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.

After the Rechtwijzer Energizer

Roger Smith has announced the end of Rechtwijzer 2.0, or rather the partnership between HiiL, Modria and the Dutch Legal Aid Board which brought us a cheap, well-designed, online dispute resolution platform. It garnered particular attention and praise for its … Continue reading

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Corporate governance and senior lawyers, more evidence…

News of Tesco’s Deferred Prosecution Agreement promises me another day combing through meticulously negotiated documents to see if in-house, or outside, lawyers were involved in the latest corporate scandal. The reason I am on the look out is I have … Continue reading

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SRA, lacking the confidence not to spin?

The SRA’s latest SQE press release caught my eye. It starts like this: Our proposals to introduce a centralised assessment for would-be solicitors could lead to improved diversity in the profession and increased social mobility, a new report says. An … Continue reading

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Some perspective on the McKenzie Friends Marketplace (Guest Post, Dr. Leanne Smith, Cardiff Uni)

This week Twitter has been alive with sharp criticism of University of Westminster undergraduate Fraser Matcham’s new McKenzie Friends Marketplace ( The concerns (to use a mild descriptor) highlighted are numerous and well outlined on blog posts by Giles Peaker … Continue reading

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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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