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.

The Ethical Identity of Law Students

A paper I have done with Catrina Denvir, Rachel Cahill-O’Callaghan, Maryam Kouchakki and Stephen Galoob  as just been published in the International Journal of the Legal Profession. The abstract gives you a flavour: This paper uses measures of values, moral … Continue reading

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Advocates’ Ethical Capacities

Research that a team of us from UCL have conducted for the Advocacy Training Council (now the Inns of Court College of Advocacy) into the ethical capacities and advocates has just been published.The full report can be found here. The … Continue reading

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SRA SQE- Policy by polling

The SRA’s new consultation on the solicitors qualifying examination (SQE) is now out. I will read it with interest. I note with a little frisson of amused dismay that the SRA is praying in aid of its proposals polling from … Continue reading

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M&As: Contractual Artistry or Shonky Improv?

A fascinating recent paper from Robert Anderson and Jeffrey Manns on M&A drafting is up in draft on SSRN, The Inefficient Evolution of Merger Agreements. It performs textual analysis on 12,000 or so public merger contracts in the US. The authors map … Continue reading

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Principles, Rules, and Touting

There’s an interesting piece in the Gazette, about touting for criminal clients by Robin Murray.  It suggests all sorts of devious, corrupt and illegal practices are engaged in by some firms when seeking to gain clients (particularly at the expense of … Continue reading

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Lawfest #2 Law as a human flourishing

Law is a human business, made of human politics, and – a more neglected point – a place of sometimes great human flourishing.  The talking, the listening, the writing, the thinking all have the social and (sometimes) the creative at … Continue reading

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Unambiguous opinions in lawfare land

I have written previously on lawfare: the process by which barrister’s opinions are published to support one side or other in a dispute, especially one involving politics and law. The rules on barristers opining in public, including on litigation they … Continue reading

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