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Pascoe Pleasence Limited works with public, charitable and commercial organisations, nationally and internationally. Our ability to listen to and work with our clients, and deliver to their needs, sets us apart from other research organisations. And with extensive experience of commissioning research, we fully understand your need to obtain what you need when you need it. 

Pascoe Pleasence Limited also works with a variety of partners to provide the flexibility to deliver projects of all shapes and sizes. So, always, projects can be designed to suit your unique needs and budget. 

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Meet the leadership team

Professor Pascoe Pleasence, Managing Director

Professor Pascoe Pleasence is a leading international expert in empirical legal research methodologies, with particular interest in access to justice, advice seeking behaviour, public understanding of law and legal capability. As Managing Director of Pascoe Pleasence Limited, Pascoe takes responsibility for the conduct and quality of all our outputs to clients.

Pascoe has a long track record of delivering innovative, relevant and influential research to a worldwide client base and audience. As Head of the Legal Services Research Centre (LSRC) from 1996 to 2009 he oversaw the LSRC’s broad programme of research, before stepping up to a more strategic role as Academic and Scientific Advisor at the Legal Services Commission, a role he held until 2011. Since 2007 he has had an association with University College London, one of the world’s leading universities, where he is now Professor of Empirical Legal Studies and co-directs the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies. He has published widely, in many countries, and his work has been cited by the United Kingdom’s House of Lords (now Supreme Court) and become central to the development of access to justice policy around the world.

In earlier days Pascoe obtained degrees from University College London and the University of Cambridge, before being called to the Bar of England and Wales, where he practiced for a short period ahead of moving into the field of research.

Pascoe is a keen musician, swimmer and surfer. For a time he was also a Surf Life Saver on Queenscliff beach, Sydney.  

Dr Nigel Balmer, Head of Data Design and Analysis

Dr Nigel Balmer is a statistician and expert in research methodology. He has brought his expertise to bear on a broad range of empirical projects, giving rise to a reputation as a global leader in empirical legal research, social statistics and social science methodology more generally.

Nigel's work 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 has become central to the development of access to justice policy in England and Wales. His 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, access to justice, programme evaluation, research methodology, social epidemiology and social policy.  

As well as being Head of Data Design and Analysis at Pascoe Pleasence Limited, he is a Reader in Law and Social Statistics in the Law faculty at University College London, where he is affiliated to the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies and Judicial Institute.

Away for the legal sphere, he also publishes in the field of sports science.

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