UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Richard Moorhead

Prof Richard Moorhead

Honorary Professor

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Jun 2012

Research summary

His work focuses on lawyers’ ethics, legal services, professional competence, the regulation of legal services and access to justice. 

Often employing empirical methods, both quantitative and qualitative, he has conducted a wide range of studies, including for the Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Board, Civil Justice Council, the Solicitors' Regulation Authority, Inns of Court College of Advocacy (formerly the Advocacy Training Council) and the Law Society.  This work includes a wide array of evaluations looking at ethical capacity; delivery and contracting mechanisms for lawyers in legal aid programmes; solicitor complaints mechanisms; and, legal funding and the ethical issues associated with those.

Recent work includes:

  • a US and UK study of the values, professional and moral outlook of law students; 

  • the ethical capacities of new advocates

  • mapping the moral compass of in-house lawyers and the ethics of corporate lawyers.

Teaching summary

Lawyers: Practice and Ethics (LLB)

The Future of Legal Practice (LLM)

Law and Social Inquiry (LLB)


Richard Moorhead took up the first Chair in Law and Professional Ethics at University College London, Faculty of Laws, in 2012. He was Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law until 2016.   He has been a member of the Civil Justice Council and the Lord Chancellor’s advisory committee on legal ethics, the Legal Services Consultative Panel. He has also served as Specialist Adviser to what is now the Justice Select Committee. He sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of the Legal profession and the advisory board of the Journal and Law and Society.

He is also a keen blogger (http:\\lawyerwatch.wordpress.com).  His blogs are regularly syndicated in the legal press and he appears regularly in print and broadcast media.  

You can also follow him on twitter @richardmoorhead .