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Liz Duff LLB Hons (Business Law) MSc (City) Cert Ed

CEDR Accredited Mediator 

Head, Westminster Law School

Liz has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the Westminster Law School, principally contract, 21st Century Law and socio legal research methods. She currently combines her research interest in diversity in the legal profession and academia with her teaching through the 21st Century Law and supervising PG students. Liz is also a PhD supervisor and supports LLB students as a Personal Academic Tutor and dissertation supervisor. As Head of School Liz is primarily involved in academic management, teaching, learning and assessment policy, as well curriculum design and quality assurance. She has been a consultant to the UKCLE on matters of LLB curriculum and widening participation and has also advised a number of universities on this area. Liz was also one of the founders of the Law & Diversity programme at the University of Westminster School of Law.

Liz has carried out funded empirical research for a number of organisations including the Legal Services Board, Law Society of England and Wales and has undertaken consultancy work for magic circle law firms. Liz has given or contributed to a number of conference papers including at the Law & Society Association/Canadian Law and Society Association; Socio-Legal Studies Association and the International Legal Ethics Conference. 

Liz was on secondment to the Vice Chancellor's Student Experience Project from 2006-8 and was the Senior Project Director liaising with all branches of the University to assist in the Vice Chancellor's strategic development.

Responsibilities

  • Head of School
  • Member of College Executive Group
  • Member of editorial board for University of Westminster Press Board

Teaching

  • LLB Contract
  • LLB 21st Century Law 
  • Research Methods

Research

Drivers Behind the Diversity Experience of the Legal market in England and Wales (2010) Funded by the Legal Services Board (statutory body) with Lisa Webley, Hilary Sommerlad, Daniel Muzio, Jennifer Tomlinson

A copy of the report can be found on the regulator’s website: https://research.legalservicesboard.org.uk/wp-content/media/2010-Diversity-in-the-legal-profession.pdf

Equality and Diversity Women Solicitors Research Study 48 Volume II Qualitative Findings and Literature Review (2004) Funded by the Law Society of England and Wales (professional body) with Lisa Webley available on Law Society website or see: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1392835

Duff L. and Webley L. Equality and Diversity Women Solicitors Research Study 48 Volume II Qualitative Findings and Literature Review (London: The Law Society, 2004) ISBN 185328 972 8

Duff, E. (Liz), Shiner, M., Boon, A., and Whyte, A. (2000) Entry into the Legal Professions: Law Student Cohort Study  Law Society Research Study No 39 (London: The Law Society) ISBN 1853287407

Webley, L., Tomlinson, J., Sommerlad, H., Muzio, D. and Duff, L., (2016) ‘Access to a Career in the Legal Profession in England and Wales: Race, Class, and the Role of Educational Background’ in Headworth S., Nelson R.L., Dinovitzer R., and Wilkins D.B. (eds) Diversity in Practice  Race, Gender and Class in Legal and P professional Careers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2016). ISBN 9781107123656