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Mr Fred Motson

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Professional biography

Having gained a first in Law with Politics from Buckingham and the Edgar Palamountain Award for the student graduating with the highest marks across the University, Fred went on to win the College of Law BVC Negotiation Competition, come second in the CEDR National Negotiation Competition and be a finalist in the Gray’s Inn Debating Competition. While called to the Bar in 2008, Fred chose to pursue a career in academia and from 2008 – 2016 Fred worked at the University of Westminster, latterly as a senior lecturer.

After leaving London to start a family, Fred combined a wide array of teaching and assessment-focused roles including lecturing at the University of Buckingham, working for Kaplan Open Learning at the University of Essex, for BPP University on their LPC and LLB programmes and working as Partnership Curriculum Leader for Law at the University of Northampton.

He also maintained strong links to the profession in providing CPD for legal professionals through Central Law Training and continues to combine his Open University role with involvement as a marking team leader for the Bar Standards Board and a Chief Examiner and Reviewer for The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Fred has written academic texts on, inter alia, contract law, advocacy, negotiation and the law of tort.

Research interests

Fred is currently looking to develop his research output and has a number of articles awaiting publication, including articles focused on vicarious liability in tort and the legal status of meteorites as a matter of the law of property.

Fred has a particular interest in Sports Law and is hoping to commence PhD study in 2021 with a focus on the use of technology in sports officiating. 

Teaching interests

In his career to date, Fred has taught all of the "core" LLB subjects and has been involved in designing and leading modules in most of these areas. He has also taught across a range of qualifications from level 3 (i.e. "A" Level) to level 7 (i.e. postgraduate and professional study), including legal qualifications such as the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course Masters and in cross-disciplinary programmes in International Relations, Diplomacy and socio-legal studies.