The Future of Legal Education and Training Conference 2019

This year’s Future of Legal Education and Training Conference takes place on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at Kings Place, London. Following the success of last year’s event we have doubled the capacity of the day to 400.

There will be sessions on entrepreneurialism, cross-disciplinary skills and the coming together of law and computer science, the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), mental health, wellbeing & resilience, diversity, clinical legal education, insights from other industries, including Big Tech, banking and media, and education and training at the bar.


Julie Brannan

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

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'

Isabel Parker

Isabel is Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's chief innovation officer

Dana Denis-Smith

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

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 Lawyer Division committee member and solicitor at TandonHildebrand. 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

Patrick McCann

Patrick is Linklaters' global head of learning

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 founder and CEO of F-LEX, an online platform connecting law students with law firms and in-house teams for short-term paralegal placements

Further batches of speakers will be announced over the coming weeks and months.


Headline sponsors

  • BPP University Law School
  • The University of Law

Silver sponsors

  • LexisNexis
  • Nottingham Law School


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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 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 proposed changes to the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and how tech, and innovation more broadly, will affect the future of the bar

Networking break


Session 4a: Clinical legal education and apprenticeships


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


Insight from another industry


Closing keynote speech


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.