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.

QASA – a professional failure

So the Court of Appeal has turned down leave to appeal Leveson et al’s judgment dismissing the judicial review of QASA. Sadly for the regulators, this may be the one issue which sufficient grassroots criminal defence practitioners can rally around … Continue reading

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Allen & Overy: blame the lawyers, but which ones?

The Financial Times is reporting that two Allen and Overy lawyers (one for US attorney and another a (now retired) senior civil litigator) have avoided being referred to the Attorney General’s office for an investigation into whether they had committed … Continue reading

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Happy talk: Motivating lawyers, helping law students choose

One of the interesting sub-plots of the Big Law vs New Law debate is the way in which workers (partners and their equivalents, salaried partners, employees) are motivated. If reports of the extension of performance related pay to associates is … Continue reading

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After referral fees – ethical personal injury practice?

In preparation for chairing a debate on Referral Fees – One Year on, taking place at UCL on 6th April (book here), I have been doing some digging into views on referral fees.  The dominant view appears to be they … Continue reading

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Digital Democracy and Law

There’s an interesting Parliamentary initiative being run, I believe, as a Speaker’s Commission, on digital democracy.  They have a call for evidence here (and as I understand it we don’t have to feel we are experts for responses to be … Continue reading

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Precarious Professionalism II: The Paper Strikes Back

For those interested, the paper from my lecture is now available on SSRN: click here.

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Precarious Professionalism

Many thanks to everyone who came to, or sent best wishes for, the lecture.  The feedback has been very interesting! The slides are here and Dan Bindman has done a very nice summary on the ever excellent Legalfutures; lawyers are not as … Continue reading

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Cuts: what kind of courts do you want? (A Reprise)

I posted this in 2010, but in the light of the LCJ’s recent suggesting civil and family courts may need to become inquisitorial., it bears repeating… Joshua Rozenberg posts an interesting story on legal and court aid cuts today. Mediation is … Continue reading

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Precarious Professionalism: An Invitation

My Inaugural lecture takes place at UCL on Thursday 6 March 2014 from 6 – 7pm , chaired by Mr Justice Blair.  It will develop and draw together many of the themes I discuss on this blog.  If you would like … Continue reading

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Innovation: A Lesson from Bandit Country

Last night I heard a very interesting talk on innovation and high frequency trading by Professor Donald MacKenzie (a financial sociologist from the University of Edinburgh).  As he told it, a Matching Machine, designed by Josh Levine, is – if … Continue reading

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