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Research interests

Peter's research interests lie broadly in the fields of Media Law and Legal Education and Training.

In respect of his Media Law research, he is particularly interested in freedom of expression, privacy, the protection of reputation and social and emerging media. Peter has published widely, and presented at conferences, on these topics, in both leading academic and professional publications. He has also been engaged as an expert panel member at an international law firm to provide insight and opinion on the legal implications of the use of social media.

Peter has also published widely in relation to Legal Education and Training. He has given numerous papers at conferences on various subjects, including the development of professionalism of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional vocational course students within a legal context.


Prior to joining Aston University as a Lecturer in Law in September 2014, Peter was a Senior Lecturer, from September 2011, at Buckinghamshire New University. Before this, Peter was a Visiting Tutor in Law at the University of Nottingham.

At Aston, Peter teaches Criminal Law and Professional Skill & Ethics. He is also the Joint Course Director for the LLB Programme.

In addition to being an academic, Peter is also a barrister of Lincoln's Inn, and a Door Tenant at East Anglian Chambers. Peter has a mixed Civil/Commercial Law and Criminal Law practice.


PhD, University of Leeds, ongoing (freedom of expression, privacy, public interest and new media)

SFHEA (2016-present)

FHEA (2014-2016)

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE, Buckinghamshire New University, 2013

LLM by research, The University of Northampton, 2012 (freedom of expression, defamation and super-injunctions)

Barrister, Lincoln’s Inn, Called 2007

PgDipLaw (Bar Vocational Course), Nottingham Law School, 2007             

LLB (Hons), The University of Northampton, 2005

Membership of Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016 - present)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014 - 2016)

Association of Law Teachers (2012 - Present)

Society of Legal Scholars (2012 - Present)

Bar Council of England and Wales (2007 - Present)

Lincoln’s Inn Lord Denning Society, Lord Denning Scholar (2006 – Present)

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (2005 – Present)

Professional/editorial offices

Barrister and Tenant, East Anglian Chambers (2008 - Present)

Teaching Activity

Aston University: Course Convenor for Criminal Law and Professional Skills & Ethics

Buckinghamshire New University: Course Convenor for Criminal Law, Law of Evidence, Criminal Justice; Module Tutor for Legal Skills

University of Nottingham: Module Tutor for Law of Tort


Aston University: Joint Director of the LLB programme; Responsible for managing industry and professional partnerships

Buckinghamshire New University: Departmental Industry and Professional Partnerships Manager; Departmental School and College Liaison Manager


2014-present, Lecturer in Law, Aston University

Joint LLB Course Director

Module Convenor for: Criminal Law; Principles of Criminal Law; Professional Skills and Ethics

2011-2014: Senior Lecturer in Law, Buckinghamshire New University

Module Convenor for: Criminal Law; Law of Evidence; Criminal Justice

Other teaching responsibilities: Legal Skills; Media Law; Sports Law

Business/Industry partnership engagement manager

School and College Liaison manager

School representative for Faculty and University Quality Enhancement Committees

Faculty representative for University’s Widening Participation Steering Group

2010-2011: Visiting Tutor, The University of Nottingham

Tutor: Tort Law

2008-present, Barrister and Tenant at East Anglian Chambers

Multi-disciplinary practice including: Civil and Commercial litigation; Criminal and Regulatory litigation

PhD Supervision

I am currently working towards my PhD, and would be happy to act as a joint supervisor.

I am particularly interested in Media Law. In particular: freedom of expression; privacy; defamation; the use of new media; media power/control/plurality.


