From Warwick to Melbourne…

Apologies to readers of this blog for (yet another) long silence. This one has reflected the double whammy of trying to complete a number of writing commitments from my research leave at Warwick, whilst simultaneously packing-up home and office to move hemispheres and take up my new appointment as Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne.

It has been a strange few months to say the least. I can’t deny that I’m sorry to be leaving Warwick. I have had the privilege of working with some great colleagues in both UKCLE and the Law School over the last eight years, and as a Warwick graduate myself, returning to work there always felt a bit special. We will miss a lot about Warwick town too, which has very much been our home, somewhere where we have made some great friends and really enjoyed becoming a part of the community.

But the lure of Melbourne was too hard to resist: an oustandingly good law school in a really vibrant and cosmopolitan city, and its closer to all our NZ family. It would have been crazy not to….

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Professionally, the research and teaching opportunities are exciting. Teaching legal ethics will be a core part of the job, and I am looking forward to using that as a vehicle to get back into some more mainstream legal ethics research. Another big attraction, of course, is the opportunity to explore, first hand, the impact of the Australian regulatory reforms on the legal services market, and hopefully to develop some comparative work on legal services, the profession and its ethics in Australia and the UK. Consequently, while the move to Australia is very much intended to be long-term, and will bring a new focus to my work, I will be continuing to keep an eye on and writing about UK developments as well.

The first steps of a virgin blogger…

Welcome to hEaD Space, my typographically-challenged first attempt at running a blog. Despite the fact its taken me nearly two weeks to get the first post up, my intention is to post at least once a week, initially, to get a bit of momentum, reflecting on things I’ve seen or read about, or maybe items that have been inspired by the day job at the UK Centre for Legal Education. hEaD Space plans to be controversial sometimes, useful sometimes, and – hopefully – engaging all the time. Given its mostly about legal education, which most normal folk probably don’t give a stuff about, that could sound like a bit of a challenge. I hope not. If law is about anything more than making money for lawyers, what passes for legal education and training, what we as educators can – and should – do to engage and challenge our students, and get them to reflect on the values and purposes of law should matter. But its going to be a bit tough to do that in a conversation of one, so please, if you’re around and interested, get involved!