The Era of the Entrepreneur

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.

See the full list of legal events on the main legal futures event page.


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


Lived up to its expectation. Lots of useful information.

Delegate – Nov 2014


Really interesting to see how true innovation in the market will accelerate over the next two to three years.

Delegate – Nov 2014


Fantastic up to the minute news and opinion on the issues in the legal market. Please keep it up.

Delegate – Nov 2014

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