Guest of Honour: David Edmonds, Chair, Legal Services Board

Delegates at this seminar will consider how effectively a liberalised legal services market is encouraging innovation, growth and enterprise in the provision of legal services. It is scheduled as policymakers and legal regulators consider wide-ranging proposals for reform affecting the future of the legal services market, including Government’s current review of the legal services statutory framework, and the recently published Legal Education and Training Review.

Sessions will bring together firms and practitioners from a variety of disciplines, alongside investors, consultants, training providers, consumer bodies, regulators and policymakers – and will be informed by a keynote address from the Legal Services Board’s inaugural Chair – David Edmonds. Delegates will have the opportunity to consider the ongoing impact of market liberalisation and alternative business structures, as well as how latest and emerging trends in legal services provision – such as online and automated services, multi-disciplinary practices and outsourcing – are impacting on firms, practitioners and consumers.

We are delighted that David Edmonds, Chair, Legal Services Board has agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar.

At this early stage Felicity Banks, Head of Business Law, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; Sonya Leydecker, Partner and Global Head of Dispute Resolution, Herbert Smith Freehills; Professor Avrom Sherr, Woolf Professor of Legal Education and Director, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and Member, Review Research Team, Legal Education and Training Review; David Sprake, Founder, Solicitor.info; Pete Storey, Director, 1Solicitor and a speaker confirmed from the Legal Services Consumer Panel have also agreed to speak at this seminar.

Lord Brennan QC, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Legal and Constitutional Affairs and Jonathan Djanogly MP, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice have kindly agreed to chair this seminar. Additional senior participants are being approached. For more details email josh.rowlands@westminsterforumprojects.co.uk