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Cardiff Lecturer Appointed to Major Legal Education Review Committee

01 February 2011

For immediate release:
Tuesday 1st February 2011

Steven Vaughan, Cardiff Law School, has been appointed to the Education and Training Committee (ETC) of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The Committee forms part of the extensive and controversial review of legal education and training announced in November last year.

Described as the most significant appraisal of legal education and training in the last four decades, the review will aim to ensure that the ethical standards and competence of those delivering legal services in regulated law firms are sufficient, both for their clients and the wider public.

The review will be conducted jointly by the three biggest legal regulators: the SRA, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards (IPS), and will have considerable implications for those delivering legal education. It is also likely to be extremely controversial, with Chair of the Legal Services Board David Edmonds, stating that many educationalists and practitioners feel the current framework is "simply not fit for purpose."

The review will consider the implications of the Legal Services Act 2007 and address the increasing concern surrounding career development. It will also look at how the expected changes to higher education funding will impact on accessibility and diversity in legal education and services.

Steven Vaughan, who is the City Solicitors Educational Trust Lecturer in Obligations at Cardiff and a practising solicitor with Latham & Watkins, said: "I am delighted to have been appointed to this important Committee. The review of legal education, pre and post-admission, is extremely challenging and important and I very much look forward to working with the other Committee members."

The Committee will begin its review in February 2011 and is expected to produce significant findings before its conclusion.


Further information:

Georgina Thomson
Marketing and Communications Officer
Cardiff Law School
Tel: 029 20875465

Steven Vaughan
Cardiff Law School
Tel: 029 20875442

For full details of the announcement of the review see

For David Edmonds’ report see:

Steven Vaughan: Following his undergraduate degree at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, Steven trained as a solicitor with the London and Paris offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, before working as an associate in the firm’s Environmental, Land and Resources team. In 2006, Steven joined the London office of Latham & Watkins as an attorney and currently works for them as a part-time consultant advising clients on environmental issues on cross border mergers and acquisitions and project finance transactions. Steven’s academic research interests lie in the intersection of business and environmental matters. He teaches Company Law and Tort Law and also lectures on the undergraduate Environmental Law course. He has previously taught at Bristol University (Company Law) and City University, London (Corporate Finance; Project Finance; and Banking Law).

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