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Professor Gwynn Davis


Gwynn Davis studied at Aberystwyth, Oxford, Edinburgh and Bristol. A former Probation Officer, he joined Bristol University in 1976 and moved to the Law Faculty in 1987. He was appointed Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in 1995. Following his retirement, he is now Honorary Senior Research Fellow.

Most of Gwynn's time has been devoted to research, and in particular to the conduct of externally funded projects which are broadly socio-legal in character. This work is in three broad areas: private family law - its practice and procedures, especially as these bear upon all forms of dispute resolution; criminal justice; and developments in the legal profession.

His work in family law has been concerned mainly with practice and procedure in 'private' law - i.e. issues arising on relationship breakdown. This has included studies of the grounds for divorce; the role of legal advisers in financial and child-related disputes; and of mediation. He led the research team commissioned by the Legal Services Commission to monitor the introduction of public funding for mediation services.

His work in the criminal justice sphere has been concerned principally with restorative justice; the prosecution of assault; prosecution policy in respect of domestic violence; the literacy needs of offenders under probation supervision; and evidential issues in the prosecution of child abuse.



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