Seminar launching the publication of the Hamlyn Lectures Series on 'Lawyers and the public good: democracy in action?' by Professor Alan Paterson OBE 3 October 2011

Wednesday 21 September 2011

The publication of the 2010 Hamlyn Lectures by Cambridge University Press will be launched on 3 October 2011 in a critical seminar at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. 

The seminar brings together four of the UK's leading experts on the justice system to discuss the recent work of one.

In his 2010 Hamlyn Lectures, Alan Paterson examined the relationship between lawyers and the public by exploring different facets of three key institutions: lawyers, access to justice and the judiciary. In the case of lawyers he asked whether professionalism is now in terminal decline. To examine access to justice he discussed past and present crises in legal aid and potential endgames, and in relation to judges he examined possible mechanisms for enhancing judicial accountability.

In each lecture he argued that the future of these key institutions will not be determined (as it largely was in the past) by inhabitants of the legal world but from dialogues between the legal world and other stakeholders claiming to speak for the public interest.

Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Professor David Feldman and Professor Richard Moorhead will combine with Professor Paterson to review this recent work.

Professor Alan Paterson OBE 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.

The seminar will be held on 3 October at 4.00pm at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR. Media interested in attending should contact Belinda Crothers at

Notes for Editors:

1.For further information and requests for interview please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at / 020 7862 8670 / 07900 401 240.

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.