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CEL Director appointed to Harvard Fellowship at Edmond J. Safra Center

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CEL Audience

Richard Moorhead has been awarded an Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellow at Harvard University to work on the project 'Do Values and Professionalism Change During Law School?' which looks at the professionalism, values and ethical decision making of law students in the US and UK, with Maryam Kouchaki (North Western), Stephen Galoob (Tulsa) and Rachil Cahill-O’Callaghan (Cardiff).  The UK limb of the project is part-funded by the Legal Education Foundation.

Moorhead tells leading practitioners, City lawyers are part of the precarious professionalism problem

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Richard Moorhead

Richard Moorhead gave an invited lecture to Law Society Council members and invited City leaders from the legal profession this week. He told them research evidence and a series of recent scandals pointed to the professions need to sharpen up its act on ethics and that even the leading firms had been tainted by difficulty. He also discussed how the cutting edge developments in legal services were increasingly being led from outside of law as a profession and a discipline and that this posed a major threat to lawyers and legal educators which required significant investment.

CEL Director Comments on Recruitment and Diversity at the Bar

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Lady Justice, The Old Bailey

In an article by Frances Gibb for The Times, Richard Moorhead comments on the results of a recent Bar Council/Bar Standards Board survey which show that Oxbridge degrees and secondary schooling are important factors in recruitment and promotion to the rank of Queen’s Counsel at the Bar.  In particular, the research shows that once the impact of a candidates length of call, degree grade and law school has been taken account of where a candidate went to school until the age of 18 made a significant difference to whether they achieved silk.  He commented:"With serious problems at both ends of the profession, not all of which can be blamed on legal aid cuts, the recruitment and promotion practices at the Bar remain a serious impediment to a diverse judiciary"

CEL Director on Baroness Butler Sloss' Resignation from Child Abuse Inquiry

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Richard Moorhead

Writing on 9 July on his blog Lawyer Watch, CEL Director Richard Moorhead predicted Baroness Butler Sloss' resignation from her position leading the Home Office inquiry into historic child abuse, saying that as soon as it became clear she may have to investiagte matters alleged to have involved her brother-in-law - former Attorney General, Sir Michael Havers - that she would be left with little option.

Is sustainability improving corporate and professional ethics?

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Richard Moorhead

In an article for Legal Business, CEL Director, Richard Moorhead discusses whether sustainability is affecting corporate and professional ethics in a positive way, how sustainability may be interpreted and how it might change the legal role.

CEL Director comments on Canadian reform of professional regulation

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CEL Director comments on Canadian reform of professional regulation

Richard Moorhead comments on the potential ABS reform in Canada which would allow outside investment in law firms.

Video Available of Lawrence Lessig Delivering CEL Annual Lecture 2014

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Professor Lawrence Lessig

A video is now available of Professor Lawrence 'Larry' Lessig delivering the Centre for Ethics & Law Annual Lecture on 14 March 2014 in which Professor Lessig introduces the idea of “institutional corruption,” and uses it to understand pathologies in important public institutions, especially the United States Congress

Do Values and Professionalism Change During Law School? CEL Awarded LEF Grant

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The Legal Education Foundation

The Centre for Ethics and Law has been awarded research funding by the Legal Education Foundation to explore whether and how values and professionalism change as students progress through law school.

ULL Honorary Professor, Stephen Mayson joins the Centre for Ethics and Law

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MAYSON, Prof Stephen

Previously head of the University of Law’s Legal Services Institute, he will be attached to the Centre for Ethics and Law at UCL’s Faculty of Laws. Professor Mayson will contribute to the centre’s engagement with the professions, policymakers and academics around ethics and professional regulation through its regular seminars and think tanks, as well as through papers and research.

Commercial awareness and the lawyer’s moral compass

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Prof Richard Moorhead will be giving a keynote address at Managing Partners’ 7th Compliance for Law Firms Conference on 2-3 April in London. He will highlight work underway at UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Laws examining how lawyers cope with legal risk and professional ethics. What are the tensions between commercial awareness and professional ethics; are lawyers fit to provide a moralcompass; what difficulties are posed for lawyers as managers of legal risk?

Centre Director Comments on Extraordinary Criticisms of Leading Law Firm

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Clifford Chance has come under scrutiny in a case about professional conduct. Professor Richard Moorhead, Centre for Ethics & Law Director, explores further in an article for Legal Week, looking at the roles of clients, witnesses and solicitors.

CEL Director Suggests Legal Aid Cuts Will Hit Quality and May Hasten Fusion

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Centre Director, Richard Moorhead has discussed legal aid reform with The Economist. Government reforms are designed to promote efficiency and respond to the need for a reduced deficit. They will also almost certainly reduce quality.

CELs Seminar on the Future for Ombudsmen

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A recent seminar hosted with the Legal Services Consumer Panel has identified threats as well as opportunities for ombudsmen in the light of the EU’s ADR directive.  Whilst doubts remain about how Government will implement the directive, there should also be reason for optimism. Over time the ombudsman model has quickly grown and replaced the courts as the main vehicle for resolving disputes between consumers and businesses. It has proved to be a resilient, flexible and effective model that has gained the support of government, consumers and businesses and is well placed to meet the challenges ahead.

Julie Ball Joins Legal Risk Project

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Julie Ball

Julie Ball has joined the Centre for Ethics and Law as a researcher on the Legal Risk, Ethics and Compliance: Legal and Compliance Perspectives project which looks at how in-house legal and compliance teams define and manage legal risk. Julie was previously Judicial Clerk for the Chief Justice of the Irish Supreme Court.

JK Rowling's Outing - Comment by R Moorhead

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Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law - Richard Moorhead - comments on the outing of JK Rowling by her solicitor ....

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