Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The future of legal services in England and Wales - regulation, consumer protection and responding to innovation

Morning, Tuesday, 25th February 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference focuses on the future regulation of legal services in England and Wales.


It will be an opportunity to discuss the recently published interim report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation and look ahead to the final report with the seminar coming ahead of its expected publication.


Areas for discussion include:

  • The future regulatory framework and role of individual regulators;
  • Protecting consumers and improving their experience and engagement with legal services;
  • Challenges for the sector in adopting legal technology, and issues that its use raises for regulation; and
  • The entry into the legal market of professional services firms, competition, and the future of reserved activities.

The Review’s lead, Professor Stephen Mayson, is a keynote speaker at the seminar, along with Chris Jenkins, Economics Director, Competition and Markets Authority.


The chairs are the former Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon the Lord Falconer of Thoroton and Lord Gold.


There will be further contributions from: Simon Davis, The Law Society; Kirsteen Forisky, LEAP Legal Software; John Gould, Russell-Cooke; Independent Review of Legal Services; Chris Handford, Solicitors Regulation Authority; Rob Houghton, reallymoving and The Law Superstore; Ewen Macleod, Bar Standards Board; Rebecca Marsh, Legal Ombudsman; Dr Ashwini Natraj, London Economics; Amanda Pinto QC, Bar Council; Vicky Purtill, CILEx Regulation; Neil Rose, Legal Futures; Julia Salasky, Legl; Duncan Wiggetts, ICAEW and speaker confirmed from the Legal Services Board

The agenda in summary

  • The Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation - key issues;
  • The state of the market - transparency, consumer engagement, and the Market Study;
  • Technology adoption, the changing shape of professional services firms;
  • Regulation in the legal services market - structures, roles, and independence; and
  • Public confidence, competition, and managing ‘unmet legal need’.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Legal Policy Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the MoJ; the Competition and Markets Authority; the Government Legal Department; HM Treasury and the Department of Finance.



Keynote Speaker

Professor Stephen Mayson

Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London and Lead, Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation

Keynote Speaker

Professor Stephen Mayson

Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London and Lead, Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation

Chairs

Rt Hon the Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Lord Gold

Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from Legal Services Board

Ewen Macleod

Director, Strategy and Policy, Bar Standards Board

Neil Rose

Editor, Legal Futures

Chris Handford

Director of Regulatory Policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Duncan Wiggetts

Executive Director, Professional Standards, ICAEW

John Gould

Senior Partner, Russell-Cooke; Author, The Law of Legal Services, Member, Advisory Panel, Independent Review of Legal Services

Senior speaker confirmed from the Legal Ombudsman

Dr Ashwini Natraj

Senior Economic Consultant, Consumer and Behavioural Economics Team, London Economics

Lord Gold

Julia Salasky

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Legl

Rebecca Marsh

Chief Ombudsman, Legal Ombudsman

Simon Davis

President, The Law Society

Vicky Purtill

Interim Chief Executive Officer, CILEx Regulation

Kirsteen Forisky

Head of Innovations, LEAP Legal Software

Amanda Pinto QC

Chair, Bar Council

Rob Houghton

Chief Executive Officer, reallymoving and The Law Superstore