Civil Litigation Conference 2019

19 March 2019

Change has been a constant for civil and commercial litigators in recent times, and 2019 and the years ahead promise no let-up. Indeed, technology is set to revolutionise both litigation practice and the court system itself.

This is why we held the first Legal Futures Civil Litigation Conference, which brought together leading judges and practitioners to debate how the face of litigation is evolving, giving delegates the insight they need to decide where their practices should be going.

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9.30 Welcome Neil Rose, Editor of Legal Futures

9.35 Keynote Interview: Mr Justice Birss

10.05 Court modernisation – what is happening and when?

Richard Goodman, Change Director, HM Courts & Tribunals Services

Andrew George QC, Blackstone Chambers and member of the executive committee of COMBAR

Natalie Osafo, Associate at Slaughter and May and President of the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association

11.00 A word from our sponsors

11.15 Refreshments Break

11.45 Can robots help you win your case?

Gideon Cohen, Founder, Solomonic

Andrew Dunkley, Head of Analytics, BLM

Ludwig Bull, CTO, CourtQuant

Charles Ciumei QC, Essex Court Chambers

Nikolaos Aletras, Lecturer in Natural Language Processing, University of Sheffield

Lucy Pert, Partner, Hausfeld

13.00 Lunch

14.00 The future of costs

Senior Costs Judge Gordon-Saker

Robert Marven QC, 4 New Square

Nicholas Lee, Managing Director, Paragon Costs Solutions

14.45 Protecting the client

Richard Spector, Partner, ELS Legal

Luke Harrison, Partner, Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors and Chair of the Commercial Litigation Association

Mark Holt, Managing Director, Frenkel Topping

15.30 Break

16.00 The future of civil litigation

Professor Dominic Regan

Kerry Underwood, Senior Partner, Underwoods Solicitors

Luke Harrison, Partner, Debenhams Ottaway and Chair of the Commercial Litigation Association

Gordon Exall, Barrister, Zenith Chambers

Robert Wright, Head of Civil Litigation Funding and Costs, Ministry of Justice


Very good range of subjects and interesting speakers. Good format with no long speeches!

Delegate – March 2019

Excellent variety of speakers. I learnt a lot from each panel session.

Delegate – March 2019

Very well organised and high-quality conference with interesting and balanced seminars. Do it again next year!

Delegate – March 2019

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