Professor Lisa Webley

Professor of Empirical Legal Studies

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Lisa Webley LLB Hons (Law with French Hons) (Birm) MA (Legal Practice) MA (Higher Education) (Westmin) PhD (Lond) Cert.Soc. (Birkbeck) DiplEJF (Limoges) PgDiplLP (CoL Chester) SFHEA 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 has been Faculty Research Director for Social Sciences and Humanities since 2013. She is a LLB/LLM/MA/ PhD supervisor and holder of the OUP Law Teacher of the Year Award 2016. She sits on the Law Society of England and Wales' Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Academic Committee of the Civil Mediation Council.

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 Trade and Industry; the Law Society of England and Wales; the Legal Services Commission; the Legal Services Board; and the Victoria Law Foundation Australia.  She also undertakes academic and professional consultancy work, including consultancy for City law firms. Lisa is also a Senior 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. 

  • Family Law (LLB) Joint module leader
  • Public Law/Constitutional and Administrative Law (LLB)
  • Dissertation Supervision (LLB/ LLM/MA)
  • 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 
  • Textbooks 
  • Lisa Webley Legal Writing 4th ed (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2016) 
  • Lisa Webley and Harriet Samuels Complete Public Law Text Cases and Materials 3rd ed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) .
  • Equality and Diversity in the Legal Profession, Legal Profession Regulation 
  • Access to Justice
  • Dispute Resolution including Mediation
  • Family Law
  • Public Law
  • Legal Education

2016

Stumbling Blocks in Empirical Legal Research: Case Study Research (2016)
Webley, L.
Stumbling Blocks in Empirical Legal Research: Case Study Research Law and Method 2352-7927
Interception of communications and legal professional privilege and the rule of law (2016)
Webley, L.
Interception of communications and legal professional privilege and the rule of law Legal Ethics 19 (1) 173-176 1460-728X

2015

Legal Professional De(Re)Regulation, Equality, and Inclusion, and the Contested Space of Professionalism Within the Legal Market in England and Wales (2015)
Webley, L.
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

2014

The Former Legal Director of the London Times, Legal Professional Privilege and the Duty Not to Mislead the Court in England and Wales (2014)
Webley, L.
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

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.
Structure, agency and the career strategies of women and BME individuals in the legal profession Human Relations 66 (2) 245-269 0018-7267
United Kingdom: What Robinson v Solicitors Regulation Authority Tells Us about the Contested Terrain of Race and Disciplinary Processes (2013)
Webley, L.
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

2012

The Legal Education Training Review: Correspondent’s Report from the United Kingdom (2012)
Webley, L.
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 (2012)
Webley, L.
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 (2012)
Webley, L.
Gender, Hierarchy, Power and Inequality: What Sociological Theory Adds to our Understanding of Sex-Discrimination Westminster Law Review 1 (1) 37-42

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
Law Students as Peer Mentors: Developing the Reflective Practitioner and/or Embedding Legal Learning: Correspondent’s Report from the United Kingdom (2011)
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

2010

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 (2010)
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 (2010)
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

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

2006

Mediation through the Birmingham court-based scheme (2006)
Webley, L., Abrams, P. and Bacquet, S.
Mediation through the Birmingham court-based scheme Journal of Housing Law 9 (1) 9-12 1368-6542

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

2004

The loneliness of the pro bono coordinator (2004)
Webley, L.
The loneliness of the pro bono coordinator Law Institute Journal 78 (12) 92 0023-9267
Legal aid and legal need (2004)
Webley, L.
Legal aid and legal need Law Institute Journal 78 (11) 91 0023-9267
Access key in the UK (2004)
Webley, L.
Access key in the UK Law Institute Journal 78 (9) 83 0023-9267

2001

Pro bono and young solicitors: views from the front line (2001)
Webley, L.
Pro bono and young solicitors: views from the front line Legal Ethics 3 (2) 152-168 1460-728X

2016

Legal Writing (4th edition) (2016)
Webley, L.
Legal Writing (4th edition) Abingdon Routledge

2015

Complete Public Law Text, Cases and Materials, 3rd edition (2015)
Webley, L. and Samuels, H.
Complete Public Law Text, Cases and Materials, 3rd edition Oxford Oxford University Press

2013

Legal Writing (3rd Edition) (2013)
Webley, L.
Legal Writing (3rd Edition) London, UK Routledge

2012

Complete Public Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd Edition) (2012)
Webley, L. and Samuels, H.
Complete Public Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2nd Edition) Oxford, UK Oxford University Press

2010

Adversarialism and consensus? The professions’ construction of solicitor and family mediator identity and role (2010)
Webley, L.
Adversarialism and consensus? The professions’ construction of solicitor and family mediator identity and role New Orleans Quid Pro

2009

Complete Public Law: Test Cases and Materials (2009)
Webley, L. and Samuels, H.
Complete Public Law: Test Cases and Materials Oxford, UK Oxford University Press
Legal writing. 2nd edition (2009)
Webley, L.
Legal writing. 2nd edition London, UK Cavendish Publishing

2004

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

2001

Quality and cost: final report on the contracting of Civil, Non-Family Advice and Assistance Pilot (2001)
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

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.
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

2015

European Citizenship, Freedom, Security, Justice and Equality (2015)
Webley, L.
European Citizenship, Freedom, Security, Justice and Equality in: European Citizenship Challenges and Opportunities Porto Portugal Universidade Catolica Editora Porto pp. 143-162
When is a Family Lawyer, a Lawyer? (2015)
Webley, L.
When is a Family Lawyer, a Lawyer? in: Mavis Maclean, John Eekalaar and Bastard Benoit (ed.) Delivering Family Justice in the 21st Century Oxford, UK Hart pp. 305-321

2011

Solicitors as imagined masculine, family mediators as fictive feminine and the hybridization of divorce solicitors (2011)
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

2010

Qualitative approaches to empirical legal research (2010)
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

2009

The next generation of legal aid solicitors: the LSC’s Training Grants Scheme (2009)
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

2008

The European criminal record in England and Wales (2008)
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 (2008)
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 (2008)
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

2005

Criminal records and organised crime in England and Wales (2005)
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
Diversity and Inclusion As the Key to Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms? ()
Webley, L. and Duff, L. Diversity and Inclusion As the Key to Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms? in: Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms National Association for Law Placement
When is mediation mediatory and when is it really adjudicatory? Religion, Norms and decision-making ()
Webley, L. When is mediation mediatory and when is it really adjudicatory? Religion, Norms and decision-making in: Mediation and Religious Arbitration: Thinking through issues of Gender Equality and Justice in Family Law Disputes University of New England Press

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.
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

2006

A review of how other countries provide information and advice to the vulnerable on consumer and social issues (2006)
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 (2006)
Webley, L., Abrams, P. and Bacquet, S.
Evaluation of the Birmingham court-based Civil (non-family) mediation scheme London, UK Department for Constitutional Affairs

2008

Evaluation of the Legal Service Commission's Training Contract Grant Scheme (2008)
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 (2008)
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

2007

Court-based mediation in England and Wales: are judges evading their responsibilities? (2007)
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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