Dr Angela Melville

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Research Biography

Angela is currently a Senior Lecturer in the College of Business, Government and Law. She is the former Scientific Director at the International Institute for Sociology of Law, in Onati in Spain. She has also held previous posts in the School of Law, University of Manchester; Newcastle Centre for Family Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Justice Policy Research Centre, University of Newcastle, Australia; Justice Research Centre, Sydney.

Her primary research interests focus on the sociology of the legal profession, including risk management within law firms, lawyer-client interaction, professional regulation, and stratification within the profession.

Research Interests

Angela's research focuses on the sociology of the legal profession. Her current research projects include:

  • Investigation of biographies of law teachers (with Dr Amy Barrow, Macquarie), including law teachers as global academics, inbreeding, early career academics, and gender discrimination.
  • Developing positive retirement strategies for aging lawyers (with Dr Valerie Caines, Flinders).

Her previous work includes:

Angela has had funded projects with: Scottish Executive (no-fault clinical negligence), Nuffield Foundation (process of resolving clinical neligence claims); Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (solicitor professional negligence and compensation funds); Scottish Faculty of Advocates (economic structure of the Faculty); Legal Aid Commission of England and Wales (legal services to legally aided family law clients in England and Wales); Motor Accidents Authority of NSW (impact of reform of 3rd party compulsory insurance regulations); Commonwealth of Australia's Attorney General (ADR in family law; legal services to legally aided family law clients in Australia).


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