Legal Futures Annual Innovation Conference: 29 November 2018, London

Now in its eighth year, the Legal Futures’ Annual Innovation Conference examines recent developments in the legal market from new business models and strategic partnerships to the latest technology.

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Event Details

Date: 29th November 2018 ( 09:30 – 17:00 )

Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre, London



Innovation is a much-used word in the legal market. Why? Yes, everyone wants to be seen to embrace it in their own way, but more exciting is the fact that the amount and variety of innovation grows every year.

What the Legal Futures Innovation Conference does is showcase the best and most interesting developments, hear from the pioneers, and provide delegates with ideas and motivation to take back to their own businesses.

This, our eighth Innovation Conference, will be no different and we are especially pleased that the Legal Services Board will use the event to unveil the findings of its Innovation in Legal Services report, the most comprehensive review yet published of what innovation in the legal market looks like and how it is developing.

In a new feature, this year’s conference will see Legal Futures Editor Neil Rose interview on stage two very different but both hugely successful and high-profile innovators about their achievements and how they see the future: Sir Nigel Knowles and Marilyn Stowe.

We will hear from a recently listed law firm and one that is happy no longer to be owned by a listed business, from the unregulated businesses that are making their mark in the legal world, and from a selection of the law firms that have caught our eye in the past year for being or doing something very different.

And we will also ask where all the women are – there are plenty of women pushing the boundaries too but their voices are not always heard. An expert panel will consider why this is.



Registration with tea, coffee, juice and pastries


Welcome from the Chair, Neil Rose, Editor of Legal Futures


The current state of innovation

The Legal Services Board will launch its latest Innovation in Legal Services report, detailing the levels of innovation as well as the capabilities for and barriers to it. This will be followed by a discussion on what the findings tell us about the current state of the legal market and where it is going.


Rob Cross, Research Manager, Legal Services Board

Chris Nott, Founder and Senior Partner, Capital Law

David Whitmore, CEO, Slater & Gordon

Osman Ismail, Managing Director, DPS Software


Keynote interview: Sir Nigel Knowles

As the driving force behind DLA Piper and now the chairman of DWF, Sir Nigel Knowles has been at the forefront of the changing legal market for more than 30 years and has never been afraid to express strong opinions. This onstage interview with Legal Futures Editor Neil Rose will explore his views on how he sees the delivery of legal services changing.


Sir Nigel Knowles


A word from our sponsors

A series of short “elevator pitch” style presentations from a variety of suppliers to the market who are exhibiting at the conference


Refreshments Break


Lessons from listing

Five law firms have now listed on the London Stock Exchange, with several more reportedly in the wings – and the evidence to date is that you do not have to be a massive business to do it. We will hear from one of the newcomers to the public market, Knights plc, and the experience of Simpson Millar, which was bought by a listed company that subsequently failed, and has now come out the other side of this difficult experience with ambitious growth plans funded by Doorway Capital.


David Beech, CEO, Knights plc

Greg Cox, CEO, Simpson Millar


Unregulated and proud

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plans to allow solicitors to practise from unregulated businesses has thrown the spotlight on the unregulated sector, as has the regulator’s revamped waiver policy. In this session, we will hear from two that have waivers – Which? Legal Services, a longstanding provider of legal advice to subscribers, and Hybrid Legal, a firm that says it is “changing the way legal services are delivered to entrepreneurs and businesses” – as well as one that hasn’t, Farillio, an online document and advice service for start-ups and small businesses.


Merlie Calvert, Founder, Farillio

Ryan Lisk, Founder, Hybrid Legal

Darren Stott, Manager, Which? Legal Services


Lunch Two course fork buffet lunch, with a selection of soft drinks and desserts.


Keynote interview: Marilyn Stowe

Marilyn Stowe has shown what can be achieved in the legal profession. She started her practice in 1982, growing it to become the UK’s largest specialist family law firm. Along the way, she became one of the best-known family law specialists in the country, featuring regularly in the press and on TV. Such was the business and brand that she built that in 2017 she sold her interest in the firm to private equity. In an onstage interview with Legal Futures editor Neil Rose, she will discuss her career and what it takes to succeed.


Marilyn Stowe


Women leaders of innovation

Why is it that so many of the legal innovators in the news and at conferences like this are men? Where are the women leaders? Following on from the interview with Marilyn Stowe, a panel of women who are at the forefront of the business of law will talk about whether they face particular challenges and what the next generation should be doing to make their mark.


Shirley Brookes, Senior Partner, PwC Legal

Vidisha Joshi, Managing Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen

Shainul Kassam, Founder, Fortune Law

Barbara Hamilton-Bruce, Principal, BHB Consulting


Refreshments Break


The new innovators

This is the eighth year of the Legal Futures Innovation Conference and at every one we have showcased some of the most innovative and interesting legal businesses to have emerged in the post-Legal Services Act era. This conference is no different as we hear from a range of businesses bringing new ideas to the delivery of legal services.


Laura Fisher, Director, gunnercooke

Peter Lee, CEO,

Gary Gallen, CEO, rradar

Debbie Farman, Managing Director, Jordans Corporate Law

Dani McCormick, Director of Solutions, LexisNexis


Conference closes


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 Cavenish 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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