Registration with tea, coffee, juice and pastries
Welcome from the Chair, Neil Rose, Editor of Legal Futures
The current state of innovation
The Legal Services Board will launch its latest Innovation in Legal Services report, detailing the levels of innovation as well as the capabilities for and barriers to it. This will be followed by a discussion on what the findings tell us about the current state of the legal market and where it is going.
Keynote interview: Sir Nigel Knowles
As the driving force behind DLA Piper and now the chairman of DWF, Sir Nigel Knowles has been at the forefront of the changing legal market for more than 30 years and has never been afraid to express strong opinions. This onstage interview with Legal Futures Editor Neil Rose will explore his views on how he sees the delivery of legal services changing.
A word from our sponsors
A series of short “elevator pitch” style presentations from a variety of suppliers to the market who are exhibiting at the conference
Lessons from listing
Five law firms have now listed on the London Stock Exchange, with several more reportedly in the wings – and the evidence to date is that you do not have to be a massive business to do it. We will hear from one of the newcomers to the public market, Knights plc, and the experience of Simpson Millar, which was bought by a listed company that subsequently failed, and has now come out the other side of this difficult experience with ambitious growth plans funded by Doorway Capital.
Unregulated and proud
The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plans to allow solicitors to practise from unregulated businesses has thrown the spotlight on the unregulated sector, as has the regulator’s revamped waiver policy. In this session, we will hear from two that have waivers – Which? Legal Services, a longstanding provider of legal advice to subscribers, and Hybrid Legal, a firm that says it is “changing the way legal services are delivered to entrepreneurs and businesses” – as well as one that hasn’t, Farillio, an online document and advice service for start-ups and small businesses.
Lunch Two course fork buffet lunch, with a selection of soft drinks and desserts.
Keynote interview: Marilyn Stowe
Marilyn Stowe has shown what can be achieved in the legal profession. She started her practice in 1982, growing it to become the UK’s largest specialist family law firm. Along the way, she became one of the best-known family law specialists in the country, featuring regularly in the press and on TV. Such was the business and brand that she built that in 2017 she sold her interest in the firm to private equity. In an onstage interview with Legal Futureseditor Neil Rose, she will discuss her career and what it takes to succeed.
Women leaders of innovation
Why is it that so many of the legal innovators in the news and at conferences like this are men? Where are the women leaders? Following on from the interview with Marilyn Stowe, a panel of women who are at the forefront of the business of law will talk about whether they face particular challenges and what the next generation should be doing to make their mark.
The new innovators
This is the eighth year of the Legal Futures Innovation Conference and at every one we have showcased some of the most innovative and interesting legal businesses to have emerged in the post-Legal Services Act era. This conference is no different as we hear from a range of businesses bringing new ideas to the delivery of legal services.
17.00 Conference close