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LegalEdCon

LegalEdCon 2022 took place in-person at Kings Place, London on Thursday 12 May 2022. We’ll be back in 2023 for next year’s LegalEdCon. The Conference is headline sponsored by BPP University Law School, BARBRI and The University of Law, with LexisNexis, The College of Legal Practice, The City Law School, Nottingham Law School, Flex Legal and the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance as silver sponsors. It is attended every year by over 70 leading law firms’ learning & development and graduate recruitment teams, as well as academics from universities across the UK.

LegalEdCon 2022 features sessions on areas including the practical reality of implementing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), diversity & inclusion, solicitor apprenticeships, legal tech, and sustainability. The Conference also features a session focusing on the future of legal education and training for barristers. Check out the Bar session page here.

Speakers

Maxine Warr

Head of Education and Training at the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Ibrahim Mohammed

Britain’s top legal education YouTuber and Future Trainee Solicitor

Dorothea Bannerman-Bruce

Senior Learning Manager at Linklaters

Faisal Zainal

Legal Technology and Innovation Executive at Macfarlanes

Maria Connolly

Partner and Head of Real Estate and Energy & Renewables at TLT

Ray Berg

Managing Partner at Osborne Clarke

Lucie Allen

Managing Director at BARBRI

Laura Yeates

Head of Graduate Talent at Clifford Chance and Founder of the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance

Rohan Samrai

Future lawyer and Social Welfare Solicitors Qualifying Fund scholar

Morette Jackson

Director of Business Development at The University of Law

Dr Giles Proctor

Chief Executive Officer of The College of Legal Practice

Sasha Langeveldt

Project Manager at Students Organising for Sustainability UK

Professor Scott Slorach

Director of Learning & Teaching at The University of York Law School

Mary Bonsor

CEO and founder of Flex Legal

Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch

Associate Dean (Postgraduate and Professional Programmes) at The City Law School

George Yates

Solicitor Apprentice at BBC

Dr Assal Kareem

Breaking Barriers SQE scholar

Alison Wells

Company Director of Legal and HR at BPP

Tim West

Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills

Jordan Yohannes

Trainee Solicitor (Secondee) at Phoenix Group

Joshua Rutt

Sustainable Recruitment Alliance Student Advisory Board member and Future Trainee Solicitor at Macfarlanes

Joy Davies

Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Law School

François Feuillat

Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Lorna Nsoatabe

Associate at Slaughter and May

Nicole Tan

Innovation & Legal Technology Senior Manager at Addleshaw Goddard

Gemma de Cordova

Barrister at Gatehouse Chambers

Maia Crockford

Solicitor Apprentice (seconded to Sainsbury's) at DAC Beachcroft

Susan Cooper

Founder and CEO of Accutrainee

Grace Strutton

Head of People & Development at Lawyers on Demand

Chloe Kennedy

Legal Management Consultant at Deloitte

Siobhan McGinley

Head of Segment Marketing at LexisNexis

Rosie Buckley

Early Careers Recruitment Lead at Dentons

Roma Mcpherson

Solicitor Apprentice at Colt Technology Services

We will be announcing further speakers every fortnight in the run up to the Conference.

Sponsors

Headline sponsors

Silver sponsors

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Tickets

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Schedule

8:30

Breakfast

9:10

Opening address

9:15

Thinking differently to open up the legal profession to diverse future lawyers

10:15

Morning coffee and networking

10:40

Solicitor Apprenticeships – a new generation of qualified lawyers

11:50

Legal tech and the future of training as a lawyer

11:50

Why law firms need to take sustainability seriously to attract the best talent

12:50

Lunch and networking

14:00

What does the SQE mean in practice?

14:00

The future of education and training at the Bar

15:00

Afternoon coffee and networking

15:25

Beyond the SQE

16:35

Keynote

17:05

Closing remarks

Venue

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Kings Place
90 York Way
London N1 9AG

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.

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 College of Legal Practice

We are a fully accredited postgraduate law school based in the UK. We offer highly flexible legal training programmes at competitive prices. We collaborate closely with organisations to build SQE training programmes that work for you, grounded in practical learning and specific to the competencies that matter for your future solicitors. Established in 2019, The College of Legal Practice formed as a wholly-owned UK subsidiary of The College of Law in Australia; a not-for-profit provider and market leader with over 50 years of experience in legal education and training.

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.

Flex Legal

Flex Legal is an award-winning online platform, connecting top legal teams with the best interim talent in the industry. Founded in 2016 by James, a software engineer, and Mary, a property litigator, Flex was born with a simple idea to connect busy law firms and in-house counsel with law graduates. Fast forward five years... and today they support hundreds of clients to embrace the benefits of flexible resourcing, with over 6,000 lawyers and paralegals on their platform. In 2021, they took their mission to make the legal industry more diverse, inclusive, and flexible for all a step further by launching Flex Trainee - a brand new solicitor apprenticeship programme designed to support talented aspiring lawyers from social mobility backgrounds to qualify in-house via the SQE route.

Sustainable Recruitment Alliance

Our purpose is to help reduce the carbon footprint of early talent professionals. Our mission is to create and empower a deeply connected ecosystem of stakeholders, including early talent recruiters, universities, and student organisations, who are committed to reducing their collective carbon footprint and embedding sustainability at the heart of their practices.

Nottingham Law School

With over 50 years’ experience supporting students, Nottingham Law School is one of the UK’s largest and most established law schools. Through our first-class teaching, fantastic facilities and flexible programmes, we support legal professionals at every stage of their careers including the recent roll out of a suite of courses specifically designed to prepare students for the new centralised Solicitors Qualifying Examinations. We pride ourselves on our dynamic and personal Law School community, creating many fantastic opportunities for our students. The Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, our unique and ground-breaking teaching law firm, provides a number of pro bono activities. Other school community activities include mooting, volunteering, work experience, overseas placements, summer schools, guest lectures, careers skills workshops, professional and networking lunches, prize giving ceremonies and much more.

The Food Chain

The Food Chain charity is situated in Kings Cross and ensures 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. Inspired by their practical response, hundreds of volunteers deliver services, supported by a staff team of nine. People living with HIV often struggle to access the food they need to stay well because of ill health, poverty, isolation and a lack of motivation to eat well, or limited skills or knowledge. Every service user is referred to the charity by a health or social care professional who has identified them in need of nutritional support. Each service user receives a personalised Nutrition Care Plan designed specifically to meet their needs. By offering a tailored package of support, at the appropriate time, The Food Chain helps people to lead healthy, independent lives. More information on the charity and its work and how you can support them at www.foodchain.org.uk