Professor Alan Paterson OBE to give the 2010 Hamlyn Lectures Series on ‘Lawyers and the Public Good’

Tuesday 30 November 2010

Professor Alan Paterson OBE, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies, University of Strathclyde, will deliver three lectures in December 2010 on the theme of ‘Lawyers and the Public Good’.

The lecture series will examine the relationship between lawyers and the public, in particular some of the problems associated with how best to determine the public good - the best interests of the public - in relation to lawyers, judges and access to justice.

The first lecture - “Professionalism Re-assessed: What Now for Lawyers?” - examines the contemporary understanding of what it means to be a member of a profession for the 21st century lawyer. It will be held on 1 December 2010 at the University of Edinburgh.

In the second lecture - “Access to Justice: Whither Legal Aid?” - the focus shifts to legal aid and the deployment of such a scarce resource at a time of public expenditure cuts. This lecture will be held at the University of Strathclyde on 7 December 2010.

The final lecture - “Judges and the Public Good: Reflections on the Last Law Lords” - will examine the relationship between the separation of powers and judicial accountability and stress the significance of dialogues for appellate judicial decision-making at the highest level in the UK. This lecture will take place on 14 December 2010 and will be hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London.

Professor Paterson is Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at the University of Strathclyde. His research has focused on the legal profession, access to justice, poverty legal services and the judiciary. He is Chair of the International Legal Aid Group, Chair of the Legal Services Group of Citizens Advice Scotland, Vice-Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Legal Education, Past President of the Society of Legal Scholars and former Chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools. He is a co-opted member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. Professor Paterson is also Research Adviser to the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

Notes for Editors:

1. For further information and requests for interview please contact Belinda Crothers at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at / 020 7862 5841.

2. The Hamlyn Trust was created in 1948, by Miss Emma Hamlyn in memory of her father, a solicitor and Justice of the Peace in Torquay, Devon. The object of the Trust is to further knowledge and understanding of the law; this is achieved through an annual series of public lectures by distinguished judges, legal practitioners, academic lawyers and other eminent speakers. The trust is administered from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

3. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) was founded in 1947 as a national academic institution serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad. Its areas of speciality include arbitration and dispute settlement, company law, comparative law, economic crime, financial services law and legislative studies and law reform, and the legal profession and delivery of legal services. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.