Author Archives: Richard MOORHEAD

About Richard MOORHEAD

Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law and Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at the Faculty of Laws, University College London with an interest in teaching and research on the legal ethics, the professions, legal aid, access to justice and the courts.

Merit will out? Are accountants better at partners than lawyers?

There’s an interesting story on the Big Four which is worth a read for anyone interested in leadership and diversity within professional service firms.  It’s about who makes partner.  The similarities with law firms are interesting, driven, male, workaholic tendencies … Continue reading

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A profession not at ease with itself or the world? Bar’s Working Life Survey

I took a little time to browse the Bar’s working life survey. It’s a large survey. Although it’s not immediately clear how representative it is, almost 3,300 barristers completed it. Here are some of the things I noted (this is … Continue reading

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Judges and Inquiries: do the public trust them?

Now that Dame Butler Sloss has taken the sensible view that she cannot chair the forthcoming Inquiry into child abuse, the debate has turned to who can chair. As we don’t know rather crucial things like what the terms of … Continue reading

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Judges and lawyers ethics: system failure?

Joshua Rozenberg’s got a very interesting miscellany of stories published in the Guardian today featuring: Butler Sloss (not at risk of bias but too old, a body of unattributed judges appear to say – a not entirely comfortable point but … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the Butler Sloss controversy

Lady Butler Sloss, a former and eminent senior judge, with significant experience through a child abuse inquiry (Cleveland) of matters of child protection has been appointed to lead an independent inquiry into historical child abuse. Interestingly, she relinquished the Diana … Continue reading

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VHCCs: A secret plan to fight inflation?

So there is a rapprochement in the battle over Very High Cost Cases reported here by Catherine Baksi at the Law Society Gazette.  You can click on the link. Not that you’ll be much the wiser (and that’s not to … Continue reading

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All the gone Pseuds: Debt collection, Chicago style

The Guardian has added to a series of stories alleging, “Britain’s high-street banks are routinely issuing legal demands from what appear to be independent firms of solicitors designed to make struggling borrowers pay up. Yet the firms are not regulated … Continue reading

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Sleeping is the Enemy: What the BNP case reminds us about lawyers’ ethics

A Litigation Daily piece by Susan Beck in the New York Law Journal takes a look at the role of lawyers in the events leading to BNP Paribas’s $8.9 billion settlement with the US Justice Department. The DOJ’s statement of … Continue reading

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Independence Day? SRA Risk Outlook Sends Signals to the City

The SRA has issued its now annual report on risk in the solicitors’ profession, SRA Risk Outlook 2014/15: The key risks to the regulatory objectives. The report contains a league table of risks: Misuse of money or assets Money laundering: … Continue reading

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Snake Hall II (or) Tax Avoidance and the Sex Lives of the Potato Men

Ok, so you all seemed to like the Snake Hall post and several of you wondered out loud whether there was something similar going on in the UK (I issue here the obligatory *innocent face*).  I am not qualified to … Continue reading

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