Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244

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

March 2020

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

It will be an opportunity to discuss the interim report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation published last year 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 - as is 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 and Independent Review of Legal Services; Chris Handford, Solicitors Regulation Authority; Matthew Hill, Legal Services Board; Rob Houghton, reallymoving and The Law Superstore; Ewen Macleod, Bar Standards Board; Dr Ashwini Natraj, London Economics; Amanda Pinto QC, Bar Council; Vicky Purtill, CILEx Regulation; Neil Rose, Legal Futures; Julia Salasky, Legl and Duncan Wiggetts, ICAEW.

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 BEIS; CMA; Crown Prosecution Service; Government Legal Department; HM Courts and Tribunals Service; HM Treasury; Law Commission of England and Wales; MoJ DCMS; DfT; Department of Finance; and The Scottish Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

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


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

Delegate Pack

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


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates