LegalEdCon North 2020

The Future of Legal Education and Training Conference (LegalEdCon) North takes place at The Lowry Media City, Manchester, on Thursday 30 January 2020, from 8:30am until 6pm.

LegalEdCon North focuses on the education and training needs of law firms with a significant presence in the North as they prepare for the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) in 2021. We’ll be considering the perspectives of northern-headquartered national firms, global law firms’ northshoring offices and medium-sized and smaller practices, while gauging the thoughts of legal academics at universities across the North of England and beyond.

In particular, we’ll be looking at the intersection between apprenticeships and the SQE; probing the potential of new innovative graduate course delivery models; and considering how technology and computer science training can be embedded into legal education to help shape the lawyers of the future. We’ll also be discussing related issues such as paralegal training and non-law roles, while exploring the wider opportunities that the SQE shake-up is creating to change legal education and training for the better.

Details of the Future of Legal Education and Training Conference London, which takes place at Kings Place, Kings Cross, on Thursday 14 May 2020, can be found here.


Julie Brannan

Head of education and training, SRA

Crispin Passmore

Founder and principal, Passmore Consulting

Professor Claire McGourlay

University of Manchester

Isabel Parker

Chief innovation officer, Freshfields

Sarah Hutchinson

International managing director, BARBRI

Emma McDowell

Head of client services, F-LEX

Jeremy Coleman

Head of innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright

Maria Kell

Learning & development manager, BBC

Ceri Evans

Head of apprenticeships, The University of Law

Further speakers to be announced each week during the autumn.


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This event is for professionals. Students interesting in attending the Conference free of charge should contact us about becoming part of Legal Cheek's campus ambassador programme.


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The Lowry Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ

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About the sponsors


BARBRI has over 50 years’ proven expertise in preparing Trainees to succeed in the SQE. The SQE assessment requires a breadth of knowledge in one multiple-choice exam not previously experienced in the law degree, GDL or LPC. Only BARBRI has the experience to prepare graduates to succeed in this style of assessment. BARBRI supports law firms, universities and graduates by investing in a new pathway to qualification and creating a generation of innovative, adaptable and diverse lawyers.

The University of Law

The University of Law (ULaw) is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education, with a rich heritage and reputation for innovation. ULaw boasts over 250 tutors who are qualified lawyers and bring their extensive practical experience to the classroom, as well as a track record in impressive employment and pupillage rates. Find out why more practising lawyers in the UK have studied with ULaw than anyone else here.

BPP University Law School

We build and shape legal careers. With over 25 years’ experience in delivering professional legal qualifications, we are proud to be one of the UK’s leading law schools. At the forefront of innovation in legal training, we are trusted by some of the most influential law firms, with 60 leading firms training with us exclusively. Our courses focus on employability, giving our students the edge to secure a training contract or pupillage. Preparing them to embrace the demands of practice from day one. Find out more.

Nottingham Law School

Nottingham Law School is one of the leading providers of academic and professional legal education in the country with an established national and international reputation for excellence in legal education, and a record of delivering innovative and transformational courses. We are one of the largest law schools in the UK, offering a range of undergraduate degrees, academic and practitioner taught postgraduate courses. With our established research centres, close links with the legal sector, and a multi-award-winning teaching law firm, Nottingham Law School is at the forefront of modern legal education. Find out more here.


LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world.

We help lawyers win cases, manage their work more efficiently, serve their clients better and grow their practices. We assist corporations in better understanding their markets, monitoring their brands and competition, and in mitigating business risk. We collaborate with universities to educate students, and we support nation-building with governments and courts by making laws accessible and strengthening legal infrastructures. We partner with leading global associations and customers to collect evidence against war criminals and provide tools to combat human trafficking.

LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 130 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.


LawCare is an independent charity offering emotional support, information and training to the legal community in the UK and Ireland. We work to promote good mental health and wellbeing in legal workplaces and drive change in education, training and practice. Our support service offers a safe place to talk without judgment. We’re here to help, with helpline calls, emails and webchats answered in confidence by trained staff and volunteers who have first-hand experience of working in the law. We also have a network of peer supporters. If you need to talk call our free, independent and confidential helpline on 0800 279 6888, email or visit

STEM Future Lawyers

STEM Future Lawyers is the UK's network for science, technology, engineering & maths students and graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the law. We help connect the best STEM students and graduates with the UK offices of the world's leading law firms through our panel discussions, Q&As and networking sessions. Drawing upon relationships with over 60 elite firms and chambers, our objective is to facilitate the recruitment of students with the skills to bridge the gap between high-level legal practice and cutting-edge technological innovation.