John Bowers (lawyer)

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John Simon Bowers

Born (1956-01-02) 2 January 1956 (age 62)
Education Lincoln College, Oxford
Occupation Principal of Brasenose College, Barrister

John Bowers QC is a British barrister and part-time judge who has been Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford since 1 October 2015.[1]

Born in Grimsby, the son of Alfred Bowers and Irene (née Bolton),[2] he was educated at Clee Grammar School in Cleethorpes, and then studied law at Lincoln College, Oxford.[3] He was called to the Bar in 1979, took silk (became a Queen's Counsel) in 1998, became a recorder in 2003, and has been a deputy High Court Judge since 2010.[3] He is an honorary professor at the University of Hull.[4]

Bowers is a supporter of Grimsby Town F.C.. He is married to Suzanne Franks and has three children.[5]


Bowers has published 14 books on law[6] including

  • Bowers, John (2017). A Practical Approach to Employment Law (9 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198766544.
  • Honeyball, Simon; Bowers, John (2012). Honeyball & Bowers' Textbook on Employment Law (12 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199639854.
  • Lewis, Jeremy; Bowers, John; Fodder, Martin; Mitchell, Jack (2017). Whistleblowing: Law and Practice (3 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198788034.
  • Bowers, John; Duggan, Michael; Reade, David (2011). The Law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199589623.

Writing in The Law Society Gazette Graham Clayton described The Law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition as "a work of authority and clarity".[7] Writing in the Industrial Law Journal David Lewis described the first edition of Whistleblowing as "a comprehensive and insightful analysis".[8]


  1. ^ "Mr John Bowers QC appointed Principal-Elect of Brasenose". Brasenose College, Oxford. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  2. ^ Bowers, John (2018-02-15). "Obituary: Alfred Bowers". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  3. ^ a b "Bowers, John Simon". Who's Who 2014. A & C Black. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  4. ^ "Professor John Bowers". Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  5. ^ "Former Cleethorpes schoolboy takes top job at Oxford college". Grimsby Telegraph. 2015-10-26. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  6. ^ "John Bowers QC" (PDF). Littleton Chambers. Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  7. ^ Clayton, Graham (2011-08-15). "Book Review: The Law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition". The Law Society Gazette. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  8. ^ Lewis, David (2000). "Whistleblowing: The New Law" (PDF). Industrial Law Journal. 29 (3): 316–317. Retrieved 2017-07-28.

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Preceded by
Alan Bowman
Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford
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