Sharon McAvoy


Sharon McAvoy is a Senior Lecturer in Law with the module leader responsibilities for Child Law, Public Law and Lawyers’ Skills. Sharon previously worked in industry on projects for UK Military, Police and Civil Responders, before working in civil law as a Litigation Fee Earner. Sharon has researched the use of short-term custodial sentencing in England and Wales; the departure test, as set out in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009; theories of punishment; and the principle of proportionate sentencing. Sharon’s other research interest is in the area of child and family law. She has published one of the first papers which deals with the question of whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 is fit to cater with ongoing developments in reproductive science, and in particular, that the UK is set to become the first country to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people.


  • LLB (Hons) Law (1st Class), Edge Hill University, 2011
  • LLM by Research, Edge Hill University, 2013
  • PgCert
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Programme Leader LLB (Hons)
  • Year 3 Leader
  • LLM by Research Supervisor
  • LAW1002 Public Law 1
  • LAW1004 Public Law 2
  • LAW2007 Public Law 1
  • LAW2008 Public Law 2
  • LAW1003 Contract Law
  • LAW1006 Lawyers’ Skills
  • LAW2005 Land Law
  • LAW2006 Advanced Lawyers’ Skills
  • LAW3032 Child Law
  • LAW3037 Family Law
  • LAW1003  Contract Law

Research Interests

  • Criminal Law and Sentencing
  • Family Law
  • Child Law


  • McAvoy, S., ‘Modern Family: Parenthood’ (2013) 43 Family Law 1421-1426
  • 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