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Professor Keith Stanton

Professor Keith Stanton

Professor Keith Stanton
BA, B.C.L (Oxon)

Emeritus Professor

Senior Associate Teacher

Office 2.20
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 954 5307


Tort; Contract; Banking Law; Professional Negligence


Keith Stanton studied law at Oxford and has taught at Bristol since 1973. He was appointed Professor of Law in 1994.  He was Head of the Department of Law from 1992 to 1997 and of the School of Law from 2005 to 2009.  He has served on the Executive Committees of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools and the Society of Legal Scholars.  He was President of the Society of Legal Scholars in 2011/12.
His main research interests lie in the Law of Tort, particularly in relation to professional and statutory liabilities, and in Banking Law.  His current research on the law of tort considers judicial methodology in tort cases, reform of the personal injury litigation system and political aspects of tort reform.  On banking law he is currently researching the regulation of the banking and finance industry by the Financial Conduct Authority. 
Keith's major publications are: Dugdale & Stanton on Professional Negligence (1981, 1989, 1998); Breach of Statutory Duty in Tort (1986); the Modern Law of Tort (1994) and Statutory Torts (2003).  He has contributed chapters to the 10th edition of Fleming on Torts (2011) and on Financial Services and Regulation to the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on EU tort law.  He is co-editor of The Common Law World Review and a member of the editorial boards of The Tort Law Review and The Journal of Professional Negligence (of which he was formerly co-editor).

He is not currently accepting new research students. 

Recent Publications 

  • Comparative law in the House of Lords and Supreme Court. (2013) 42 Common Law World Review, 269-296.
  • Use of scholarship by the House of Lords in tort cases Chapter 10 (pp.201-226) of From House of Lords to Supreme Court edited by James Lee, 2011.

  • Legislating for economic loss Chapter 13 (pp 269-283) of Tort Law and the Legislature edited by TT Arvind & J Steele, 2012.

  • Decision-making in the tort of negligence in the House of Lords (2007) 15 Tort Law Review 93-106

  • The neighbour principle in the 21st century: Yesterday's revolution (2012) 20 Tort Law Review 61-76

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system


Professor Stanton currently teaches 4 courses:

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