Rights and Justice and the Centre of Legal Education. Mark is the Module Leader for Mooting and is the staff member responsible for mooting as an extra-curricular activity within the university. Mark is also responsible for the development of new and innovative modules in the Law School.

Career overview

Mark previously studied as an Undergraduate at the University Of Sheffield, School of Law. He then proceeded to study the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Nottingham Law School in 2013, graduating in 2014. He was called to the Bar in 2014 by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

In 2014 he became a Guest Lecturer at the University Of Sheffield in Criminal Law and Criminal Evidence, before formally joining the Law School as a Teaching Associate in 2015.

Whilst at the University of Sheffield, Mark acted as Mooting Coordinator and played a large role in the student led society, “The Ed Bram Society”.

Mark joined Nottingham Law School in 2016.

Research areas

Mark’s main research interests are focused in the areas of:

  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Criminal and Civil Procedure
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Family Law


Jonathan Doak, Claire McGourlay & Mark Thomas, Evidence: Law and Context (5th edn, Routledge 2018).

Mark Thomas & Claire McGourlay, English Legal Systems Concentrate (OUP 2017).

Mark Thomas, Criminal Law (H&S 2018) upcoming.

Journal Articles:

Mark Thomas, 'Defenceless Castles: The Use of Grossly Disproportionate Force by Householders in Light of R (Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice', (2016) 80(6) J Crim L 407.

Conference Papers:
Claire McGourlay, Richard Kirkham, Mark Thomas & James Cairns, 'Encouraging Creativity Through Curriculum Review' (Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Conference, Newcastle March 2016).

Press expertise

  • criminal law
  • criminal procedure and litigation
  • law of evidence
  • the English legal system
  • law of coroners (Coronial Law)
  • defendant's rights at trial