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.

Dreaming up iniquitous defences: why X v Y goes beyond pub talk

@Crimegirl has been posing a very entertaining series of tweets on the daft things clients do. This one is not the most entertaining one* but it caught my eye… [* I think this one is the funniest one, should you … Continue reading

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Citizens UK: Professional Regulators should examine this misleading of the High Court?

The Citizens UK case [2018] EWCA CIV 1812 raises interesting issues about government lawyers and their political masters, but more so, for me having read the judgment, about how judges deal with potential misconduct by litigants and, perhaps, their lawyers. The … Continue reading

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Select Committee ‘particularly concerned’ about lawyers’ ethics

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee report on Sexual harassment in the workplace, has been published. To my eye it looks like an excellent piece of work: takes a wide-ranging, purposeful, look at the problems of sexual harassment … Continue reading

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Are lawyers helping clients make spurious diplomatic immunity claims?

News that Boris Becker has claimed diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy proceedings – https://www.ft.com/content/551ce878-70b4-11e8-92d3-6c13e5c92914 – prompts an interesting observation from well known lawyer Mark Stephens: This is “absolutely being used as a tactic…. If you commit a crime or are party … Continue reading

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BSB vs SRA on professional education: the merits of regulating providers

The Bar Standard Board’s training and education plans may provide an example of what the SRA loses by putting all its regulatory money on the regulation of competence through outcomes (and the markets that will swirl around such provision). In … Continue reading

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ODR justice audit – a link to Roger Smith’s blog

I wrote a quick post for Roger’s Smith’s blog on access to justice and technology. Roger is trying to stimulate a debate on how to monitor the success, or otherwise, of online justice programmes. His blog is great – for … Continue reading

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SQE – @legalcheek conference talk

Here is the text of my talk from Legal Cheek conference today… I’ve got ten minutes and five points, so I am going to be quick and not very nuanced. Point 1. A lesson from history I did the Law … Continue reading

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