Innovation and the business of law: technology, regulation, client services and new business models

Wednesday, 25th January 2017
TBC, Central London
This event is CPD certified
As the legal sector responds to trends in new technologies and business structures, this timely discussion will assess the next steps for law firms and other legal service providers in adopting emerging technologies, maintaining a competitive advantage and responding to changes to client and business needs in a developing market.
It follows the latest SRA marketplace report on IT and Innovation – which outlined an ambition to develop a safe ‘innovation space’ for regulated firms and individuals – and will provide delegates with a timely opportunity to engage on commercial attitudes towards regulation and legislation, what technology means for legal practice, and next steps for innovative services, products, business models and methods of delivery.
Planned sessions are expected to focus on the challenges and opportunities driving organisations to consider new approaches in delivering better services – including impacts of the continued unbundling of legal instructions, increased take-up of technology, changing workforce structures and the emergence of non-law firms using ABS licensing as a route into the market. With a recent report by The Law Society indicating that the total value of legal services to the wider UK economy is £25.7 billion, delegates will also have the opportunity to engage on the responsiveness of legal providers to changing consumer expectations and service developments – in terms of value, innovation and data security – as well as the specific areas of legal practice in which innovative strategies and ideas are more prevalent than others.
The conference will bring together Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials and regulators involved in this area of public policy, together with law firms, chambers, legal businesses and wider professional services, investors, consultants, training providers, consumer bodies, academics and members of the national and trade press.
We are delighted that Crispin Passmore, Executive Director, Policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority; James Mancini, Analyst, Competition Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD and Peter Saunders, Partner, Deloitte have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.
Keith Austin, Senior Vice President and Head of Legal Services UKIEEMEA, DHL Global Business Services and Member, Advisory Board, NextLaw Labs; Sally Azarmi, Chair, Small Firms Division, The Law Society; George Bisnought, Managing Director, Excello Law; Karl Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, Riverview Law; Professor Cosmo Graham, Director, Centre for Consumers and Essential Services (CCES), University of Leicester; Miranda Grell, Development Officer, Hackney Community Law Centre; Daniel van Binsbergen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lexoo and Geoff Wild, Head, Kent Legal Services and Director of Law and Governance, Kent County Council have also agreed to speak.
Alberto Costa MP, Member, Justice Committee and Lord Clement-Jones, London Managing Partner, DLA Piper has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.
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