Professor Richard Moorhead
Professor of Law
Richard Moorhead is an empirical legal scholar who has worked on lawyers’ ethics and regulation, the courts and legal services, and access to justice. Interdisciplinary in approach, he has worked alongside economists, management scientists, and psychologists in such work, as well as with judges, Parliamentarians, policy-makers, and, professional regulators and representatives.
He has led many research projects on lawyers’ ethics (for instance his 2018 book is on the Ethics of In-house Lawyers, with Vaughan and Godhino); litigants in person; quality in legal aid; the effects of funding regimes on lawyer behavior; and, legal aid reform (community legal services, public defenders and contracting in particular).
His teaching has championed new approaches to looking at lawyers and the future of legal practice. He works to bring technology and social science into more mainstream lawyerly thinking.
He was on the Data Evidence and Science Board at the Ministry of Justice and was a previous member of the Civil Justice Council, as well as the Legal Services Consultative Panel. Has advised three Select Committees legal aid inquiries and advises the Women and Equalities Select Committee on NDAs.
He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2019 and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in May 2016. He sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of the Legal Profession, and the advisory boards of the Journal of Law and Society and Ethics and Behaviour.
His academic and policy interests encourage significant levels of public engagement. He regularly speaks at home and abroad, to practitioners and academics, and has conducted training for large corporate in-house legal departments, as well as engaging regularly with the mainstream and professional press. His lawyerwatch.blog is well regarded nationally and internationally and has sometimes led debate on professional regulatory and ethics issues.
Prior to coming to Exeter as Head of School he was the inaugural Professor of Law and Professional Ethics and Vice Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Laws, UCL and a former Director of their Centre for Ethics and Law. Prior to that held a Chair at Cardiff University, where he was a Deputy Head of School.
- Lawyers, professional competence, and proessional ethics
- Design, evauation and technology in the delivery of law
- Access to justice, the courts, and alternatives
External impact and engagement
Richard has significant experience of engaging with:
- National and international governments (on access to justice and legal services regulation)
- Regulators of legal services and financial services
- Leading practitioners and practitioner groups
- Lawyers and in-house working in business, government, and the third sector
- Innovatice legal service providers and organisations working in the law tech world
- Media and press locally, nationally, and internationally
Those engagements have concentrated on legal education, professional ethics and regulation, non-disclosure agreements, and access to justice.