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

Morning, Tuesday, 13th June 2017

Central London


Focusing on the future of the legal education and training framework in England and Wales, this seminar 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 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.



Guest of Honour

Julie Brannan

Director of Education and Training, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Guest of Honour

Julie Brannan

Director of Education and Training, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Keynote Speakers

Richard Jarvis

Chief Executive, Judicial Appointments Commission

Vicky Purtill

Director of Authorisation and Supervision, CILEx Regulation

Professor Richard Susskind

Author of Tomorrow’s Lawyers and IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice (pre-recorded presentation)


Baroness Deech


Sophie Khan

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

Joanne Gubbay

Head of Learning and Development, Slaughter and May

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

Speaker confirmed from the Bar Standards Board

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