Lisa Webley


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Professor Webley supervises students undertaking empirical socio-legal research. She is keen to hear from candidates who wish to undertake research on:

Lawyer regulation, education, professionalism and legal ethics
Legal service delivery and the impact of technology
Access to justice and family justice
Public law and practice.


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Personal profile


Lisa Webley SFHEA FRSA GCILEx  joined Birmingham Law School at the beginning of 2018 and is the research lead in the Centre on Professional and Legal Education Research (CEPLER).She 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 and for legal regulators.  

She held a full-time research position at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (1995-2000), followed by Senior (2000-2003) and Principal Lectureships (2003-2007), and a Readership (2007-2011) at the University of Westminster; she was the Chair in Empirical Legal Studies from 2011-2017.  She was also the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Law School (2003-2007), and then Faculty Research Director for Social Sciences and Humanities across the faculty (2013-2017). She was also Director of the Centre on the Legal Profession. 

Lisa 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 (2008-2016). She was formerly a director and trustee of the Hackney Law Centre and a member of the Academic Committee of the Civil Mediation Council.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, ‘Adversarialism and Consensus? The Messages Professional Bodies Transmit About Professional Approach and Professional Identity to Solicitors and Family Mediators Undertaking Divorce Matters’ , Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Award Date: 3 Mar 2008

External positions

Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, Melbourne

1 Sept 2017 → …

University of Portsmouth

1 Sept 2017 → …

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

1 Sept 2013 → …


  • K Law (General)
  • Legal Professions
  • Legal Education
  • Legal Ethics
  • Access to Justice
  • Rule of Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Public Law
  • Family Law
  • Legal Technology in Legal Service Delivery
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Legal Education
  • Public Legal Education
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Empirical Research Methods in Law


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