This year’s Future of Legal Education and Training Conference took place on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at Kings Place, London. We will be announcing a date for the 2020 Conference shortly.
At the 2019 Conference there were sessions on entrepreneurship, cross-disciplinary skills and the coming together of law and computer science, the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), education and training at the bar, clinical legal education, mental health, wellbeing & resilience, diversity and a keynote address from Professor Richard Susskind OBE. Access the Delegate Pack and final agenda here.
In attendance were graduate recruitment and learning & development teams from leading UK and global law firms, legal academics from universities across the country and internationally, and lawyers and others with an interest in legal education and training. You can view the full list of organisations attending here.
Julie is director of education and training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority
Professor Richard Susskind OBE is the preeminent voice on how tech is revolutionising law and legal education
Professor Ken Oliphant
Ken is the head of the University of Bristol Law School
Jonathan is co-head of Clifford Chance's tech practice
Professor Richard Collier
Richard is professor of law and social theory at Newcastle University. He is conducting the project 'Wellbeing, Law and Society: Politics, Policy and Practice – A Socio Legal Study'
Jessica is an innovation consultant at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Dana is the founder of First 100 Years and legal flexible working platform Obelisk Support
Patrick is Linklaters' global head of learning
Lloyd is a knowledge lawyer at Freshfields. Last year he published a three-part blog about mental illness in the law
Kayleigh is a Junior Lawyers Division committee member and employment solicitor at Macfarlanes. She is a key figure behind a survey of 56,000 young lawyers’ stress levels and wider mental health issues
Elizabeth is CEO of LawCare, a mental health charity that runs a helpline offering support to lawyers
Morette is the director of business development at The University of Law
Adam is BPP University Law School's head of development (innovation technology)
Yasmin is the founder of Diverse Matters, a training consultancy firm specialising in diversity and disability
Mary is the co-founder and CEO of F-LEX, an online platform connecting law students with law firms and in-house teams for short-term paralegal placements
Laura is the head of Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre
Professor Richard Owen
Richard is the director of Swansea University’s student-run Law Clinic and delivers its dedicated undergraduate module on clinical legal education
Victoria is a senior lecturer at Northumbria University and supervises student volunteers at Nortumbria Law School’s Student Law Office
Deveral is the dean of Leeds Beckett University Law School and sits on the Bar Standards Board’s Future Bar Training Programme Board as a member of its Curriculum and Assessment Review group
Ebony is a commercial barrister at Hardwicke
Andrew is a public law barrister at Cornerstone Barristers and is a member of the set's pupillage committee
Jacqueline is the national director of The University of Law’s BPTC
James is the director of the Council of the Inns of Court and the dean of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy
Mark is a lecturer and BPTC design lead at BPP University Law School
Dani is the director of solutions at LexisNexis
Jeremy is Norton Rose Fulbright's innovation manager (EMEA)
John is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Manchester. He in involved in the university’s partnership with Freshfields to launch a lawtech module as part of its undergraduate curriculum
PJ Kirby QC
PJ Kirby QC has enjoyed a long and successful career at the bar having previously been a partner in a Holborn firm of solicitors. He is joint head of chambers at Hardwicke and sits as a Deputy District Judge
Richard is the managing director for Europe at Neota Logic
Zoe is a senior lecturer and undergraduate law course leader at the University of Brighton; she is also a wellness coach
Frances is Burges Salmon's resource manager, and one of the lead figures behind the firm's legal apprenticeship programme
Kieran Pender is a legal advisor at the International Bar Association (IBA) and author of the IBA's survey on sexual harassment and bullying.
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.
Registration and networking breakfast
Session 1: Embedding entrepreneurship into legal education and training
A series of talks from interesting and inspiring people from across the legal profession
Session 2: Cross-disciplinary skills
Short presentations followed by interactive audience discussion
Discussion on the coming together in particular of law and computer science delivered by sector thought leaders
Session 3a: The SQE: Next steps
Short talks and interactive audience discussion
Centrepiece debate on the practical effects of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) featuring SRA training chief Julie Brannan, Russell Group university deans, law firm learning and development staff and other senior industry figures
Session 3b: Education and training at the bar
Question Time-style panel discussion
Discussion on the BSB-endorsed changes to the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and how new entrants to the BPTC market will shake-up the future of the bar
Session 4a: Clinical legal education
Shorts talks followed by audience Q&A
Panel session featuring a diverse range of universities and law firms doing interesting things in this area
Session 4b: Mental health, wellbeing and resilience
Shorts presentations followed by panel discussion
Discussion on mental illness in the law and what can be done to address rising concerns
Professor Richard Susskind OBE, the preeminent voice on how tech is revolutionising law and legal education
Closing keynote speech summarising the direction of the future of legal education and training in the years ahead
Kings Place London, King's Cross, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Highlights from last year
Photos from the 23 May event at Kings Place London
About the sponsors
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.
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.
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.