Neil became Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey in 2004
His research interests are in bargaining theory, principal-agent theory and the theory of regulation. He is particularly interested in applying these tools to the regulation of legal and health services. He has worked on NHS contracts, medical negligence, legal aid reform, contingent fees for legal services, legal expenses insurance, litigation, regulation of prices and investment and telecommunications market structure.
He has advised the Department of Constitutional Affairs, the Legal Services Commission, the Law Society, the Civil Justice Council and the Department of Health on matters relating to legal policy and medical negligence. He has also advised Ofcom on radio spectrum regulation.
His work for the Civil Justice Council in 2003 (with Paul Fenn, University of Nottingham) helped establish the current regime of fixed fees for road traffic accident litigation in England and Wales. Neil was a member of the Civil Justice Council's sub-committee on Court Fees (2000-2002) and the Advisory Panel for Sir David Clementi's Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services in England and Wales (2004) and was invited to give advice to Lord Woolf's Review of Civil Procedure in England and Wales (1995). Neil has recently joined the Editorial Board of the International Review of Law and Economics.