Contribution Award (research, teaching and management), Buckinghamshire New University, 2013

Major BVC Award, Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2006

Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2005

Shoosmiths solicitors’ prize for best overall academic achievement, The University of Northampton/Shoosmiths solicitors, 2005

Incorporated Society of Law Reporting Mooting Prize for outstanding achievement, Incorporated Society of Law Reporting, 2005

Certificate of Commendation for academic achievement, The University of Northampton,2004

Shoosmiths solicitors’ prize for academic achievement, The University of Northampton/Shoosmiths solicitors, 2003


Expert panellist on the legal implications of using social media, Addleshaw Goddard, December 2014

Consultant Reviewer for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Criminal Law and Litigation Team (2013 – 2014)

Continuing Professional Development

Regular attendance at Association of Law Teachers and Society of Legal Scholars and other conferences, where I have given the following papers:

P. Coe, ‘#birdsandthebees: the social media paradox – an intersection with the Criminal Law’, Invited Guest Lecture, University of Winchester, 2nd March 2016

 P. Coe, ‘#birdsandthebees: a ‘green cross code’ for using social media’, Inside Aston Conference, Aston University, 20th January 2016

 P. Coe, ‘A Seismic shift? An evaluation of the impact of new media on perceptions of freedom of expression and privacy’, Amsterdam Privacy Conference, University of Amsterdam, October 2015

Coe and Dagilyte, Developing professionalism via take-home exams: Assessment for learning in law studies, 50 Years of Assessment in Legal Education, Association of Law Teachers and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, January 2015

Coe, The Defamation Act 2013: We Need to Talk about Corporate Reputation, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference Media and Communications Section, September 2014

Coe and Dagilyte, Professionalism in law degrees: Chartering the territory between liberal education and legal services, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies WG Hart Workshop, June 2014

Coe and Dagilyte, Professionalism in higher education: Important not only for lawyers, Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Leeds, April 2014

External Connections and Partnerships

Academic lead on industry partnerships, Aston University, 2014 – Present: Deutsche Bank; Allianz Insurance; Browne Jacobson; Nestle; Shakespeares solicitors; Pinsent Masons; Crown Prosecution Service; Wragge, Lawrence, Graham & Co; Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Industry Partnerships Manager, Buckinghamshire New University, 2011 – 2014: Allianz Insurance; Coca Cola; Neopost; Construction Industry Training Board; Howes Percival

External panel member, The University of Northampton Criminal Justice and Policing Department, validation of Forensics degree, 2013

External panel member, The University of Northampton Law Department, LLB re-validation, 2012

Media Contributions

P. Coe, ‘The Doctor will tweet you now – but should he face disciplinary action for doing so?’ The Conversation, 21st March 2016

My social media ‘Green Cross Code’ was the main feature in: A. Packham, ‘Safer Internet Day: How parents can advise kids to stay safe on social media’,, 9th February 2016

P. Coe, ‘A Social Media 'Green Cross Code’ for employees and employers’,, 5th February 2016

Coe, ‘#birdsandthebees: a ‘Green Cross Code’ for social media’, International Forum for Responsible Media, 14th November 2015

Coe, ‘The social media ‘green cross code’ Education Technology Magazine, 6th November 2015

Coe, Footballers and Social Media ‘Faux Pas’: The Football Association’s Cash Cow? The Reporter, January-February 2015, Issue 99 (by request)

Coe, Social Media ‘faux pas’: there’s only one ‘tweeting’ winner, The International Forum for Responsible Media, 6th November 2014

Coe, How will the new Defamation Act protect online reputation? Law Donut, 23rd June 2014

Coe, Developing Commercial Awareness at University, All About Law, June 2014

Coe, Defamation Act 2013: How it could affect your business, Real Business, 15th May 2014

Coe, The Defamation Act 2013: corporate claimants and causation, a debate, The International Forum for Responsible Media, 10th February 2014

Coe, Defamation Act 2013: The value of corporate reputation, The International Forum for Responsible Media, 22nd January 2014

Research Projects/Collaborations

Coe, Brooks and Grey, Society of Legal Scholars Criminal Justice Section Response to Sexual Offences Guideline Consultation (Sentencing Council Consultation 2012-2013) March 2013

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