St John Bates Consultancy

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St. John Bates established the St John Bates Consultancy, as part of Bates Enterprises Ltd., in 2001. He brings to the Consultancy a rare combination of extensive practical experience of business, of teaching EU and UK law, and of working as a parliamentary officer.

After reading law at Cambridge, St. John taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Sussex and Edinburgh before being appointed as the first John Millar Professor of Law at the University of Glasgow. He is currently a Visiting Professor, and the Director of the Centre for Legislative and Parliamentary Studies, at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland where he teaches courses in public and commercial law, an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London and a Visiting Professor at the Isle of Man International Business School.
From 1987 to 2001, St. John was the Clerk of Tynwald (the parliament of the Isle of Man), Secretary of the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker.
St. John is also currently a non-executive director of seven companies, both private and public, in the Isle of Man and elsewhere; the companies are mainly in the insurance sector.

St. John specialises in training legislative drafting and statutory interpretation, having given training courses for government lawyers in various countries on the subject, as well as university courses, for over thirty-five years. He is the editor of the Statute Law Review, which is the leading journal in the field published by Oxford University Press. He is also is a member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel, of the Council of the Statute Law Society in the U.K. and of the Board of the International Association of Legislation based in The Hague.

St. John is also widely experienced in parliamentary affairs. In addition to his fourteen years as the senior legal and procedural adviser to the parliament of the Isle of Man, he has also been a specialist adviser to what is now the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union and to the House of Commons Justice Committee, a member of the advisory committee on the drafting of the initial Standing Orders of the Scottish Parliament, and a procedural adviser to a large number of other parliaments.