Professor Lisa Webley

Professor of Empirical Legal Studies

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Lisa Webley LLB Hons (Law with French Hons) (Birm) MA (Westmin) PhD (Lond) DiplEJF (Limoges) PgDiplLP (CoL Chester) FHEA FRSA GCILEx teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the School of Law, principally constitutional and administrative law, family law, legal skills, the English legal system and research methods, with occasional classes on dispute resolution in a civil and family law context.

She is a PhD supervisor, as well as a dissertation supervisor for LLB and LLM students. She is also involved in teaching, learning and assessment policy for the LLB, as well curriculum design and quality assurance. She has been a professional tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Higher Education. She has also acted as an external examiner or adviser at a number of higher education institutions in the UK and abroad. She acts as a mentor for early career academics in the Law School.

Lisa has carried out funded empirical research for a number of public bodies and organisations including: the European Commission; the Ministry of Justice (formerly the Department for Constitutional Affairs); the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (formerly the DTI); the Law Society of England and Wales; the Legal Services Commission; the Legal Services Board; and the Victoria Law Foundation Australia. Details of some of her publications are set out below. She also undertakes academic and professional consultancy work, including consultancy for City law firms. Lisa is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, and Course Director and principal teacher on the Institute's two week intensive Introduction to Legal and Empirical Research Methods course for MPhil/PhD students.

She has also taught previously at Birkbeck College and the University of Exeter. She has held a number of visiting positions: Visiting Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney Australia (2002) and the Victoria Law Foundation, Melbourne Australia (2004); Adjunct Professor on the Dickinson Penn State School of Law semester abroad programme (2004 & 2005); Visiting Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Ohio USA (2007); Visiting Professor on the University of Stetson JD programme (2008-). She was formerly a director and trustee of the Hackney Law Centre. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Responsibilities PhD and Dissertation Supervisor Joint Module Leader Family Law Early Career Academic Mentor Professional Mentor for Learning and Teaching

Doctoral research project

Researcher: Miss Manvir Grewal(Second (i))
Project type: M.Phil.
Project stage: Active
Period: 2016 - 2024

Doctoral research project

Researcher: Mrs Emma Seagreaves(Director of studies)
Project type: M.Phil.
Project stage: Active
Period: 2015 - 2023

Doctoral research project

Researcher: Mr Christian Weiss(Second (i))
Project type: M.Phil.
Project stage: Active
Period: 2013 - 2021

Law, Rights and Reproduction: Reproductive Autonomy in Ethical Rationalism

Researcher: Mr Jack Clayton Thompson(Director of studies)
Project type: Ph.D.
Project stage: Submitted
Period: 2012 - 2016

Doctoral research project

Researcher: Miss Ewomazino Okuda(Second (ii))
Project type: Ph.D.
Project stage: Active
Period: 2012 - 2016

The EU and Players' Agents: A theoretical analysis of the EU's intervention into the regulation of players' agents in Europe

Researcher: Mr Serhat Yilmaz(Second (ii))
Project type: Ph.D.
Project stage: Examined
Period: 2011 - 2015

To what extent are the assessments by legal academics of personal injury reform, the implementation of PIAB and its subsequent outcomes in keeping with state policy of driving down costs and speeding up fair resolutions in the interests of legitimate stakeholders? Ireland – a case study.

Researcher: Ms Dorothea Dowling(Director of studies)
Project type: Ph.D.
Project stage: Active
Period: 2010 - 2018

To what extent has research conducted by the GaWC Research Network aided our understanding of large EU law firm geography?

