Nigel is Reader in Law and Social Statistics at UCL, Head of Data, Design and Analysis at PPL Limited and an independent researcher and consultant. He is an expert in empirical legal studies and work across a broad range of projects (spanning civil and criminal justice) where methodological or statistical expertise is required. His own research interests include exploring the role of law in everyday life, public understanding of the law/legal rights, the experience of and response to legal issues, the interaction between legal and health problems, design of legal services, legal aid and access to justice, empirical research methodology and statistics. Some of his recent research projects include work on public understanding and interaction with the law (for The Legal Education Foundation), how people respond to legal problems (for the Legal Services Board), how legal and health problems interact (for Youth Access) and what happens to clients when solicitor’s firms are closed down (for the Solicitors Regulation Authority). His current projects include legal capability scale development, analysis of legal issues faced by small businesses and work on perceptions of safety from crime. His research is multidisciplinary, spanning a range of disciplines, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches and employing a broad range of research designs and methods. Much of his research is designed for a policy audience and his survey work, in collaboration with Professor Pascoe Pleasence, has become central to the development of access to justice policy.
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