Compliance and Regulation Conference, 2020


If you know all these acronyms, then this is the conference for you: STaRs, COLPs, AML, PII, SQE, SARs, COFAs…. and much more

£175.00 ex VAT

Early Bird Price until 21st February 2020.
Full Price: £225.00  ex VAT.

Event Details

Date: 11th March 2020 ( 09:30 – 17:00 )

Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre, London

Phone: 020 3567 1207



How have the first three months of the SRA’s Standards & Regulations (STaRs) been for you? Have you got to grips with the changes or are they causing you headaches? Have you had time to consider all the other regulatory challenges, such as compliance with the Fifth Money Laundering Directive, which became law on 20 December 2019 and entered into force just three weeks later?

This year’s Legal Futures Compliance and Regulation Conference is focused on the practical impact of these and other changes facing law firms of every shape and size. It is an opportunity to hear from and quiz the decision-makers, COLPs, COFAs and others on the frontline of ensuring solicitors stay on the right side of the SRA’s enforcement policy.

As well as an in-depth look into the issues that have arisen with STaRs and the new Solicitors Accounts Rules since November, we will highlight the key trends and risks in anti-money laundering and cyber-crime, consider the current state of the professional indemnity insurance market in the wake of the SRA’s decision not to reduce the minimum level of cover, and also look at professional negligence trends.

It will also be just 18 months until the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination will introduce a seismic change to the way solicitors train. Many have yet to give its impact much thought, so we are holding a panel debate with those who have so you can start the conversation in your firm.

This event is aimed at:

  • Managing partners/CEOs
  • Partners/Directors
  • COLPs and COFAs
  • Money Laundering Reporting Officers
  • Compliance experts
  • Regulation specialists
  • IT directors



Registration and refreshments


Getting to grips with Solicitors Accounts Rules

The new Accounts Rules are certainly shorter and sharper – but are they better? Various issues have already arisen – such as around agreed fees – while law firms now have the option of dispensing with client account or using a third-party managed account. In this session, we will get into the nitty gritty of the key issues that have emerged with the project lead from the SRA, a COFA, a legal accounting specialist and the head of a firm that is using a third-party managed account.


Jatinder Loyal, Policy Associate, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Sarah Charlton, DG Legal

Martin Finnigan, Co-founder, Causeway Law

One speaker to be confirmed


A word from our sponsors and exhibitors: a series of short presentations from the companies exhibiting at today’s event


Refreshments Break


Reach for the STaRs

In this session, we will hear from the SRA on its initial impressions of how STaRs have gone down and the issues practitioners have been raising, along with a leading law firm consultant and COLPs at firms of different sizes on the pinch-points they have experienced and the tips to ensure smooth understanding of and compliance with the new rule book.


David Gilmore, DG Legal

Speaker from the SRA

Jo Riddick, Macfarlanes

More speakers to be confirmed




The AML burden

The rapid implementation of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive on 10 January made for an unexpectedly stressful start to the year for many law firms, which were already dealing with the SRA’s demand for a declaration that they have in place a risk assessment complying with the AML regulations. In this session, a leading figure in the profession’s work on AML will talk through the major issues facing law firms as the focus on lawyers’ efforts to combat fraud comes under ever closer scrutiny.


Speaker to be confirmed


Cyber criminals at the gates

Law firms are seriously exposed to cyber-crime, according to research published last year that said cyber-criminals “need only a sliver of vulnerability to fraudulently gain access to valuable and sensitive data”. This has undoubtedly become one of the biggest problems facing the legal profession and so delegates will hear from a leading expert on the major challenges for firms and how they should address them.


Russell Price, Chair of the Continuity Forum and the BSI Risk Management Committee


The next generation of solicitors

In September 2021, training to become a solicitor will change fundamentally. Students will no longer need to complete a degree or legal practice course, or go through a formal training contract, so long as they have two years of qualifying work experience and are able to pass the two-stage Solicitors Qualifying Examination. What will this mean for recruitment and resource planning for law firms? Can the profession be confident that the next generation will be sufficiently prepared for practice? This session will be a lively panel debate among those who are at the forefront of planning for the new regime.


Sarah Hutchinson, Managing Director, Barbri International

Carolyn Morgan, HR Director, Squire Patton Boggs

One speaker to be confirmed


Refreshments Break


Getting your insurance right

Last October saw the professional indemnity insurance market toughen, with rates up particularly sharply for the first excess layer above the compulsory primary coverage. As we head into the renewal season, this panel will examine the current trends in the market, consider the impact of the SRA’s decision not to lower the compulsory layer, and look at other key issues, such as run-off cover and the closure of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund later this year. Meanwhile, the president of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association will survey the latest trends in claims against lawyers.


Frank Maher, Partner, Legal Risk

Katy Manly, Founder, Manley Turnbull; President, Professional Negligence Lawyers Association

More speakers to be confirmed


Cavendish Conference Centre

22 Duchess Mews



Getting there:

The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street.

The nearest overground stations are Marylebone, Euston and Kings Cross.

Arriving on Foot

To reach Cavendish Conference Centre on foot, maps and directions can be found on Just enter your start location and the postcode: W1G 9DT for the best walking route.

Arriving by Underground

Oxford Circus Underground Station (Victoria, Central, & Bakerloo Line) is 5 minutes walk away. Take Exit 4 on leaving Oxford Circus station, walk North up Regent Street and you will pass the Langham Hotel on your left and BBC Corporation House on your right. Turn left into Duchess Street and almost immediately you will see Duchess Mews on your right hand side, where the Cavendish sign is clearly displayed at the end of the Mews on the left. Alternatively Duchess Street is the 5th turn left when you have left Oxford Circus Tube Station and have started to walk North up Regent Street.

Arriving by Rail

Marylebone, Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras Stations are all within a 10 minute taxi ride or alternatively 15 minutes by Underground. Paddington Station  is a 20 minute walk or 10 minutes in a taxi.

Arriving by Car

To plan your journey by car visit The AA’s Route Planner and enter the postcode: W1G 9DT. Please note that this venue is within the Congestion Charge Zone.

Car Parking

On street Pay & Display parking is available outside the Conference Centre; otherwise there are NCP Car Parks, as listed below, all within 5 minutes walk of the venue:

  • Weymouth Mews
  • Chandos Street
  • Cavendish Square
  • Blue Badge Parking Scheme

Blue Badge Parking Scheme

To view spaces in the area reserved for Blue Badge holders on a map please visit GOV.UK and enter the postcode: W1G 9DT.


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