LegalEdCon 2024

LegalEdCon 2024 took place at Kings Place, London on Thursday 16 May 2024. The conference is attended each year by learning & development and graduate recruitment teams from over 150 leading law firms and chambers, as well as academics from universities across the UK.

This year the Conference focused on the following areas:

• Solicitor apprenticeships: Going beyond the hype to explore what the reality of implementing schemes for school-leavers means. And exploring how a growing number of firms are taking advantage of the SQE to launch graduate apprenticeships.

• Continuing professional development: A deep dive into skills gaps in law, discussing what trainees and junior lawyers need to get better at, and how they can improve.

• SQE latest: As the biggest shake-up to legal education in a generation beds in, new problems keep arising. How are firms and educators dealing with them?

• Innovation: The SQE has thrown up a host of new possibilities and challenged received wisdom on how lawyers should be trained. We’ll be delving into some of the new models.

• The next generation of lawyers: A chance to hear from some high profile solicitors-to-be, who are making their mark through social media.

Read our write-up of the Conference here

Speakers

Patrick McCann

Patrick McCann

Legal Practice Chair of City of London Law Society Training Committee

Jane Robson

Jane Robson

CEO at the National Association of Licensed Paralegals

Lucy Dolan

Lucy Dolan

Early Talent Manager at Gowling WLG UK

Aikanah Robinson

Aikanah Robinson

Legal Cheek AI Ambassador

James Catchpole

James Catchpole

Associate Professor and Head of Professional Programmes at City, University of London

Omotayo Anifowoshe

Omotayo Anifowoshe

'The SQE Babe' legal influencer

Elizabeth Rimmer

Elizabeth Rimmer

Chief Executive of LawCare

Megan Hulme

Megan Hulme

Founder of 'It's All Hearsay,' Litigation Solicitor

Jim Moser

Jim Moser

Director of Professional Development at The University of Law

Mike Kochkin

Mike Kochkin

CEO of BeSavvy

Matthew Leopold

Matthew Leopold

Head of Brand and Insight at LexisNexis

Samantha Hope

Samantha Hope

Head of Emerging Talent at Shoosmiths

Liz Ritter

Liz Ritter

Head of Client Development at BPP Law School

Lorna Bailey

Lorna Bailey

Head of Learning and Development at Fletchers Solicitors

George McNeilly

George McNeilly

Early Careers Partner at DWF

Camilla Brignall

Camilla Brignall

Learning & Development Manager at Linklaters

Tanya Dolan

Tanya Dolan

Senior Counsel at Astra Zeneca

Rachel Boyle

Rachel Boyle

Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Legal Neurodiversity Network

Pedro Leake-Bandeira

Pedro Leake-Bandeira

Trainee solicitor at Accutrainee

Peter Arnold

Peter Arnold

Head of Emerging Talent (UK & International) at CMS

Kirsty Wilkins

Kirsty Wilkins

Head of professional development at Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Emma Lilley

Emma Lilley

Head of Legal UK&I at SD Worx and Founder of ‘In-house Potter’

Bethany Taylor

Bethany Taylor

Associate at Eversheds Sutherland through the solicitor apprenticeship route

Julie Swan

Julie Swan

Director of Education and Training at Solicitors Regulation Authority

Ellen Swarbrick

Ellen Swarbrick

Trainee solicitor at Vinson & Elkins

Dr Naila Anwar

Dr Naila Anwar

Acting Head of Law at University of Huddersfield

Rob Dudley

Rob Dudley

Head of Employability and Engagement at BARBRI

Jay Heer

Jay Heer

Future trainee solicitor at Simmons & Simmons and founder of JaysLawLife

Kamila Czerwinski

Kamila Czerwinski

Graduate Solicitor Apprentice at TLT LLP

Sponsors

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Tickets

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Please note that LegalEdCon is for professionals rather than students, who we do not charge to attend our events. However, we do have a limited number of free tickets for our student campus ambassadors. You can find out more about the Campus Ambassador Programme here.

Schedule

From 8:30

Breakfast

9:10

Welcome

9:20

Skills and knowledge gaps: where are trainees and junior lawyers strong, and what do they need to improve?

10:25

Morning coffee and networking

10:50

AI corner

11:25

Solicitor apprenticeships: beyond the hype

12:30

Lunch

13:35

SQE latest developments

14:40

Afternoon coffee and networking

15:00

Innovation in legal education

16:05

Keynote

17:05

Closing remarks

17:30 onwards

Canalside drinks and canapés reception and the Legal Cheek Awards 2024

Venue

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Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG

About the sponsors

BPP University Law School

With over 30 years’ experience, there’s a reason why BPP Prepares you better. As one of the UK’s leading law schools, we pride ourselves on working with legal employers, firms, chambers, and regulators to build and deliver professionally relevant courses that prepare you for a rewarding career in law. Our commitment to innovation and practical learning is the reason that we are trusted to shape the brightest legal talent – from the Magic Circle to high street practice, chambers to charities. Each of our courses focus entirely on your employability, developing the practical skills you need as a lawyer to ensure you have that edge to secure qualifying work experience or pupillage. Which is why we invest heavily in technology to provide you with the most effective and dynamic learning experience, one which mirrors life in practice and prepares you to succeed in a modern legal environment. Don’t just be prepared. BPP Prepared.

BPP University Law School is based across the UK – with two centres in London (Holborn and on the South Bank in Waterloo) and centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds and Manchester. We also offer innovative and engaging online learning for those who wish to study remotely.

BARBRI

BARBRI has over 50 years’ proven expertise in preparing aspiring lawyers to succeed in their professional exams. 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.

LexisNexis

At LexisNexis, our mission is to advance the Rule of Law around the world. Everything we do – from our products and services, to how we do business, is about ensuring that all people are equal under the law. We collaborate with universities and academic organisations of every size to ensure students succeed with our legal research and guidance tools, as well as helping law teachers to progress their research, prepare for lessons and find useful teaching materials. We’re here to support you whatever your role – whether you’re educating the next generation of lawyers or training graduates in the workplace.

The City Law School

The City Law School (part of City, University of London) is unusual amongst UK law schools in that we give equal weight to both academic and professional law. We offer a complete range of courses – from the LLB, the Graduate Diploma in Law conversion programme, LLM programmes, PhDs, through to vocational training for Barristers and Solicitors (leading to Postgraduate Diplomas or LLM degrees). Within a traditional University community, we support students to realise their full potential by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and values that they need.

The Food Chain

Founded in 1988, The Food Chain exists to ensure people living with HIV in London can access the nutrition they need to get well, stay well and lead healthy, independent lives.

They deliver meals and groceries, offer cookery and nutrition classes and communal eating opportunities to people living with HIV in London and their dependents.

Individual donations help us respond to people’s immediate need for food and nutritional support at times of health crisis in their lives. Thanks to the dedication of over 150 trained volunteers who help us deliver our vital services, a donation to The Food Chain goes a long way: for every pound we spend 89p on charitable services. www.foodchain.org.uk