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 are holding the first Legal Futures Civil Litigation Conference, bringing 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.
Many litigation conferences are just a succession of lawyers presenting updates on the latest case law – this event will be different: a dynamic day of thought-provoking debate and practical advice on the key issues for litigators.
The event will start with Mr Justice Birss, a judge operating at the intersection of the issues we are discussing, given his role on the Civil Procedure Rule Committee and rulings in many key cases, notably on costs.
We will then hear from HM Courts and Tribunals Service about how the court modernisation will affect the civil jurisdiction, and from practitioners and providers at the forefront of the new world of litigation data and analytics. Can data really tell you how a judge will rule on your case?
In the afternoon, we will look at the big issues in costs with a panel that includes the Senior Costs Judge, as well as how lawyers can protect their clients – during which you will hear from one of the very few solicitors to run a multi-million pound claim under a damages-based agreement.
We then finish by looking at the future of litigation with a panel that includes well-known commentators Professor Dominic Regan and Kerry Underwood.
You will leave the Legal Futures Civil Litigation Conference with a full understanding of the big issues facing practitioners today, and ideas on what you need to do to respond to them.