Owen Warnock graduated in law at Cambridge University in 1979. He qualified as a solicitor and was a Partner in what is now the global law firm Eversheds Sutherland until his retirement from the firm in 2018. His clients there included many household names and multi-national businesses, British PLCs and a number of NHS Foundation Trusts.

He has always undertaken a significant amount of teaching and was an active contributor to Eversheds’ internal work analysing and adapting to new and developing areas of law. These interests led Owen, in 2011, to join the UEA Law School.


Owen has specialised in the field of employment law for over 30 years. Owen’s main current interests are collective labour law (industrial action, union recognition for bargaining, union-related rights etc) and age discrimination.

Owen is also a specialist in the law relating to the labelling, advertising and composition of food in the UK, Europe and across the world. Much of Owen’s work in food law field relates to health, slimming and nutrition claims.

In addition to his teaching activities at the UEA, Owen is the Law School’s Co-Director of Employability in which role he coordinates the many activities undertaken by staff of the Law School and by members of the University’s Careers Service to ensure that our students combine rigorous academic study with the development of skills, work experience and attitudes that will help them to succeed in their working lives after graduating.

Owen’s primary role is at the UEA but he retains an involvement in legal practice through a part-time partnership at Eversheds Sutherland.

Academic Background

B.A. in Law at Cambridge 1979

Senior Exhibitioner, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 1979

Merit in Solicitors Final Examination 1980


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