Associate professor, Durham University

Dr Sean Thomas is an Associate Professor at Durham University. He is the author of ‘Do freegans commit theft?’ ((2010) 30 Legal Studies 98-125, available at, and researches radical property practices and the ownership of goods.

Sean completed his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2008, where he had been a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Between September 2008 and September 2010 he was a Senior Lecturer in Law at Anglia Ruskin University. He joined the University of Leicester in September 2010, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law in June 2013. He joined Durham Law School in August 2015.

Sean is also a member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project. This Project was set up following the consultations to changes to system of registrations of charges under the Companies Act 2006 (see The Project’s website is Sean works alongside legal practitioners, representatives from the financing sector, and other academics as a member of Working Group B on Priorities.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, Leicester University