Butterworths Conferences, part of LexisNexis UK, has just announced that, after its successful debut last year, the second Butterworths Alternative Legal IT Conference will be held at The Belfry Hotel in Birmingham from September 21-22.

Unlike other legal IT events, the Alternative Legal IT Conference focuses on the needs of medium-sized firms and offers them the opportunity to discuss issues of direct interest and relevance through an extensive programme of speaker events, panel and hosted round table discussions. The two-day event will be chaired by Chris Cann, Director of Finance & Systems at Martin-Kaye Solicitors,on day one and by Angela McMahon, Head of Service Delivery and Training at Mishcon de Reya, on day two.

Marcella Barron, Head of Butterworths Legal Conferences said: “The Alternative Legal IT Conference has been designed to create a voice for mid-tier law firms to express their thoughts on how IT influences their firms and more importantly for those firms to learn about how IT can support the strategic development of their business. Topics that will be covered during the event include the external issues facing mid-tier firms, such as new technologies and the Legal Services Act, and the internal issues that perennially cause problems on a day-to-day basis, such as meeting the needs of users, working within a partnership, and getting more out of existing systems.”

The speaker panel chosen for the event also reflects the diversity of mid-size firms and will include Managing Partners and IT Directors from organisations such as Weightmans, Thomas Eggar, Higgs & Sons, Brethertons, and Linder Myers. Charles Christian, Editor-in-Chief of Legal Technology Insider, will also be present on the panel both days. Conference topics to be raised and discussed at the event include:
• Demands that external forces will make on law firms in the future and how they can prepare to respond
• Up and coming technologies and how they will transform legal IT
• How IT can support the use of social media to win new business
• The pros and cons of outsourcing your IT, and
• Recession-busting IT – squeezing more out of your current systems

The Alternative Legal IT Conference is a by-invitation-only event. To register your interest please complete and return the application form available at www.alternative-legal-IT.com