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Professor Avrom Sherr
Emeritus Professor

Email: avrom.sherr@sas.ac.uk 

Telephone: 020 7862 5859


Professor Sherr graduated in Law from the London School of Economics in 1971 and qualified as a solicitor in commercial litigation with the then firm of Coward (now Clifford) Chance. From 1974 to 1990 he taught at Warwick University where he was a pioneer of clinical legal education. His PhD from Warwick University was on "The Value of Experience in Legal Competence".

In 1990 he became the first Alsop Wilkinson Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool and subsequently Director of the Centre for Business and Professional Law. In 1995 he moved to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to become the founding Woolf Professor of Legal Education, a research chair at the Institute.

Additional Professional Information:

Professor Sherr's main areas of interest have been the development of legal education, the sociology of the legal profession, ethics in professional work and the provision of legal services. He has also been involved in human rights generally and has written in the area of freedom of protest. Work on discrimination relating to AIDS/HIV and the issues of welfare rights provision within health care has been developed together with Lorraine Sherr, Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology at University College Medical School.

Avrom Sherr has been the principal architect of the concept and system of competence assessment in publicly funded legal aid work. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of the Legal Profession, was the project leader producing the seminal report "Willing Blindness" on regulation of the legal profession, and has coordinated a number of trans-European projects on legal ethics, money laundering, legal and accountancy practitioner defaults and discrimination.

He was a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct; and of the Race Relations and Equal Opportunities Committees of the Law Society of England and Wales. He is currently Chair of the Advisory Board and Strategy Committee of the UK Centre for Legal Education, Chair of the Hamlyn Trustees and Chair of the Advisory Panel for the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. He also acts as a consultant to government and professional bodies in relation to access to justice and professional training and discipline and is a member of Legal Services Complaints Commissioner's Legal Services Consumer Board.

Click here for an abbreviated version of Avrom Sherr's CV, which gives a list of research, research projects, publications and lectures and seminars.

Avrom Sherr was appointed Director of the IALS in October 2004. He also continues as the Woolf Professor of Legal Education at the Institute.

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Professor Sherr's papers on SSRN Legal Scholarship Network: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=242508

Latest Publications in SAS-Space for Avrom

Winterton, Jules and Sherr, Avrom and Stefanou, Constantin and Editorial Board, ISLRev (2013) Welcome to the IALS Student Law Review. IALS Student Law Review, 1 (1).
Moorhead, Richard and Sherr, Avrom and Rogers, Sarah (2000) Compensation for Inadequate Professional Services. UNSPECIFIED. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London.
Sherr, Avrom (2000) Complaints – What clients want and lawyers want. Amicus Curiae, 2000 (27). p. 1.
Moorhead, Richard and Sherr, Avrom (2001) Midnight in the garden of the CFA people. Amicus Curiae, 2001 (34). pp. 29-30.
Sherr, Avrom (1998) Who is your favourite lawyer? Amicus Curiae, 1998 (7). p. 1.
Sherr, Avrom (2011) Developing outcome measures for the assessment of quality and competence of firms involved in legal aid work. UNSPECIFIED. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, London.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) At Century’s Dawn – Future and Past of Human Rights and Rule of Law.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) The Case of the Common Law in European Legal Education.
Sherr, Avrom (2001) Legal Education, Legal Competence and Little Bo Peep.
Sherr, Avrom and Webley, Lisa (2006) Legal Ethics in England and Wales.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) Legal Education - where do we begin ? Starting again ... again.
Sherr, Avrom (2000) The value of experience in legal competence.
Sherr, Avrom (1998) Market for Legal Services.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) Do Lawyers Do Any Good.
Sherr, Avrom (2001) Globalisation and the English Judiciary. In: The Role of the Judiciary in Changing Societies. Japanese Association of Sociology of Law.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) The Case of the Common Law in European Legal Education.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) Tabula Rasa and other Fairytales.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) Ethics of Prosecution.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) Other side of the mountain. Project Report.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) Does God Believe in Human Rights?
Sherr, Avrom (2006) Bringing the Good News from Ghent to Aix.
Sherr, Avrom (2006) Legal Education for Specialisation in England and Wales.
Sherr, Avrom (2000) Professional Work, Professional Careers and Legal Education: Educating the Lawyer for 2010.

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