Undaunted by the Lexis/Butterworths/Axxia foray into legal IT events, Informa's events subsidiary ICBI has just announced details of its 2009 iteration of its Legal IT Forum event. The dates are 14 & 15 October 2009 and the location is the Marriott St Pierre in Bristol. So, not quite a a Little Chef on the M4 but rather a long way from the original style of Gleneagles. Is it just us or does this programme seem a little underwhelming? (And will they serve cheese in the hotel?)

The promo reads…

Building on the excellent feedback received after New Legal IT Forum 2008, we are even more focussed for 2009 in delivering business-relevant, bottom-line effecting new strategic thinking and practice for the UK and wider Continental European legal technology community.

Why The New Legal IT Forum 2009 Will Help You Meet Your Firm’s Business Objectives for 2009

A Unique Focus On Legal Business Strategy & Clients: With professional service firms business models in transition and pricing under pressure, what are the new key business approaches and processes that will determine future sustainability and profitability of firms? Programme Highlights include:

• Big Picture Economic Outlook And Business & Technology Strategies Impacting Both Legal’s Clients & The Legal Industry
• Unique Practical CIO Discussion Series On Smart Solutions From The Business- Needs Perspective
• An Industry First With The Legal Business Leaders Panel: What The CEO, COOs of the major law firms think about the approaches and processes that will determine future sustainability and profitability

Brand New, World-Class Outside of Industry Speakers That You Have Never Heard Before With IT Business Relevant Insights, including:
• Global Economic Challenges For Winning Firms In the Future: What New Structures And Approaches Will Winning Companies Have To Adopt In Order To Survive And Flourish – Dr James Bellini, The Renowned Government Advisor, Broadcaster and Futurologist, GLOBAL INNOVATION FORUM
• World-Class Tech Pioneer On Top Ten Technologies To Watch for Horizon 2025: Technology Pioneer, World Economic Forum 2009 – Serial Entrepeneur, Collaborative Technology Expert & Professor Finance, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, Dr Robert E.Levin, MD, EMERGING STAR VENTURES
• Lessons Learned From A Professional Services CIO – Mary Hensher, Partner, CIO, DELOITTES LLC

• More Thought Leadership Roundtables on Hands-On Problem Solving

New Extra Cost and Time-Effective Format: Two full days, One Night, Easy, Quick, Cheap To Access Top Marriott Venue Two Hours From London By Train