Previous CEL Events

Consumer Finance, Payments and Security

Publication date:

Start: Apr 25, 2017 6:00:00 PM
End: Apr 25, 2017 7:30:00 PM


  • Ned Beale (Partner, Trowers & Hamlins LLP)
  • Ian Benson (Cyber Director, Financial Services, PwC)
  • Alan Brener (UCL Centre for Ethics and Law, Queen Mary University of London)
  • Emily Cox (Emily Cox, Lead Lawyer, Which)

Ethics, computer systems and the professions

Publication date:

Start: Mar 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

A workshop organised by the Centre for Ethics & Law

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Governing Shadow Banking

Publication date:

Start: Feb 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM
End: Mar 24, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Friday 24 March 2017, 09:00 - 17:30

Academic Convenors:
Professor Iris Chiu
(Professor of Corporate Law and Financial Regulation, Centre for Ethics and the Law, UCL)
Iain MacNeil (Alexander Stone Chair of Commercial Law, University of Glasgow)

Corruption and the Ethical Dimension

Publication date:

Start: Dec 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Thursday, 1 December 2016


Issues in Open Justice

Publication date:

Start: Nov 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Issues in Open Justice has been organised by
UCL Centre for Criminal Law and the UCL Centre for Ethics & Law

Legal Services Act – The Sequel

Publication date:

Start: Nov 14, 2016 6:15:00 PM
End: Nov 14, 2016 7:30:00 PM

UCL Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre (G08) Roberts Building, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE


Sir Michael Pitt (Chairman, Legal Services Board)
Neil Rose (Founder and Editor, Legal Futures)
Iain Miller (Partner, Bevan Brittan)
Christina Blacklaws (Deputy Vice President, The Law Society)

Professor Richard Moorhead (Professor of Law and Professional Ethics and Vice Dean-Research, UCL Faculty of Laws)

About the talk:
An opportunity to discuss and debate the Legal Services Board’s recent ‘Vision for legislative reform’. A line-up of eminent speakers explore the issues raised, and whether (and if so, how) the current framework for regulation should evolve to keep up with a rapidly changing environment.

We encourage all attending to have a peruse of the Vision Paper ahead of the event.

About the speakers:
Sir Michael Pitt has been appointed as the second Chairman of the Legal Services Board (LSB), and took up post on 1 May 2014. The appointment was made by the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice.

Mike graduated from University College London with a first class honours degree in Engineering. During the first half of his career he was involved in the planning, design and construction of transport and other infrastructure in this country and abroad, working for the private and public sectors. He has held Directorships in the country’s largest local authorities. From 1990 to 2005 he was Chief Executive of Cheshire and Kent County Councils.

More recently, he has worked on a wide range of consultancy assignments, including a year-long appointment as independent Chair of the Government’s review of the 2007 floods. He has also been Chair of a number of other organisations including NHS South West, two companies and a charity. His most recent post before becoming Chairman of the LSB was as Chair and Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate.

Neil Rose is a qualified solicitor and has been a legal journalist for more than 20 years. He is the founder and editor of Legal Futures, a news-driven website providing market intelligence for law firms of the future. He is a recognised market commentator on ABSs, legal regulation and the future of the market. He also runs Litigation Futures, the first independent website dedicated to costs, funding and the Jackson reforms.

In 2014, he won the Legal Journalism of the Year award at the Halsbury Legal Awards. Neil has freelanced for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian and The Times. He is also a co-director of Black Letter PR, a specialist public relations agency for the legal sector.

Iain Miller is Head of Regulation at Bevan Brittan LLP and General Editor of Cordery on Legal Services.  He specialises in legal services regulation where he acts for a range of clients including law firms and in house solicitors as well as the SRA, BSB and CILEx.  His recent cases have included acting for the BSB in Lumsdon v LSB [2016] AC 697 and acting for the Law Society and the Bar Council in Hemming v Westminster City Council [2015] AC 1600.  In Chambers 2016 he is ranked as a Star Individual for Professional Discipline and in Band 1 for Administrative and Public Law.

