Westminster Legal Policy Forum

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

TO BE PUBLISHED March 2020


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.


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: the Bar Council; the Bar Standards Board; The Law Society; the Legal Ombudsman; Legal Services Board; and the Solicitors Regulation Authority - as well as from: CILEx Regulation; ICAEW; The Law Superstore; LEAP Legal Software; Legal Futures; Legl; London Economics; and Russell-Cooke.


The agenda in summary


  • Key findings from the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation;
  • The state of the market - transparency, consumer engagement, and the Market Study;
  • Next steps for policy development;
  • Technology adoption and 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’.


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates