Dr Michael Fay

Title: Lecturer in Law
Phone: +44 (0)1782 734085
Email: m.fay@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBC 1.016
Role: Recruitment & Outreach Officer
Contacting me: During office hours without an appointment, or email to make an appointment.
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Michael joined Keele University as a lecturer in September 2013.  He previously taught as an Associate Tutor at the University of East Anglia (UEA) from 2009-2013 and before that worked in the public sector. Michael is a thrice graduate of the UEA Law School and holds an LLB Law (2008), an LLM in Employment Law (2010), and PhD (2015).  The title of his thesis was Genetic Torts: Establishing the Clinician's Duty to Disclose, and explored whether genetic risks should be disclosed by doctors to the families of their patients.  This research was funded with a scholarship award from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Michael is known for his love of using comic books and nursery rhymes to explain legal concepts.  He is the Law School's director of Outreach and Recruitment.  Michael was Keele Outreach Academic of the Year 2016, has twice been nominated for a Keele Excellence Award, and is shortlisted for the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year 2017.

Michael’s research interests include Medical Law, Mental Health and Negligence.  He is particularly interested in the legal issues created by genetic technologies and genomic medicine.  His research has focused on clinicians’ liability to family members for nondisclosure of genetic risks; liability to parents for negligent communication of neonatal genetic information; and nondisclosure of genetics and concepts of harm in negligence.  Michael’s current research includes the management of genetic information of incapacitated patients (with Laura Prichard-Jones); doctor-patient communication and understanding medical information (with Kirsty Moreton).  He is a co-investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Seminar Series 2015-2017 ‘Liability v Innovation: Unpacking Key Connections’.

Selected Publications

  • Mitchell C, Ploem C, Chico V, Ormondroyd E, Hall A, Wallace S, Fay M, Goodwin D, Bell J, Phillips S, Taylor JC, Hennekam R, Kaye J. 2017. Exploring the potential duty of care in clinical genomics under UK law. Medical Law International, vol. 17(3), 158-182. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Fay M. 2017. Cousins, Genetic Diagnosis and Liability of Clinicians: Smith & Another V University of Leicester NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 817 (QB). Med Law Rev, vol. 25(4), 672-683. link> doi> full text>
  • Fay M. 2016. Negligence, Genetics and Families: A Duty to Disclose Actionable Risks. Medical Law International. doi> link> full text>
  • Fay M. 2014. Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction. MEDICAL LAW REVIEW, vol. 23(1), 163-164. link> doi>
  • Fay M. 2012. Negligence and the Communication of Neonatal Genetic Information to Parents. Medical Law Review, vol. 20(4), 604-630. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Mitchell C, Ploem C, Chico V, Ormondroyd E, Hall A, Wallace S, Fay M, Goodwin D, Bell J, Phillips S, Taylor JC, Hennekam R, Kaye J. 2017. Exploring the potential duty of care in clinical genomics under UK law. Medical Law International, vol. 17(3), 158-182. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Fay M. 2017. Cousins, Genetic Diagnosis and Liability of Clinicians: Smith & Another V University of Leicester NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 817 (QB). Med Law Rev, vol. 25(4), 672-683. link> doi> full text>
  • Fay M. 2016. Negligence, Genetics and Families: A Duty to Disclose Actionable Risks. Medical Law International. doi> link> full text>
  • Fay M. 2014. Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction. MEDICAL LAW REVIEW, vol. 23(1), 163-164. link> doi>
  • Fay M. 2012. Negligence and the Communication of Neonatal Genetic Information to Parents. Medical Law Review, vol. 20(4), 604-630. doi>
  • Fay M. 2012. Publication Review - Genomic Negligence: an interest in autonomy as the basis for novel negligence claims generated by genetic technology. Medical Law Review, vol. 4(20).
  • Fay M. 2011. Informing the Family: A geneticist's duty to disclose genetic risks to relatives of the proband. Journal of Professional Negligence, vol. 2(27), 97.
  • Fay M and Cockburn T. Consent to Innovative Treatment. Law, Innovation and Technology. full text>
  • Fay M. Publication Review - Medial Law: A Very Short Introduction. Medical Law Review.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Tort

Law, Science and Society

Healthcare Law

Postgraduate

MA in Medical Ethics and Law: Working with Legal Sources, Mental Health Law and the Mental Health Act, Confidentiality and the Law, Regulating Reproduction

MMedSci in Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare Ethics and Law: Consent and the Law, Patient Information, End of Life