Christina Blacklaws studied Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1991. A family lawyer by background, she has successfully run and managed both large scale high-street and virtual law firms. Christina set up the Co-operative Legal Services family law offering in 2011 and then moved into the role of Director of Policy.

Christina now holds the role of  Chief Operating Officer at a top 100 firm, Cripps LLP and is responsible for strategic change and operational management.

Christina has an extensive record of high-profile representative roles, which currently includes a public appointment as an executive member of the Family Justice Council.

She is a long-standing member of the Law Society’s Council, representing the Women Lawyers Division; the author of numerous articles, a well-known speaker and lecturer and a frequent media commentator.

Corruption and the Ethical Corporation

Publication date:

Start: Dec 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 1, 2016 7:15:00 PM

In association with the INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ETHICS

Issues in Open Justice

Publication date:

Start: Nov 30, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Nov 30, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Wednesday 30 November 2016, 18:00 - 19:30, followed by a reception

Issues in Open Justice has been organised by
UCL Centre for Criminal Law and the UCL Centre for Ethics & Law

Bank Resolution Regimes – What’s next?

Publication date:

Start: Nov 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM
End: Nov 9, 2016 5:30:00 PM

This one day event will explore the ‘evolution of international and national regulatory bank resolution frameworks that were created following the 2007 global financial crisis with a view to ensuring that when banks fail they do so in an orderly manner’.

About this event:

Bank resolution is a process by which the authorities intervene to manage the failure of a bank with the aim of ensuring that the adverse effects of that failure are minimised. This conference brings together academics, practitioners and regulators to discuss different perspectives in establishing a bank resolution regime: from recent reforms that are aimed at completing the regime to lessons learned from past bank failures.

Topics that will be covered:

The Changing Legal Services Marketplace: A View From Across the Pond

Publication date:

Start: Oct 11, 2016 6:30:00 PM
End: Oct 11, 2016 7:30:00 PM


Speaker: Mark Cohen (Georgetown University Law Centre)

A New Milestone in Corporate Regulation

Publication date:

Start: Sep 30, 2016 1:00:00 PM
End: Sep 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM

This talk will focus on Procedural Legalisation, Standards of Transnational Corporate Behaviour and Lessons from Financial Regulation and Anti-Bribery Regulation.

Change in Financial Sector Conduct?

Publication date:

Start: Sep 27, 2016 6:00:00 PM
End: Sep 27, 2016 7:30:00 PM

This event will explore ‘Critical Discussions and Proposal on Law, Regulation and Enforcement’


Mapping the Moral Compass of In-House Lawyers

Publication date:

Start: Jun 2, 2016 6:00:00 PM


Paul Gilbert (LBC Wise Counsel)
- will introduce the Ethical Leadership Initiative

Professor Richard Moorhead (UCL Laws and Centre for Ethics & Law)
- will outline the research findings

Chair: Professor Stephen Mayson (Centre for Ethics & Law)
- will Chair a discussion with participants from the floor

40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Publication date:

Start: Apr 27, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Prof. Dr. Roel Nieuwenkamp (Chair of the OECD Working party on Responsible Business Conduct)

Dr Maddalena Neglia (University College London)

About the talk:
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the ‘OECD Guidelines’) are the most comprehensive international standards for corporate responsibility. They cover all major areas of business ethics, from environmental matters to corporate responsibility for the protection of human rights and labour relations. A unique feature of the OECD Guidelines is that they are accompanied by a legally binding obligation for governments to set up National Contact Points (‘NCPs’), which promote the OECD Guidelines and handle complaints about organisations operating within that jurisdiction. The Centre for Ethics and Law is delighted to mark the 40th Anniversary of the OECD Guidelines by welcoming Professor Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, to discuss the development and impact of the Guidelines since their introduction in 1976 and to examine the recent political momentum to strengthen the NCP system.

