Dr Edward Kirton-Darling
Ed’s research interests include public and administrative law (in particular inquests & public inquiries), housing law, family law, social welfare law & homelessness law, and he is also broadly interested in questions of procedure, jurisdiction, legal & non-legal technicality, expertise, professionalism & lawyering, and the possibilities of justice.
Ed is Director of Critical Legal Practice in KLS, and is responsible for overseeing the response of the Law School to changes in professional legal qualification.
From 2012 to 2015 Ed undertook an ESRC (SEDTC) funded PhD in Socio-Legal Studies at KLS, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of Law in November 2015. His thesis was entitled ‘Looking for justice: the family and the inquest’ and was an interdisciplinary examination of the family and the contemporary inquest system, drawing on empirical, historical and jurisprudential approaches. Before undertaking this research, Ed practised as a solicitor in the Civil Liberties team at Hodge, Jones & Allen (2009-2012), where he also trained to be a solicitor (2007-2009), and he worked as a Research Assistant in the Public Law team at the Law Commission from 2004-2006. Ed undertook an LLB at Leeds in 2000-2003, before completing an LLM in Human Rights at UCL in 2004, and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Westminster in 2007.
He has published a series of blogs on his research interests:
- ‘Closing the Gaps – the problem with common parts’ (with Prof. Helen Carr, University of Oxford Housing after Grenfell blog, 18 July 2018)
- ‘Paying for safety after Grenfell: cladding and beyond’ (Countercurrents, 19 March 2018)
- ‘Inquiries, Regulation and fire in the high rise’ (SLSA blog, 16 June 2017)
- ‘Hillsborough: Grief and the inquest’ (Countercurrents, 3 May 2016)
- ‘Expertise, Transparency and the Appointment of Lords’ (UK Constitutional Law Association, 13 February 2015)
- ‘Missing: political genius. If found, please return to the British People, care of Palace of Westminster, SW1A.’ (UK Constitutional Law Association, 28 June 2014)
Ed has ongoing research projects which focus on health and safety in housing, homelessness, and investigations into contentious death.
Ed teaches in the fields of Family Law, Homelessness Law & Policy and Public Law.
I am interested in supervising interdisciplinary socio-legal research which engages with my broad research interests.