Owen Warnock graduated in law at Cambridge University in 1979. He qualified as a solicitor and has been a Partner in what is now the international law firm Eversheds LLP since 1985. His clients there include 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 has been 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. He now splits his time between his role at the School and his work as a Partner at Eversheds.
At the UEA, Owen is particularly involved in its new Law in Practice module, in employment law teaching and in the School’s external courses. In the field of employment law, 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 all these areas Owen is interested not only in the pure legal issues but also in how the law applies in practice – and in the gap between good legislative intentions and the eventual impact of new law on society and the economy.
Owen is joint author of Employment law in the NHS (Thomson 2007) and was the main contributor to the 2000 re-issue of the Food title in Halsbury’s Laws of England. He is a member of the Industrial Law Society, the Employment Lawyers Association and the Food Law Group.