|November 2014: Legal Futures Annual Conference – The era of the entrepreneur
This year’s Legal Futures Conference reflected more than ever how the face of the legal market is changing, and how entrepreneurs – both with a legal qualification and without – are the driving force behind this.
The events of recent years have firmly put paid to the tired cliché that lawyers cannot be business-like, but to what extent has the influx of successful non-lawyers into the market stimulated this new entrepreneurial culture?
We heard from a range of senior figures on both sides of the fence about how they are shaping the new legal world, and debated what makes a lawyer entrepreneurial with an examination of the LexisNexis Bellwether Report 2014.
We also examined the other trends that will influence the development of legal services over the next five years with the exclusive launch of the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s 2020 report.
Adrian Fawcett, Non-executive Chairman, Smith Jones Solicitors
Chris Marston, CEO LawNet
Eddie Ross, Chief Executive, QualitySolicitors
George Bull, National Chair of Professional Practices Group, Baker Tilly
William Robins, Operations Director, Keystone Law
Simon Philips, Managing Partner, Root Capital
Andy Foster, Legal Services Consumer Panel
Elisabeth Davies, Chair, Legal Services Consumer Panel
Craig Holt, Chief Executive, LegalZoom UK
Chris Kenny, Chief Executive, Legal Services Board
Crispin Passmore, Executive Director, Policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Jordan Furlong, Lawyer, speaker, industry analyst and consultant
Jon Whittle, Market Development Director, LexisNexis
George Bisnought, Managing Director, Excello Law
Alex Hamilton, CEO, Radiant Law
Dana Denis-Smith, Chief Executive, Obelisk
David Grossman, Chief Executive, Simplify Group
Karen Jackson Chief Executive, Roberts Jackson Solicitors
Chris Moat, Managing Director Fairpoint Group
James Christacos, Head of Operations, DAS Law