Amber joined LJMU’s Law School in March 2022. She teaches Medical Law and Ethics, Tort Law, Foundations and Independent Learning, and Criminal Law. Prior to joining LJMU, Amber was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Liverpool, where she taught Tort Law, Medical Law and Ethics I, and Criminal Law.
Amber’s research interests cover mental capacity law and policy, tort law, healthcare law, and critical disability studies. Her doctoral thesis, entitled 'An Ethos of Empowerment? Decision-making under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Sexual Lives of Adults with Learning
Disabilities', was awarded from the University of Liverpool in 2023. It critically examined the concept of empowerment, which features prominently in the rhetoric surrounding the MCA, and explored how the judiciary balances empowerment with risk when it comes to decision-making surrounding sex and contraception.
Amber has spoken on her research at international conferences, and is currently in the process of developing key aspects of her thesis into publications.
2016, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, LL.M
2015, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, LL.B
Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present
Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, 2016 - 2021
Pugh A. 2021. Capacity (and sexual relations) in the Supreme Court: Reflections on A Local Authority v JB Publisher Url
Pugh A. 2019. EMERGENCIES AND EQUIVOCALITY UNDER THE INHERENT JURISDICTION: A LOCAL AUTHORITY v BF  EWCA CIV 2962 AND SOUTHEND-ON-SEA BOROUGH COUNCIL v MEYERS  EWHC 399 (FAM) MEDICAL LAW REVIEW, 27 :675-686 DOI Author Url Publisher Url