The Team

Sarah Singh has a long-standing interest in animal law. Prior to her current position as a lecturer in the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, Sarah was employed at LJMU (2009-2017) where she taught one of the first animal law modules introduced in the UK. Sarah has spoken at several national and international conferences on animal law. She has addressed a range of diverse audiences on subjects including legal analyses of adoption agreements and the impact of Covid-19 on dog rescues. She is also Secretary and a Trustee of North West English Springer Spaniel Rescue.
Marie Fox holds the Queen Victoria Chair of Law, in the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool and is the School’s Research Lead for Law. She has previously worked at the Universities of Lancaster, Queen’s Belfast, Manchester, Keele and Birmingham. Her research as also been funded by the ESRC, Wellcome Trust and Socio-legal Studies Association. She is a Trustee and Homing Officer for North West English Springer Spaniel Rescue. Marie is a co-ordinating editor of the journals Social & Legal Studies and Medical Law International, and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Law and Society and the interdisciplinary journal Somatechnics.
Emily Pierce is a Master of Law Student at the University of Liverpool, recently completing her dissertation on menopause discrimination in the workplace. As a part of this project, Emily researched Wales and Scotland’s position on animal welfare and licensing. Focusing on the Welfare of Dogs (Scotland) Bill 2023 and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021, Emily assessed local authorities' guidance on the recent licensing regulations, as well as collecting relevant media and academic coverage.
Lauren O’Boyle is a huge dog lover and advocate for animal rights in general. While working as a NHS Dentist, Lauren also has a Masters in Law and shows keen interest regarding animal law specifically. She has recently engaged in research on the impact of COVID-19 on animal rescue centres, with specific concern for those based in her home country of Northern Ireland. She is the proud owner of two Miniature Schnauzers, Bobby and Archie who are loved dearly.
Kate Sandford is a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool, specialising in reproductive rights and discrimination. Alongside her studies, Kate has worked on research projects concerning the legal personhood of animals and responsible dog ownership. The most recent project Kate has participated in concerns the impact of Covid-19 on dog rescues in Ireland and has also attended focus groups with dog rescue charities in partnership with the Kennel Club.