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New Review of Gillian Tett's posted on Tuesday, 20th April 2010
I have put a new paper, Betting the System, reviewing Tett's 2009 book on the financial crisis. You can find it in "In Progress" on the left.
My Standup Gig Video posted on Tuesday, 20th April 2010
You can see a video of my standup gig at the George in Fleet Street here on Youtube. I battle the demons--aliens speaking to me from space, denying me the right to criticize Hawking, Hamas, and black holes!
Straight There No Detours: Direct Access to Barristers posted on Tuesday, 20th April 2010
A new report completed in December 2008, with Avis Whyte, is available for download from SSRN.com.
ESRC Seminar on Professions at Lancaster posted on Tuesday, 15th December 2009
I am speaking at an ESRC funded seminar "Professions and Professionalism in the 21st Century: Meanings, Challenges and Prospects" at Lancaster University on 6 January 2009. Other speakers include: Bob Hinings (Alberta), Stephen Ackroyd (Lancaster), Mike Dent (Staffordshire).
SLSA Annual Conference 2009 7-9 April posted on Tuesday, 15th December 2009
The conference is at De Monfort University in Leicester this year. I am organizing the Lawyers and Legal Profession stream
New paper on direct access to barristers posted on Tuesday, 15th December 2009
I have put up a new paper on direct access to the Bar. This is the article version submitted for publication, so it is more theorized than the report. You can find it in "In Progress" on the left.
New Working Paper Uploaded posted on Tuesday, 30th December 2008
"Lawyers, Law Firms and the Stabilization of Transnational Business" is a new paper by Fabian Sosa, my colleague in Bremen, and me. It looks at the role of lawyers, in large and medium-sized law firms, in cross-border transactions through the lens of Luhmann and Gilson. It's under "In Progress" here and also on my SSRN page. Comments are very welcome. The paper is coming out in the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business this year.
Visiting Professor of Law at University of Miami Law School posted on Saturday, 16th August 2008
I shall be a visiting professor at the University of Miami Law School in 2008. I will be teaching Professional Responsibility and Global Lawyering.
The Future of the Global Law Firm posted on Saturday, 16th August 2008
I will be speaking at this symposium at Georgetown Law Center on 16-18 April 2008. My paper will be "Future Directions in the UK Legal Profession: Life After the Legal Services Act 2007". More information can be found on the Georgetown Law Center website
38th World Congress of IIS posted on Saturday, 16th August 2008
I'm currently in Budapest at the 38th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology. I'm presenting a paper I wrote with Peter Lederer called "Becoming a Global Lawyer"
Law Practice in the EU and the US posted on Tuesday, 15th April 2008
A workshop being presented at the University of Miami Law Schoool on April 4, 2008, between 8am and 11am. Details can be found here.
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Updated website launched! posted on Friday, 14th December 2007
I'm very pleased to have launched a new version of my website. I hope you find it even more useful than before. My web designer, Caroline Mockett has done a super job!
Comparative Law at a Crossroads posted on Friday, 14th December 2007
I'm participating in an author meets critics evening at the IALS, 6 December. (See events for details) Esin Örücü and David Nelken are launching a new handbook on comparative law. Authors include William Twining, Anthony Ogus, Andrew Harding, Roger Cotterrell and more. Gordon Woodman and I will be the critics. A wine reception follows...
Open House London 16 September posted on Wednesday, 19th September 2007
Our house will be open to the public on Sunday 16 September as part of the Open House London weekend. See events for location and times. More information available at Open House website

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  1. New Move on 10th November 2016
    I am moving to a new post in October. I shall be Professor and Director of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. I will remain an Honorary Professor of Law at UCL and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Westminster. I enjoyed my time at UCD as the McCann FitzGerald Chair of International Law and Business but this opportunity was too good to pass up.
  2. Legal Ethics in Transnational Practice on 26th February 2014
    I'm part of a debate at the Georgetown Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London at Swan House, 37-39 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6AA on March 5 at 4pm to 6pm. All welcome. Please RSVP to np396@law.georgetown.edu.
  3. New Book: What Do Lawyers Do? on 1st December 2013
    My new book, "What Do Lawyers Do? An Ethnography of a Corporate Law Firm", has initially been launched on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk in Kindle format. The hardback and paperback formats are also available.

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