Researcher: Mr Richard Parnham(Director of studies)
Project type: Ph.D.
Project stage: Examined
Period: 2005 - 2014

Research project

Researcher: Anna Odby(Second)
Project type: Ph.D.
Project stage: Completed
Period: 2002 - 2006
  • Family Law (LLB)
  • Public Law/Constitutional and Administrative Law (LLB)
  • Dissertation Supervision (LLB and LLM)
  • PhD Supervision Empirical Socio-Legal Research Methods (LLM and PhD)
  • Legal Skills, Legal Research and Legal Writing (LLB, LLM, PhD)

Previously:

  • Regulation of Legal Practice in the UK (US JD students, with John Flood on the Michigan State University/University of Westminster 21st Century Law Practice Summer Programme)
  • Comparative Constitutional Institutions and Law (US JD students)
  • Judicial Review (Public Sector Professionals)
  • ADR and Mediation (LLM) Legal Ethics (LLB and LLM Teaching Monographs/Textbooks Lisa Webley Legal Writing (Abingdon and New York: Routledge Cavendish)3rd edition forthcoming,(2nd ed, 2010) (1st ed, 2005)
  • Lisa Webley and Harriet Samuels Complete Public Law Text Cases and Materials 2nd ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) (1st ed, 2009).
  • Legal Profession
  • Legal System
  • Dispute Resolution including Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Public Law
When is a Family Lawyer, a Lawyer? (2016)
Webley Lisa
When is a Family Lawyer, a Lawyer? in: Maclean Mavis, Eekalaar John, Bastard Benoit (ed.) Delivering Family Justice in the 21st Century Oxford, UK Hart pp. 305-321

2016

When is a Family Lawyer, a Lawyer? (2016)
Webley Lisa
When is a Family Lawyer, a Lawyer? in: Maclean Mavis, Eekalaar John, Bastard Benoit (ed.) Delivering Family Justice in the 21st Century Oxford, UK Hart pp. 305-321
Solicitors as imagined masculine, family mediators as fictive feminine and the hybridization of divorce solicitors (2016)
Webley L
Solicitors as imagined masculine, family mediators as fictive feminine and the hybridization of divorce solicitors in: Bartlett F, Mortenson R and Tranter K (ed.) Alternative perspectives on lawyers and legal ethics Abingdon Routledge pp. 132-150
Qualitative approaches to empirical legal research (2016)
Webley L
Qualitative approaches to empirical legal research in: Cane P and Kritzer H (ed.) Oxford handbook of empirical legal research Oxford Oxford University Press pp. 926-950
The next generation of legal aid solicitors: the LSC’s Training Grants Scheme (2016)
Bacquet S, Boon A, Webley L and Whyte A
The next generation of legal aid solicitors: the LSC’s Training Grants Scheme in: Buck A (ed.) Reaching further: innovation, access and quality in legal services : papers from the Legal Services Research Centre's seventh international research conference, Reaching further, Royal Naval Academy in Greenwich, London, 18th to 20th June 2008 London Stationary Office pp. 143-165
The European criminal record in England and Wales (2016)
Webley L
The European criminal record in England and Wales in: Stefanou C and Xanthaki H (ed.) Towards a European criminal record Cambridge Cambridge University Press pp. 281-307
Paralegals (2016)
Webley L
Paralegals in: Cane P and Conaghan J (ed.) The new Oxford companion to law Oxford Oxford University Press pp. 862-863
Costs of complaining and claiming (2016)
Webley L
Costs of complaining and claiming in: Cane P and Conaghan J (ed.) The new Oxford companion to law Oxford Oxford University Press pp. 243-245
Criminal records and organised crime in England and Wales (2016)
Webley L
Criminal records and organised crime in England and Wales in: Stefanou C and Xanthaki H (ed.) Financial crime in the EU: criminal records as effective tools or missed opportunities? The Hague, Netherlands Kluwer Law International pp. 133-148
Legal Professional De(Re)Regulation, Equality, and Inclusion, and the Contested Space of Professionalism Within the Legal Market in England and Wales (2016)
Webley Lisa
Legal Professional De(Re)Regulation, Equality, and Inclusion, and the Contested Space of Professionalism Within the Legal Market in England and Wales Fordham Law Review 83 (5) 2349-2367
The Former Legal Director of the London Times, Legal Professional Privilege and the Duty Not to Mislead the Court in England and Wales (2016)
Webley Lisa
The Former Legal Director of the London Times, Legal Professional Privilege and the Duty Not to Mislead the Court in England and Wales Legal Ethics 17 (2) 310-312

