Dr Claire McIvor

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Birmingham Law School
Honorary Associate Professor

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Dr Claire McIvor is a tort lawyer whose main research interests are: (i) liability for the acts of others (both vicarious and non-vicarious); (ii) public authority liability in negligence (particularly police liability), and more recently, (iii) legal applications of Epidemiology.


  • LLB in Common and Civil Law with French (Queen’s University, Belfast)
  • MJur (Durham)
  • PhD (Durham)


Claire McIvor joined the Law School in June 2006, having previously taught at Durham University. She has an LLB in Common and Civil Law with French (Queen’s University, Belfast, 1998), a Masters of Jurisprudence ( Durham University, 2000) and a PhD (Durham University, 2003).

In July 2013, she was appointed as a research affiliate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg.


Claire McIvor has established herself as an expert on third party liability in tort. As a follow-on from her Hart monograph on non-vicarious liability in tort for the acts of others, she is currently completing a monograph on the tort doctrine of vicarious liability. This monograph is due to be published by Hart in 2015. She is also currently engaged in a collaborative and interdisciplinary project on the use of epidemiological evidence in personal injury litigation. She has just completed an AHRC-funded Research Networks project in this field and is co-founder of the International Association for Law and Epidemiology.

Claire McIvor was also a member of an academic working group on the reform of the civil costs system. Headed by Professor Ken Oliphant from Bristol University, the working group produced a lengthy report on Lord Justice Jackson’s contentious proposals for reform. The report was submitted to the Ministry of Justice as part of its official consultation on the Jackson recommendations



  • Third Party Liability in Tort ( Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2006)
  • Vicarious Liability in Tort ( Oxford: Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2015)

Chapters in books:

  • 'The doubles the risk test for causation and other related judicial myths about epidemiology', in E Chamberlain, J Neyers and S Pital (eds) Tort Law: Challenging Orthodoxy (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2013).
  • 'The use of epidemiological evidence in UK tort law' in S Loue (ed) Forensic Epidemiology in the Global Context (Springer, forthcoming 2013).
  • 'Bursting the Autonomy Bubble: A Defence of the Court of Appeal Decision in R (On the application of Oliver Leslie Burke) v GMC', in R Deazley and S Smith (eds) The Legal, Medical and Cultural Regulation of the Body: Transformation and Transgression (Ashgate, 2009).

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

  • 'Debunking some judicial myths about epidemiology and its relevance to UK tort law' (forthcoming in the Medical Law Review). 
  • 'The Impact of the Jackson Reforms on Access to Justice in Personal Injury Litigation' (2011) 30 Civil Justice Quarterly 411-428
  • 'Getting Defensive about Police Negligence: The Hill Principle, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the House of Lords’ (2010) 69 Cambridge Law Journal 133-150
  • ‘The positive duty of the police to protect life’ (2008) 24 Professional Negligence 27-35
  • ‘Liability for psychiatric harm’ (2007) 23 Professional Negligence 249-256
  • ‘The Use and Abuse of the Doctrine of Vicarious Liability’ (2006) 35 Common Law World Review 268-296
  • ‘The negligence liability of child welfare professionals and policy-based immunities: A critique of recent English developments’ (2006) 14 Torts Law Journal 205-218
  • ‘The spectre of Stubbings v Webb lives on’ (2006) 22 Professional Negligence 119-126
  • ‘The positive medical duty to provide life-prolonging treatment’ (2006) 22 Professional Negligence 59-64
  • ‘Reinventing the doctrine of vicarious liability – again!’ (2005) 21 Professional Negligence 283-289
  • ‘Police immunity and the legacy of Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire’ (2005) 21 Professional Negligence 201-207
  • ‘A stressful business’ (2005) 21 Professional Negligence 123-128
  • ‘Withdrawal of life-prolonging medical treatment’ (2004) 20 Professional Negligence 280-284
  • ‘Liability in Respect of the Intoxicated [2001] Cambridge Law Journal 109-127
  • ‘Expelling the myth of the parental duty to rescue’ (2000) 12 Child and Family Law Quarterly 229-23

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Tort law

Liability for the acts of others (both vicarious and non-vicarious)

Public authority liability in negligence (particularly police liability)

Legal applications of Epidemiology