Archive for May, 2005

Disappearing Trials

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 at 19:48

I interviewed a lawyer today who litigates property disputes in the High Court in London. At least that’s what he thought he ought to be doing. His problem is that hardly any cases get to trial: they all settle before. Courts and the rules of civil procedure are pushing cases into the hands of alternative […]

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Monday, May 16th, 2005 at 22:38

The supposed joy of being an academic is that one has the time to think and then compose those thoughts into scintillating prose, and hopefully have some effect on the world. Rarely does it work out that way. Academics are essentially insecure beings constantly in search of praise, plaudits and power. The last one derives […]

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Fracturing Legal Profession

Friday, May 13th, 2005 at 18:20

I and two of my colleagues, Julian Webb and Andy Boon, were recently asked to write an article for the Journal of Law and Society on the proposed Training Framework Review (TFR) put forward by the UK Law Society. Both Julian and Andy worked on this review for the Law Society and are fully conversant […]

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The Research Assessment Exercise

Thursday, May 12th, 2005 at 19:21

I belong to a group called the Socio-Legal Studies Association in the UK. We hold a yearly conference, run a newsletter, and other activities including the SLSA website. Today we had an executive committee meeting and among our topics was the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). This is an interesting if vexing feature of English academic […]

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Who Am I?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 at 15:41

I am an English socio-legal professor trying out blogging for the first time. You can find my academic vita and other details on my website. This blog is for me to comment on the academy in the UK and talk about my research and reactions to it. I used the term socio-legal above, so let […]

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