Elizabeth Duff

Head of Westminster Law School

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

Head, Westminster Law School

Liz has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the Westminster Law School, principally contract and torts, legal skills, the English Legal System and research methods. She currently combines her research interest in diversity in the legal profession with her teaching teaching through the Legal Profession and Legal Services. 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 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.

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. Details of some of her publications are set out below.

Responsibilities

  • Head of School
  • Member of Faculty Executive Group
  • Member of Academic Council
  • LLB Contract
  • LLB Legal Profession and Legal Services
  • Research Methods

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

 

2016

Diversity and Inclusion As the Key to Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms? (2016)
Webley, L. and Duff, L. 2016. Diversity and Inclusion As the Key to Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms? in: Mottershead, T. (ed.) Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms National Association for Law Placement. pp. 235-254
Access to a Career in the Legal Profession in England and Wales: Race, Class, and the Role of Educational Background (2016)
Webley, L., Tomlinson, J., Muzio, D., Sommerlad, H. 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. (ed.) Diversity In Practice: Race, Gender, and Class in Legal and Professional Careers Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 198-225

2013

Structure, agency and the career strategies of women and BME individuals in the legal profession (2013)
Tomlinson, J., Muzio, D., Sommerlad, H., Webley, L. and Duff, L. 2013. Structure, agency and the career strategies of women and BME individuals in the legal profession. Human Relations. 66 (2), pp. 245-269.

2007

Women solicitors as a barometer for problems within the legal profession: time to put values before profits? (2007)
Webley, L. and Duff, L. 2007. Women solicitors as a barometer for problems within the legal profession: time to put values before profits? Journal of Law and Society. 34 (3), pp. 374-402.

2001

Career paths and choices in a highly differentiated profession: the position of newly qualified solicitors (2001)
Boon, A., Duff, L. and Shiner, M. 2001. Career paths and choices in a highly differentiated profession: the position of newly qualified solicitors. Modern Law Review. 64 (4), pp. 563-594.

2010

Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales: A qualitative study of barriers and individual choices (2010)
Sommerlad, H., Webley, L., Duff, L., Muzio, D. and Tomlinson, J. 2010. Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales: A qualitative study of barriers and individual choices. London Legal Services Board.

2004

Equality and diversity: women solicitors research study 48 (2004)
Duff, L. and Webley, L. 2004. Equality and diversity: women solicitors research study 48. London, UK Law Society.

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