The Future of Legal Education and Training Conference

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 Brannan

Julie is director of education and training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Richard Susskind

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 Kewley

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 Burdon

Jessica is an innovation consultant at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Dana Denis-Smith

Dana is the founder of First 100 Years and legal flexible working platform Obelisk Support

Patrick McCann

Patrick is Linklaters' global head of learning

Lloyd Rees

Lloyd is a knowledge lawyer at Freshfields. Last year he published a three-part blog about mental illness in the law

Kayleigh Leonie

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 Rimmer

Elizabeth is CEO of LawCare, a mental health charity that runs a helpline offering support to lawyers

Morette Jackson

Morette is the director of business development at The University of Law

Adam Curphey

Adam is BPP University Law School's head of development (innovation technology)

Yasmin Sheikh

Yasmin is the founder of Diverse Matters, a training consultancy firm specialising in diversity and disability

Mary Bonsor

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 Pinkney

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 Roper

Victoria is a senior lecturer at Northumbria University and supervises student volunteers at Nortumbria Law School’s Student Law Office

Deveral Capps

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 Alleyne

Ebony is a commercial barrister at Hardwicke

Andrew Lane

Andrew is a public law barrister at Cornerstone Barristers and is a member of the set's pupillage committee

Jacqueline Cheltenham

Jacqueline is the national director of The University of Law’s BPTC

James Wakefield

James is the director of the Council of the Inns of Court and the dean of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy

Mark Keith

Mark is a lecturer and BPTC design lead at BPP University Law School

Dani McCormick

Dani is the director of solutions at LexisNexis

Jeremy Coleman

Jeremy is Norton Rose Fulbright's innovation manager (EMEA)

John Haskell

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 Seabrook

Richard is the managing director for Europe at Neota Logic

Zoe Swan

Zoe is a senior lecturer and undergraduate law course leader at the University of Brighton; she is also a wellness coach

Frances Bennett

Frances is Burges Salmon's resource manager, and one of the lead figures behind the firm's legal apprenticeship programme

Kieran Pender

Kieran Pender is a legal advisor at the International Bar Association (IBA) and author of the IBA's survey on sexual harassment and bullying.


Headline sponsors

  • BPP University Law School
  • The University of Law

Silver sponsors

  • LexisNexis
  • Nottingham Law School
  • STEM Future Lawyers

Additional sponsors

  • Hardwicke
  • Cornerstone Barristers
  • Neota Logic


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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.


From 8:30am

Registration and networking breakfast


Conference starts


Session 1: Embedding entrepreneurship into legal education and training


TED-style talks


A series of talks from interesting and inspiring people from across the legal profession

Networking break


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


Networking lunch


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

Networking break


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


Keynote speech


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


Conference ends

Until 5:30pm



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Venue name

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.

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.

STEM Future Lawyers

STEM Future Lawyers is the UK's first 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 nearly 50 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.


Hardwicke is a modern, forward-thinking set of chambers. The set’s barristers are well known in their fields and are ranked in the latest issues of the leading independent legal directories Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Hardwicke members work across the range of civil and commercial law, from administrative law to trade disputes, and can handle everything from informal advice over the telephone to representation in the most complex international disputes. Hardwicke is at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution and has a panel of qualified arbitrators and mediators.

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is a public law chambers known for its broad expertise in planning and environmental law, housing and property, licensing and information law. The set's barristers have worked on high-profile cases acting for and against local and central government. They have been involved in the controversial closure and reopening of the Fabric nightclub, matters concerning opposition to fracking in Lancashire, the proposed High Speed Two (HS2) railway line, Uber and hundreds of other important cases. The chambers' barristers are frequently in the Supreme Court and have recently appeared in landmark cases on human rights and homelessness. Cornerstone Barristers also has a strong practice in information law, data breaches and data protection, with members working on matters related to Cambridge Analytica and Julian Assange. Founded in 1889 and situated in beautiful Gray’s Inn Square, Cornerstone Barristers bend the best of tradition and the new. We are proud to have won the Legal Cheek Award for 'Best Chambers for Colleague Supportiveness 2019'.

Neota Logic

Neota Logic is a no code artificial intelligence (AI) automation platform allowing companies to rapidly automate their professional services. Neota customers and their clients enjoy the benefits of digital technology extending the reach of the professional, improved efficiency, client satisfaction and new business opportunities. Neota is the only platform capable of automating all aspects of professional services including intelligent fact-gathering, expert decision-making, end-to-end processes and document lifecycle management. With a global presence, Neota offers its software and professional services to clients from its offices in New York, London and Melbourne.