Stephen Hurley

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Principal Lecturer in Employment and Equality Law

School of Humanities

School of Law

Contact Details


Stephen was previously an Employment Law Partner in a large commercial law firm. He has extensive experience of advising both employers and employees, including substantial Employment Tribunal litigation and advocacy.

He has since taught law in a number of universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including on the Legal Practice Course. He has been consistently nominated by students for a number of awards including Outstanding Lecturer, Outstanding Personal Tutor and Module Excellence.

He has a particular interest in client interviewing skills and supports students to compete in national competitions. He still retains a practising certificate to advise members of the public in the University’s Legal Advice Centre.


LLB Law (Hons)     
PgDip Law and Employment Relations     
MPS (Master’s in Political Management)          
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales   
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Teaching and Research


  • Employment Law     
  • Equality and Discrimination Law   
  • Disability Law     
  • The Law of Contract    
  • UG and PG dissertation supervision


  • Stephen is engaged in researching a number of aspects of Employment Law and Equality Law 
  • In particular he has written and presented on disability and discrimination law, particularly disability harassment
  • Stephen is currently researching for a PhD in Law in the area of the protection of non-religious philosophical belief in the workplace



  • Justice of the Peace (England & Wales)
  • External Examiner for Robert Gordon University (LLM Employment Law and Practice)
  • Committee Member of Worcestershire Law Society
  • External reviewer for Oxford University Press


  • Deputy LLB Course Leader
  • Co-ordinator University Legal Advice Centre
  • Employability Lead for Law
  • LLB Year Tutor Level 5
  • National Client Interviewing Competition Tutor

Professional Bodies

  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Association of Law Teachers
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Institute of Employment Rights
  • Industrial Law Society
  • The Magistrates Association

Publications & Public Lectures


  • Hurley, S (2019) ‘The fraudster at work: the interaction of the criminal justice process with the operation of an employer’s disciplinary procedures’ in Monaghan C and Monaghan N (eds) Financial Crime and Corporate Misconduct: A Critical Evaluation of Fraud Legislation (Routledge, 2019)   
  • Hurley, S (2016) ‘A growing issue: fat shaming and disability harassment’ 166 NLJ 7690 p10

Conference Papers

  • Hurley, S (2017) ‘The fraudster at work: the interaction of the criminal justice process with the operation of an employer’s disciplinary procedures’ in The Fraud Act 2006 – Ten Years On workshop, University of Worcester, 2017 
  • Hurley, S (2012) ‘Positive Action Powers in ss158, 159 Equality Act 2010’, Greenwich University Postgraduate Conference 2012 (unpublished) 

Research Seminars

  • ‘Judging books by their covers – perceived disability discrimination’, School of Law Research Seminar, University of Worcester, February 2018  
  • ‘Access to Justice as a fundamental legal principle and Tribunal Fees: panel discussion on the UK Supreme Court’s decision in the UNISON case (R (on the application of UNISON) v The Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51) (with HH Toby Hooper QC and Chris Monaghan), University of Worcester, October 2017 
  • ‘Fat Shaming and Disability Harassment’, School of Law Research Seminar, University of Worcester, December 2016 

Public Lectures 

  • ‘Is Veganism a philosophical belief? Should Vegans have more rights at work than other people?’, University of Worcester, August 2020 
  • ‘What is a Disability? Is that a legal, medical or political question?’, Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society, University of Worcester, November 2019  
  • ‘Fat Shaming and Disability Harassment’, Community Group, Worcester, February 2019  
  • ‘Social Media in the Workplace: Lessons from Employment Law’, University of Worcester, March 2018