Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Legal innovation and the business of law: technology, skills and new business models

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


As the legal sector responds to trends in new technologies and business structures, this seminar will assess the future provision of legal services in England and Wales - focusing on the next steps for competition and innovation.

It will also be a timely opportunity to consider the EU referendum outcome, and emerging challenges and opportunities for legal businesses - particularly in terms of client demand, investment, skills, and the global competitiveness of UK legal services.

Delegates will discuss the latest SRA marketplace report on innovation and the potential of technology to improve efficiencies and client service - including the regulator’s ambition to develop a safe ‘innovation space’ for regulated firms and individuals - as well as the OECD’s recent paper on the transformative impact of disruptive innovation on legal services. Further sessions will focus on latest market trends and approaches to the delivery of services - including the unbundling of legal instructions, the take-up of technology, changing workforce structures and consumer expectations, as well as the emergence of non-law firms using ABS licensing as a route to the market.

The conference is bringing together Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials and regulators involved in this area of public policy, together with law firms, chambers, legal businesses and wider professional services, investors, consultants, training providers, consumer bodies, academics and members of the national and trade press.

Guests of Honour

Crispin Passmore

Executive Director, Policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority

James Mancini

Analyst, Competition Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Guests of Honour

James Mancini

Analyst, Competition Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Crispin Passmore

Executive Director, Policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Keynote Speakers

Peter Saunders

Partner, Deloitte and Co-Author, Developing legal talent: Stepping into the future law firm

Caroline Wallace

Strategy Director, Legal Services Board

Sophia Adams-Bhatti

Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy, The Law Society


Rt Hon the Lord Hunt of Wirral

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Lord Clement-Jones

London Managing Partner, DLA Piper


Keith Austin

Senior Vice President and Head of Legal Services UKIEEMEA, DHL Global Business Services and Member, Advisory Board, NextLaw Labs

Sally Azarmi

Founder, Azarmi & Co and Chair, Small Firms Division, The Law Society

Professor Cosmo Graham

Director, Centre for Consumers and Essential Services (CCES), University of Leicester

Daniel van Binsbergen

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lexoo

Karl Chapman

Chief Executive Officer, Riverview Law

Jimmy Vestbirk

Founder, Legal Geek

Peter James

Head of Regulatory Policy, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

George Bisnought

Managing Director, Excello Law

Miranda Grell

Development Officer, Hackney Community Law Centre

Matt Meyer

Chief Executive Officer, Taylor Vinters