Steven Vaughan

Steven Vaughan

2016 – Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy 2014 – PhD, Cardiff University 2008 – MSc, Cardiff University 2005 – Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales 2002 – BA, University of Oxford

Senior Lecturer

020 3108 8312

Steven’s career began in the City as a solicitor specialising in environmental law (first at Freshfields, then at Latham & Waktins), before moving into academia. His research interests lie in the regulation and governance of three fields: environmental law; the legal profession; and corporate finance.

Between 2013 and 2016, Steven was an ESRC ‘Future Research Leader’ completing an empirical project exploring the relationships between lawyers in large law firms and their clients. Away from the Faculty, he sits on the Policy Committee of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Research Strategy Group of the Legal Services Board.

Steven has published a monograph on EU chemicals regulation and new governance, an edited collection on legal education and the legal profession, various reports for public bodies, and a number of articles in international journals.  Keen that his work engages with an audience beyond the academy, Steven has spoken at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts and written for a number of media outlets (including The Times, The Guardian and The Lawyer). He has also undertaken Visiting Fellowships at Stanford University, the University of Melbourne and the Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics (at Michigan State University).

Steven is also a keen blogger

Selected Publications

The Tournament of Influence: The Changing Role of In-House Counsel (Hart, 2019) (with Richard Moorhead)

EU Chemicals Regulation: New Governance, Hybridity and REACH (Edward Elgar, 2015)

Reviewed: Journal of Environmental Law (2017) 29(2); European Journal of Risk Regulation (2016) 7(1); SEW (2016) 3; Science and Technology (2016) 30(2)

Edited Collections

Reimagining Clinical Legal Education (Hart 2018) (with Linden Thomas, Theresa Lynch and Bharat Malkani)

‘Corporate Lawyers and Corporate Clients: Power Practice and Privilege’, guest editor of Special Issue of Legal Ethics (volume 19(1) 2016)

The Futures of the Legal Profession and Legal Education (Hart, 2015) (co-editors Hilary Sommerlad, Sonia Harris-Short and Richard Young)


‘Patronising Lawyers? Homophily and Same-Sex Litigation Teams before the UK Supreme Court’ (with Chris Hanretty) (2017) Public Law 426-449

‘Prefer Not to Say: Diversity Reporting and the English Bar’ (2016) International Journal of the Legal Profession 1-20

‘Gorilla Exceptions and the Ethically Apathetic Corporate Lawyer’ (2016) 19(1) Legal Ethics 50-75 (with Emma Oakley)

‘The State of the Nation: Diversity and the Legal Academy’ (2016) 50(2) The Law Teacher 255-263

‘Symbolism over Substance? Large Law Firms and Corporate Social Responsibility’ (2015) 18(2) Legal Ethics 1-26 (with Linden Thomas & Alistair Young)

‘Differentiation and Dysfunction: An Exploration of Post-Legislative Guidance Practices in 14 EU Agencies’ (2015) 17(1) Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 66-91

‘Going Public: Diversity Disclosures by Large Law Firms’, (2015) 83 Fordham Law Review 101-124

‘Great Expectations: 50 Years of Chemicals Legislation in the EU’ (2013) 25(3) Journal of Environmental Law, 411-435 (with Elen Stokes)


‘Sexuality at the Bar: An Empirical Exploration into the Experiences of LGBT+ Barristers in England & Wales’ (2017) (with Marc Mason, University of Westminster)

Independence, Representation and Risk (2015) (commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) (with Claire Coe)

‘Nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based products. Guide to regulation and standards’, PAS 137, British Standards Institute (2013) (named contributor, with Robert G. Lee and Elen Stokes)

Chapters in Edited Books

‘The Legal Profession in England & Wales: At the Vanguard of Professional Transformation?’ in Hilary Sommerlad and others (eds) Lawyers in Society (Hart 2018) (with Hilary Sommerlad, Andrew Francis and Joan Loughrey)

‘Lesley MacDonagh’ in Rosemary Auchmuty and Erika Rackley (eds) Women Legal Landmarks (Hart 2018)

Media Contributions

‘The Bar needs to break its pattern of homophily’ (The Times, 16 June 2017, ‘Brief’)

‘Turn off email, put your phone into airplane mode, and write’ (Times Higher Education Supplement, 5 July 2016 blog)

‘I’m showing my wedding photo to my students, and not just because it’s adorable’ (Times Higher Education Supplement, 11 February 2016 blog)

‘Globalisation’s Threat to Lawyer Independence’ (The Times, 22 January 2016 ‘Brief’)

Current Teaching

Environmental Law

Lawyers: Practice and Ethics


Corporations, Global Business and Environmental Protection (LAWSG184)

International Environmental Law  (LAWSG028A)

Law and Policy of Climate Change (LAWSG181)

The Machinery of Environmental Protection (LAWSG004)

PhD Supervision

Steven has supervised doctoral students working on fracking, environmental taxation, environmental impact assessment, the ‘theatre’ of corporate law, and on legal advice relating to undue influence. He welcomes applications in these areas and environmental law and/or lawyers more generally.