Top academics and law firm innovators come together for the Future of Legal Education and Training Conference

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By Alex Aldridge on

Big names from Russell Group, magic circle and tech start-up world among headliners at May event

From top left to bottom right: Thom Brooks, Isabel Parker, Julie Brannan, Richard Moorhead, Shruti Ajitsaria, Andrew Chadwick, Chris Howard, Julia Salasky, Alex Smith, Euan Blair

A host of prominent Russell Group law professors and City legal profession innovators are among the first batch of speakers announced today for Legal Cheek’s Future of Legal Education and Training Conference in May.

From the academic branch of the law comes dean of Durham University’s Law School Professor Thom Brooks, UCL’s chair of law and professional ethics Professor Richard Moorhead, King’s College London director of professional legal education Chris Howard, and BPP University Law School dean Andrew Chadwick.

They will be joined at the Conference — which takes place on Wednesday 23 May at Kings Place, London and is sponsored by BPP University Law School — by City law innovation trio Isabel Parker, Shruti Ajitsaria and Alex Smith. Parker is the director of legal services innovation at Freshfields, Ajitsaria leads Allen & Overy’s Fuse tech innovation hub, and Smith is Reed Smith’s innovation manager.

Providing a start-up perspective will be Julia Salasky, the former Linklaters lawyer turned entrepreneur who established and now runs the well-known CrowdJustice litigation funding site. And offering a cross-industry take will be Euan Blair, the CEO and founder of White Hat, which helps companies across the world’s of finance, tech and media deliver high quality apprenticeships.

Last but by no means least among this first cohort is Julie Brannan, director of education and training at the ‎Solicitors Regulation Authority, and a driving force behind the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) that is set to replace the Legal Practice Course.

The second batch of speakers — who we will be announcing next month — include senior graduate recruitment figures from the legal profession and other major industries.

The Conference will feature a combination of TED-style talks, short interactive discussion points, and Question Time-style panel discussions. The day-long event is designed to help prepare law firm graduate recruitment and learning & development teams for the changes set to be brought about by the SQE. Bringing together leading individuals across the profession and other industries we hope to generate new ideas that will help shape the future of legal education and training.

Find out more about the Conference and purchase early bird tickets here.

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