2016

Legal Professional De(Re)Regulation, Equality, and Inclusion, and the Contested Space of Professionalism Within the Legal Market in England and Wales (2016)
Webley Lisa
Legal Professional De(Re)Regulation, Equality, and Inclusion, and the Contested Space of Professionalism Within the Legal Market in England and Wales Fordham Law Review 83 (5) 2349-2367
The Former Legal Director of the London Times, Legal Professional Privilege and the Duty Not to Mislead the Court in England and Wales (2016)
Webley Lisa
The Former Legal Director of the London Times, Legal Professional Privilege and the Duty Not to Mislead the Court in England and Wales Legal Ethics 17 (2) 310-312
United Kingdom: What Robinson v Solicitors Regulation Authority Tells Us about the Contested Terrain of Race and Disciplinary Processes (2016)
Webley Lisa
United Kingdom: What Robinson v Solicitors Regulation Authority Tells Us about the Contested Terrain of Race and Disciplinary Processes Legal Ethics 16 (1) 236-241
The Legal Education Training Review: Correspondent’s Report from the United Kingdom (2016)
Webley Lisa
The Legal Education Training Review: Correspondent’s Report from the United Kingdom Legal Ethics 15 (1) 140-141
Legal Ethics and the Legal Education Training Review: Correspondent’s Report from the United Kingdom (2016)
Webley Lisa
Legal Ethics and the Legal Education Training Review: Correspondent’s Report from the United Kingdom Legal Ethics 15 (2) 402-404
Gender, Hierarchy, Power and Inequality: What Sociological Theory Adds to our Understanding of Sex-Discrimination (2016)
Webley Lisa
Gender, Hierarchy, Power and Inequality: What Sociological Theory Adds to our Understanding of Sex-Discrimination Westminster Law Review 1 (1)
Law Students as Peer Mentors: Developing the Reflective Practitioner and/or Embedding Legal Learning: Correspondent’s Report from the United Kingdom (2016)
Webley, L
Law Students as Peer Mentors: Developing the Reflective Practitioner and/or Embedding Legal Learning: Correspondent’s Report from the United Kingdom Legal Ethics 14 (2) 250-251
Gate-keeper, supervisor or mentor? The role of professional bodies in the regulation and professional development of solicitors and family mediators undertaking divorce matters in England and Wales (2016)
Webley L
Gate-keeper, supervisor or mentor? The role of professional bodies in the regulation and professional development of solicitors and family mediators undertaking divorce matters in England and Wales Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 32 (2) 119-133 0964-9069
Diversity in the legal profession: a business or an ethical rationale?: correspondent's report from the United Kingdom (2016)
Webley L
Diversity in the legal profession: a business or an ethical rationale?: correspondent's report from the United Kingdom Legal Ethics 13 (2) 223-224 1460-728X
Mediation through the Birmingham court-based scheme (2016)
Webley L, Abrams P and Bacquet S
Mediation through the Birmingham court-based scheme Journal of Housing Law 9 (1) 9-12 1368-6542
The loneliness of the pro bono coordinator (2016)
Webley L
The loneliness of the pro bono coordinator Law Institute Journal 78 (12) 92 0023-9267
Legal aid and legal need (2016)
Webley L
Legal aid and legal need Law Institute Journal 78 (11) 91 0023-9267
Access key in the UK (2016)
Webley L
Access key in the UK Law Institute Journal 78 (9) 83 0023-9267
Pro bono and young solicitors: views from the front line (2016)
Webley L
Pro bono and young solicitors: views from the front line Legal Ethics 3 (2) 152-168 1460-728X

2013

Structure, agency and the career strategies of women and BME individuals in the legal profession (2013)
Tomlinson Jennifer, Muzio Daniel, Sommerlad Hilary, Webley Lisa, Duff Liz
Structure, agency and the career strategies of women and BME individuals in the legal profession Human Relations 66 (2) 245-269 0018-7267

