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.

Algorithmic Anxiety: let’s stop fighting the last war and focus on the future

I have been teaching about the ethics of innovation this week. As a result, I have been doing a good deal of reading. It is an area which, burgeoning in Science and Technology Studies for some time, is beginning to develop in … Continue reading

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In-house lawyers, equity-based remuneration, and improved governance

In a fascinating paper, Executive lawyers: gatekeepers or strategic officers? Morse, Wang and Wu seek to measure the influence of individual lawyers in explaining variances in compliance, monitoring, and business development on public corporations in the US. Their claims are … Continue reading

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Gross earnings at the bar

Legalfutures report today on the Bar Council getting permission to plug a pensions gap through raised Practising Certificate fees. The story contains interesting data on Barrister’ earnings.  It seems these must be gross earnings (I assume therefore the numbers do … Continue reading

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Innovation and the Big Mo

Political campaigns, and the journalists that surround them, love to talk of the big Mo. Momentum. Legal aid’s very own Jeremy Corbyn lookalike, Roger Smith,* has prayed in aid the idea that innovation momentum is on the up (follow his blog … Continue reading

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Rolls Royce Service – risk, compliance, and ethics: where were the lawyers?

Readers of this blog will be familiar with my posts on the tensions inherent in a lawyers’ duties to their clients and their duties to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice. Readers interested in the … Continue reading

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Lawyers learning about prediction

Just before Christmas, the Lord Chief Justice gave his senior brothers in the legal profession a bit of a Christmas present. In a speech to legal practitioners in his homeland of Wales, he warned them of their impending redundancy, saying: … Continue reading

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Women QCs: a quick look at the data

The MoJ’s press release on recent QC appointments says this, “More female and black and minority ethnic candidates have been appointed Queen’s Counsel than ever before.” And the QC appointments panel data says this, “We are pleased that the number … Continue reading

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