About the speaker:
Prof. Dr. Roel Nieuwenkamp studied Economics, Law and Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He worked at the European Commission and was a consultant in New Zealand. He worked for several years as management consultant at Arthur Andersen. In 1998 he became interim manager at the Ministry of Education. From 2001 until August 2006 he was managing director of the Entrepreneurship Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. From September 2006 until May 2013, he was managing director of the International Trade Policy & Economic Governance Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. His responsibilities concerned trade policy (WTO), investment treaties, corporate responsibility, and the regulation of weapons and strategic goods. Next to his job he wrote his PhD dissertation about the interaction between ministers and top civil servants. From 2010 to 2014 he was part-time Professor of Public Administration at the University of Amsterdam. He still teaches at several universities.

Roel was Chair of the OECD Working Party on International Investment and in that capacity chaired the sensitive negotiations on the 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. He chaired the Voluntary Principles for Security & Human Rights in the Extractives Industries in 2009 and 2013.

Since June 2013 Roel has been Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct. A unique Intergovernmental Working Group focused on Corporate Responsibility, based on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. He provides leadership to the unique complaints mechanism of the OECD Guidelines, the National Contact Point system. Besides, as Chair he leads the body of governments overseeing the corporate responsibility work of the OECD, including sectoral programs for the financial, mining, garment, and agricultural sectors.


Workshop on Business and Human Rights

Publication date:

Start: Apr 19, 2016 6:00:00 PM


  • Anna Triponel (Business and Human Rights Advisor)
  • Dr. Hans Christoph Hirt (Executive Director. Co-Head of Hermes EOS Engagement Hermes Equity Ownership Services Ltd)
  • Robin Brooks (Partner Norton Rose Fulbright)

Experts, Crowds & Algorithms: The Three Forms of (Legal) Prediction

Publication date:

Start: Mar 7, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Speaker: Professor Daniel Martin Katz (Illinois Tech – Chicago Kent College Law)
Discussant: Matt Whalley

Micro States in a Time of Change

Publication date:

Start: Mar 23, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Chair: Dr Iris H-Y Chiu (UCL Faculty of Laws)

Workshop on Behavioural Public Policy: Theory and Practice

Publication date:

Start: Nov 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Monday 9 November 2015, 10:00 - 18:00


Professor Richard Moorhead, University College London

Law and Distributive Struggle in Global Political Economy

Publication date:

Start: Nov 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Prof David Kennedy

Thursday 12 November 2015, 18:00 - 19:30

Speaker: Professor David Kennedy (Harvard Law School)

Compliance Rot in the Financial Services Industry

Publication date:

Start: Oct 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Erik F Gerding book cover

Friday 16 October 2015, 13:00-14:00 (followed by reception)

UCL Pavilion (Main Quad), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Do COLPs Replace or Replenish the Solicitors' Professionalism?

Publication date:

Start: Mar 1, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Seminar format discussion aimed at regulators, academics and practitioners.

Speakers: Professor Joan Loughrey (University of Leeds) and Sundeep Aulakh (Leeds University Business School)

Jonathan Kembery (Global Risk & Compliance Director, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)


This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA and BSB

Do Institutional Clients Threaten Lawyer Independence?

Publication date:

Start: Jan 13, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 at 6pm

Seminar format discussion aimed at regulators, academics and practitioners.

Prescriptive and judgement-based regulation of financial services: Are they compatible?

Publication date:

Start: Mar 10, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Financial Regulation

The financial crisis has ushered in not only more regulation but a regulatory approach that is more surveillance-based, judgment dependent and pre-emptive in nature. This is set against a background of increased distrust of financial institutions by the public, media and regulators. 

How independent lawyer monitors and investigators contribute to corporate ethics

Publication date:

Start: Mar 25, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 25, 2015 8:00:00 PM


Speaker: Lord Gold, David Gold & Associates

On the Historicity of Financial Crime

Publication date:

Start: Feb 10, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Historicity of Financial Crime

The Origins of Modern Financial Crime: Historical foundations and current problems in Britain (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014) provides a multidisciplinary analysis of ‘the problem’ of financial crime in the ‘commercial sphere’ in Britain. 

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