Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Next steps for reform of the legal education and training framework - standards, diversity and preparing for the skills needs of the future

Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will focus on the future of the legal education and training framework in England and Wales.


The discussion is timed to assess latest reforms being undertaken in this area by key legal regulators - including the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Training for Tomorrow initiative, and the Bar Standards Board’s Future Bar Training programme - and will bring out latest thinking on what more can be done to develop consistency and standards across the framework, as well as improve diversity and access to the profession.


In particular, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the SRA's proposal for a centralised Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) - which is scheduled for implementation in 2019 - and its possible impact on maintaining standards and competitiveness, as well as its implications for cost and access for students. Further sessions will look at the future availability and remuneration of training contracts, the framework for continuing professional development, and the development of alternative training pathways - including the growth of legal apprenticeships.


This conference is expected to bring together Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with universities, training providers, law firms, chambers and legal businesses, as well as commentators, academics and think tanks.



Guests of Honour

Julie Brannan

Director of Education and Training, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Oliver Hanmer

Director of Regulatory Assurance, Bar Standards Board

Guests of Honour

Julie Brannan

Director of Education and Training, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Oliver Hanmer

Director of Regulatory Assurance, Bar Standards Board

Keynote Speaker

Vicky Purtill

Director of Authorisation and Supervision, CILEx Regulation

Chairs

Baroness Deech

Shailesh Vara MP

Speakers

Sophie Khan

Solicitor Director, Sophie Khan & Co. Solicitors and Higher Court Advocates

Sarah Hutchinson

Managing Director, BARBRI International

Ruth Grant

Partner and Board Member, Hogan Lovells International and Member, City of London Law Society Training Committee

Rita Leat

Managing Director, Professional Paralegal Register

James Welsh

Director, BPTC Programme, BPP Law School

Jackie Panter

Associate Head, Law, Manchester Law School

Bryan Scant, Chair

Junior Lawyers Division, The Law Society

Peter Saunders

Lead Partner, Professional Practices Group, Deloitte