Annual Innovation Conference


9.00:          Registration


9.30:          Welcome from Neil Rose, Editor, Legal Futures


9.35:          Keynote Address: AI in law – the next five years

Speaker: Rohit Talwar, CEO, Fast Future

A leading futurologist, Rohit Talwar authored the Legal Technology Future Horizons report for the International Legal Technology Association, and has immersed himself in the way that global technology trends are affecting the legal market. A compelling speaker, he will outline the exponential business growth opportunity presented by emerging technologies and disruptive thinking.

10.20:          Keynote session: The most talked-about ABS of them all

Speaker: Ken Fowlie, Managing Director of UK and Europe, Slater & Gordon

Slater & Gordon is the most written-about, and surely the most talked-out, ABS of them all. There have been significant highs and lows for this ground-breaking business – the first law firm in the world to float – and the reality is that in just four years it has become probably the best-recognised consumer legal brand in the UK. There is a lot to learn from Slater & Gordon’s experience and we are delighted that Ken Fowlie will be joining us to discuss its journey since buying RJW more than four years ago.


10.50:          Presentations from sponsors and exhibitors


11.10:          Networking break


11.40:          Investing in law firms – Tales from the trenches


Trevor Howarth, CEO, One Legal

Jeff Winn, Managing Director, Winn Solicitors

Dene Rowe, Director of Product Development, Keoghs

External investment in law firms has been a slow burn – there have been around 25 deals done in the last four years and while some have been successful, others haven’t. But amid predictions that a second wave of investment is coming, we will hear from claimant PI firm Winn Solicitors, which has accepted private equity and thrived, top defendant firm Keoghs – which has done the same – and from the non-lawyer head of One Legal, who recently saved well-known criminal defence firm Kaim Todner from closure.

12.20:          Regulatory reform as a driver for innovation


Robert Bourns, President, Law Society

Crispin Passmore, Executive Director – Policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Caroline Wallace, Strategy Director, Legal Services Board

Is regulation a tool to promote innovation or should the market be left to do what it does? There are sharply divided views between regulators and those representing solicitors, and in this session we will examine the arguments and see where the future lies for regulation as promoting, or even stifling, innovation.

13.00:          Networking lunch


14.00:          Non-traditional legal businesses – the new competition


Clive Rich, Chairman, LawBite

Stephen Ward, CEO, Clerksroom

Paul King, CEO, April King

Howard Sears, Partner, Price Bailey

If you are prepared to shop around, there is an increasing number of different sources to advice to the traditional law firm. From direct access barristers and online legal services, to a thriving collective of independent lawyers and the first firm of accountants to become an ABS, we take a look at the competition.

15.00:          Innovation in legal practice


Robert Camp, Managing Partner, Stephens Scown

Simon Goldhill, CEO, Metamorph Law

Matt Howells, Managing Director, Co-operative Legal Services

Jon Whittle, Market Development Director, LexisNexis

Quentin Baker, Director of Law & Governance, LGSS Law

More speakers to be announced

There are many ways to skin the innovation cat, and this session will showcase some of them. From the high street brand (Co-op Legal Services) to the first top 200 firm to embrace employee ownership (Stephens & Scown) to the start-ups aggressively looking to shake up the market (Metamorph), we will hear from those pushing the boundaries.

16.30:          Networking drinks


17.15:          Close