Portsmouth Law School


Ms Claire Sparrow

  • Qualifications: Open University - PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; University of St Andrews - MA (Hons) English Language and Literature; Middle Temple - Barrister
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth P01 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844053
  • Email: claire.sparrow@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth Law School
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


I lecture in the areas of Evidence and Contract Law and in the past have taught advocacy and other legal skills on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).  While teaching on the BPTC, I have also gained accreditation from the Inns Advocacy Training Committee as an Advocacy Trainer.  I am an External Examiner in Criminal Advocacy, Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing, Professional Ethics and Advanced Criminal Law on the BPTC at the University of the West of England (UWE).

Before coming to teaching, I was a barrister in independent practice for seven years, specialising mainly in criminal practice.  I maintain a door tenancy at Pallant Chambers in Chichester.

I use my experience as a lawyer to bring practical legal skills into the classroom so that students can see how the law operates in the ‘real world’.  

I am currently the Undergraduate Law Programmes Course Director.

Teaching Responsibilities

I lecture in the areas of Evidence and Contract Law.


My research interests reflect this as I have given conference papers and published on clinical legal education and the scholarship of teaching.  I am also a contributor to the Bar Professional Training Course Manual on Professional Ethics. 

I am also a member of the Business School’s Business Education Research Group (BERG) as well as an Associate Member of Lancaster University’s HERE (Higher Education Research and Evaluation) Centre.  I have recently given a conference paper on the role of self-evaluation by academics in Higher Education and am currently researching how academic research and teaching activities interact with each other and affect academic practice.


Research profile

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