Biography

Laura joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in January 2016. She holds an LLB (Hons) (2006) and an LLM in Human Rights Law (2007) from the University of Nottingham, a PGDip (2012) in Education Studies from Bangor University, and a PhD (2016) in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence from the University of Manchester. Her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Making Health and Welfare Decisions in Old Age: Challenging the Adequacy of Law and Theory’ explored different theoretical approaches to the law concerning health and welfare decision-making by older adults, and was awarded the University of ManchesterFaculty of Humanities Award for Distinguished Achievement.

Prior to joining Keele, Laura was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester, where she taught Legal Methods and Systems, Tort Law, Criminal Law and Principles of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. She also undertook research assistant work on clinical negligence and medical malpractice, as well as co-developing an Open Access pilot project. She has also worked as a part-time tutor in Law in the School of Lifelong Learning, Bangor University, where she taught Law for Non-Lawyers, and Introduction to Human Rights Law.

Alongside her role at Keele, Laura is also an associate for Research in Practice, an organization which develops a range of resources and learning opportunities, as well as delivering tailored services, expertise and training in the fields of social care. She regularly drafts Case Law and Legal Summaries in the areas of mental capacity law, social care, and mental health law, and has recently been commissioned to draft practice guidance on the use of the Inherent Jurisdiction in relation to adults.

Research and scholarship

Laura’s research focuses primarily on mental disability law, adult safeguarding, and the legal framework around social care provision for adults, and her expertise lies predominantly in the application of these areas of law for older adults. She has experience in working with a range of external and professional stakeholders to undertake and disseminate research. In 2019 she was successfully awarded funding from the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion for a one-day conference entitled ‘Dementia, Disability, and Human Rights’, which was attended by over 100 delegates drawn from professional practice and academia both locally and nationally. She has also worked with VOICES of Stoke, a local charity, to develop a toolkit which assists individuals understand and navigate the adult safeguarding system and process.

Laura is also currently a supervisor for an ESRC CASE 1+3 PhD Studentship, with Professor Alison Brammer, Dr Eva Luksaite, and VOICES of Stoke, which is entitled “Assessing the impact of the VOICES Care Act Toolkit on needs assessments for people experiencing Multiple Exclusion Homelessness.”The funding for the project was successfully awarded to the supervisory team by the ESRC NWSSDTP.

Laura is happy to supervise PhD students in the field of mental disability law, adult social care law, and adult safeguarding.

Teaching

Laura is currently programme director for the MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy, and Practice. She also teaches across a range of PGT courses including the MA Medical Ethics and Law, and the MA Social Work programme.

At undergraduate level, she teaches on Tort Law, Healthcare Law, and Mental Health Law, as well as on the BA Social Work programme.

Laura is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Further information

Selected conference and workshop papers:

  • “The Inherent Jurisdiction”, British Association of Social Work, Staffordshire Branch, March 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)
  • “Legal Literacy: Working Positively with Risk”, with Professor Alison Brammer, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Adults Board annual conference, November 2019
  • “Exploring the Potential and the Pitfalls of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and General Comment No.1 for People with Dementia”, OñatI International Institute for the Sociology of Law, July 2019
  • “Unspoken and Unthinkable: The Older Disabled Body in Judicial Discourse”, Gendering Mental Health and Capacity Law Workshop, University College Cork, March 2019
  • “Dementia and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Charles University, Prague, July 2017
  • Dignity, Rights, and Resources”, ESRC Seminar, Keele University, February 2017
  • ”This Man with Dementia”’ – Othering the Person with Dementia in the Court of Protection, SLSA Conference, University of Lancaster, April 2016

She is also a member of the following organisations:

·       Socio-Legal Studies Association

·       Society of Legal Scholars

·       Social Work Law Association

 

Selected Publications

  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Unspoken and unthinkable: The older disabled body in judicial discourse. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, vol. 68, 101525. doi> link> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. The Care Act 2014 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Learning Lessons for the Future?. In The Care Act 2014 Wellbeing in Practice. (14 vols.). Learning Matters. link> full text>
  • Brammer A and Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Safeguarding Adults. (2nd ed.). Red Globe Press.
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Exploring the potential and the pitfalls of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and General Comment no. 1 for people with dementia. Int J Law Psychiatry, vol. 66, 101467. link> doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2018. Revisiting the Feminist Critique of Rights: Lessons for a New Older Persons' Convention?. In Ageing, Gender and Family Law. Taylor and Francis. link> full text>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Brammer A and Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Safeguarding Adults. (2nd ed.). Red Globe Press.

Journal Articles

  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Unspoken and unthinkable: The older disabled body in judicial discourse. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, vol. 68, 101525. doi> link> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Exploring the potential and the pitfalls of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and General Comment no. 1 for people with dementia. Int J Law Psychiatry, vol. 66, 101467. link> doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2018. ‘Adults at Risk’: ‘Vulnerability’ by Any Other Name?. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 20(1), 47-58. doi> link> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2016. "This Man with Dementia"1-'Othering' the Person with Dementia in the Court of Protection. Med Law Rev, vol. 24(4), 518-543. link> doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2016. A Clinician's Brief Guide to the Mental Capacity Act. Med Law Rev, vol. 24(3), 446-451. link> doi>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2016. The good, the bad, and the 'vulnerable older adult'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (Book Review). Feminist Review. doi>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2015. Alzheimer's Disease, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia Constructing Risk and Selling Death in an Ageing Society (Book Review). Medical Law Review. doi>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2015. Night-time care, article 8 and the European court of human rights: a missed opportunity?. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 37(1), 108-110. doi>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2017. Ageism and Autonomy in Health Care: Explorations Through a Relational Lens. Health Care Anal, vol. 25(1), 72-89. link> doi> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2020. A Local Authority v JB [2020] Ewca Civ 735 And A Local Authority v AW [2020] Ewcop 24: Rethinking Sexual Capacity?. Med Law Rev. link> doi> full text>

Chapters

  • Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. The Care Act 2014 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Learning Lessons for the Future?. In The Care Act 2014 Wellbeing in Practice. (14 vols.). Learning Matters. link> full text>
  • Pritchard-Jones LG. 2018. Revisiting the Feminist Critique of Rights: Lessons for a New Older Persons' Convention?. In Ageing, Gender and Family Law. Taylor and Francis. link> full text>