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Legal research often involves the interpretation of statute and court judgments, in other words what the law is.  However the use of other empirical research techniques provides us with a means to examine how well the law and legal system are functioning, and to consider the make-up and working methods of the legal profession.  This lecture will focus on findings from a range of empirical studies with which Professor Webley has been involved and will explain what they tell us about the nature of the legal profession.  Professor Webley will focus on findings that dispel some of the myths associated with legal practice as well as some that confirm firmly held views. 

Professor Lisa Webley

Lisa Webley is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Westminster and is a member of its Centre for the Legal Profession and Legal Services.  She teaches public law, family law and empirical research methods.  Her research is predominantly empirical socio-legal research examining the legal profession and legal services much of which has been funded by public bodies and institutional funders including: the European Commission, the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Department for Trade and Industry, The Higher Education Academy, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Legal Services Board, the Legal Services Commission, and the Victoria Law Foundation Australia.  Her current research focus is on the education and training of lawyers, the influence of new models of legal practice on legal ethics, and the diversity of the legal profession.  

Professor Webley holds a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London. She has previously taught at Birkbeck College and the University of Exeter. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy. She has held visiting positions at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; the Victoria Law Foundation, Melbourne Australia; and at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA.  She is author of two text books: Legal Writing, and Complete Public Law Text Cases & Materials (with Harriet Samuels).

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