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Mr Bernard Davis

  • Qualifications: LLB LLM
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844087
  • Email: bernard.davis@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth Law School
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


I obtained an LL.B. from the University of Birmingham and an LL.M. from the University of Portsmouth. I was called to the Bar in 1982 and practised as a Barrister in the Royal Navy until 2009, specialising in criminal and employment law. Starting with a mixed practice of prosecution and defence work, I eventually focused on prosecution work and then became the Royal Navy’s chief prosecutor. I was awarded an OBE in 2002 partly in recognition of the legal work I had undertaken. I have extensive judicial experience at courts-martial and sat as a part-time District Judge in the London criminal courts for four years. I joined the School of Law at Portsmouth in 2009 and in 2013 was awarded the prize for the Lecturer who has made the most positive impact on students.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the Unit Coordinator for the Advocacy Practice and Theory and  Equality/Human Rights courses; I also act as a personal tutor, dissertation and PhD supervisor.  In addition I support employability initiatives, especially those relating to those with aspirations to the Bar, and work with the Student Law Society in developing an external mooting team and other events which broaden students' experience. 


My main interests are criminal law, human rights.  I am particularly interested in issues relating to the teaching and practice of trial advocacy.


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