2011

Legal ethics in the academic curriculum: correspondent’s report from the United Kingdom (2011)
Webley L
Legal ethics in the academic curriculum: correspondent’s report from the United Kingdom Legal Ethics 14 (1) 132-134 1460-728X

2007

Women solicitors as a barometer for problems within the legal profession: time to put values before profits? (2007)
Webley L and Duff L
Women solicitors as a barometer for problems within the legal profession: time to put values before profits? Journal of Law and Society 34 (3) 374-402 0263-323X

2005

Divorce solicitors and ethical approaches: the best interests of the client and/or the best interests of the family? (2005)
Webley L
Divorce solicitors and ethical approaches: the best interests of the client and/or the best interests of the family? Legal Ethics 7 (2) 231-250 1460-728X

2016

Legal Writing (3rd Edition) (2016)
Webley Lisa
Legal Writing (3rd Edition) London, UK Routledge
Complete Public Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd Edition) (2016)
Webley Lisa, Samuels Harriet
Complete Public Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd Edition) Oxford, UK Oxford University Press
Adversarialism and consensus? The professions’ construction of solicitor and family mediator identity and role (2016)
Webley L
Adversarialism and consensus? The professions’ construction of solicitor and family mediator identity and role New Orleans Quid Pro
Complete Public Law: Test Cases and Materials (2016)
Webley Lisa, Samuels Harriet
Complete Public Law: Test Cases and Materials Oxford, UK Oxford University Press
Legal writing. 2nd edition (2016)
Webley L
Legal writing. 2nd edition London, UK Cavendish Publishing
Equality and diversity: women solicitors research study 48 (2016)
Duff L and Webley L
Equality and diversity: women solicitors research study 48 London, UK Law Society
Quality and cost: final report on the contracting of Civil, Non-Family Advice and Assistance Pilot (2016)
Moorhead R, Sherr A, Webley L, Rogers S, Sherr L, Patterson A and Domberger S
Quality and cost: final report on the contracting of Civil, Non-Family Advice and Assistance Pilot London, UK The Stationary Office

2016

Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales: A qualitative study of barriers and individual choices (2016)
Sommerlad H, Webley L, Duff L, Muzio D and Tomlinson J
Diversity in the legal profession in England and Wales: A qualitative study of barriers and individual choices London Legal Services Board

2008

Evaluation of the Legal Service Commission's Training Contract Grant Scheme (2008)
Bacquet S, Boon A, Webley L and Whyte A
Evaluation of the Legal Service Commission's Training Contract Grant Scheme Legal Services Commission

2016

Evaluation of the Legal Service Commission's Training Contract Grant Scheme (2016)
Webley L
Evaluation of the Legal Service Commission's Training Contract Grant Scheme Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2008: The Impact of Legal Scholarship London School of Economics 15 - 18 Sep 2008
Encouraging the next generation of legal aid solicitors: the LSC’s Training Grants Scheme (2016)
Webley L
Encouraging the next generation of legal aid solicitors: the LSC’s Training Grants Scheme Seventh Legal Services Research Centre (LSRC) International Research Conference, "Reaching Further: New Approaches to the Delivery of Legal Services" Naval College, Greenwich, London 18 - 20 Jun 2008
A review of how other countries provide information and advice to the vulnerable on consumer and social issues (2016)
Webley L and Bacquet S
A review of how other countries provide information and advice to the vulnerable on consumer and social issues London, UK DTI
Evaluation of the Birmingham court-based Civil (non-family) mediation scheme (2016)
Webley L, Abrams P and Bacquet S
Evaluation of the Birmingham court-based Civil (non-family) mediation scheme London, UK Department for Constitutional Affairs

2016

Court-based mediation in England and Wales: are judges evading their responsibilities? (2016)
Webley L
Court-based mediation in England and Wales: are judges evading their responsibilities? Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University Ohio, Seminar Series Cleveland State University, Ohio 2007

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