Robert Collinson, Solicitor


Robert Collinson is a Solicitor and is the Director of the Law Clinic, which provides free legal advice to members of the public. He has Module Leader responsibility for Company Law, Equity and Trusts, Tax Law and the Law Clinic Experience Module. He also has lead responsibility for Law Careers and Employability.

Educated at Lancaster University, Balliol College, Oxford and The College of Law, Chester, his background is as a legal practitioner, spending the first seven years of his career in full time commercial practice with Addleshaw, Sons & Latham (now Addleshaw Goddard) in Manchester. He maintains his interest and involvement in legal practice through his role as a Non-Executive Director of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, to which he was appointed on the basis of his legal qualifications and experience. This position involves him in regularly providing advice to the Board of Directors on a wide range of practical legal issues. He also has a judicial role as a Chairman of Fitness to Practise Hearings for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

He serves as an External Examiner for the Legal Practice Course and Exempting Law Degree at Huddersfield University and at the University of Central Lancashire.

He is a Member of the Law Society and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • LLB (Hons), Lancaster University, 1984
  • BCL, Balliol College Oxford, 1985
  • Solicitors’ Final Examination, The College of Law, Chester, 1986
  • Qualified as a Solicitor, England and Wales, 1988


  • LAW2202/3216 Equity and Trusts
  • LAW3033 Company Law
  • LAW3050 Tax Law
  • LAW3044 Law Clinic Experience Module

Research Interests

  • The relationship between the study of law and the practice of law


  • Collinson, R., Diver, A. & McAvoy, S., ‘Clients, clinics and social justice: Reducing inequality (and embedding legal ethics) via an LLB portfolio pathway’, (2018) 8 Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning 3