Professor Lisa Webley

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Professor Lisa Webley
LLB Hons (Law with French Hons) (Birm) MA (Westmin) PhD (Lond) DiplEJF (Limoges) PgDiplLP (CoL Chester) FHEA FRSA
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
University of Westminster School of Law 4-12 Little Titchfield Street London W1W 7UW
+44 (0)so 7911 5000 Ext 2574
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Gender studies, International Law, Social Sciences
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Professor Webley teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the School of Law, principally constitutional and administrative 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 is 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.

Professor Webley 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.

Professor Webley 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.

Spoken Written
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Publication Details

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28-Sep-2017 Great Debates in Gender and the Legal Profession’

Journal articles

 in Auchmuty, R. (ed) ‘Great Debates in Gender and Law (Palgrave MacMillian)

15-Jun-2017 When is mediation mediatory and when is it really adjudicatory? Religion, Norms and decision-making

Journal articles

in Bano, S. and Pierce, J.L. (ed) Mediation and Religious Arbitration: Thinking through issues of Gender Equality and Justice in Family Law Disputes (University Press of New England).

18-May-2017 Chapter 7: Diversity and Inclusion As the Key to Innovation in Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms

Journal articles

in T. Mortensen (ed) Law Firms” in Mottershead, T. (ed) Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms (NALP, 2017).

20-Oct-2016 Stumbling Blocks in Empirical Legal Research: Case Study Research

Journal articles

 Journal of Law and Method open access:

03-Oct-2016 Interception of communications and legal professional privilege and the rule of law


Legal Ethics. 19 (1) 173-176.

04-May-2016 Developing Students’ Legal Writing Skills


 J. Guth and C Ashford (eds) The Law Academics Handbook (Palgrave).

14-Apr-2016 Access to a Career in the Legal Profession in England and Wales: Race, Class and the Role of Educational Background

Journal articles

in R. Nelson, S. Headworth, R. Dinovitzer, D.Wilkins (eds) Diversity in Practice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

28-Jan-2016 Legal Writing 4th ed

Edited Book

London: Routledge Publishing

14-Jan-2016 Success is Diversity of Thought, Diversity of Talent


in Apollo Project Architects of Meritocracy available at:

01-Jan-2012 Complete Public Law: Text Cases & Materials 2nd Ed.


with Samuels, H. Oxford University Press, pp 720 ISBN-978-0-19-969456-3

01-Jan-2010 Gate-Keeper, Supervisor or Mentor? The Role of Professional Bodies in the Regulation and Prfessional Development of Solicitors and Family Mediators Undertaking Divorce Matters In England and Wales

Journal articles

32(2) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 119-133

01-Jan-2010 Part III doing Empirical Legal Studies Research

Chapter 38 - Qualitative Approaches to ELS in Cane, P & Kritzer, H (eds), Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Studies (Oxford University Press)926-950

01-Jan-2010 Solicitors as Imagined Masculine, Family Mediators as Fictive Feminine and the Hybridisation of Divorce Solicitors

Journal articles

Mortensen, R., Bartlett, F. & Tranter, K. (eds) Alternative Perspectives on Lawyers and Legal Ethics: Reimagining the Profession (Sydney: Routledge-Cavendish) 132-150

01-Jan-2010 Diversity in the Legal Profession in England and Wales: A Qualitative Study of Barriers and Individual Choices


With Sommerlad H., Duff, L., Muzio, D., Tomlinson, J. London: Legal Services Board

01-Jan-2010 Adversarialism & Consensus? The Professions' Construction of Solicitor and Family Mediator Identity and Role


New Orleans: Quid Pro Books LLC pp 214 ISBN 9781610270106

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