Legal Futures Civil Litigation Conference, 2019


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This conference will bring together leading judges and practitioners to debate how the face of litigation is evolving, particularly as a result of  new technology. Can litigation data and analytics really tell you how a judge will rule on your case? Many litigation conferences are just a succession of lawyers presenting updates on the latest caselaw – this event will be different: a dynamic day of thought-provoking debate and practical advice on the key issues for litigators.

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Event Details

Date: 19th March 2019 ( 09:30 – 17:00 )

Venue: Grand Connaught Rooms, London

Phone: 020 3567 1207

Email: conference@legalfutures.co.uk

Overview

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.

Programme

8.45

Registration and refreshments


9.30

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


9.35

Keynote Address: Mr Justice Birss

Mr Justice Birss is a High Court judge who has found himself at the heart of many of the issues we will be debating during the conference. A member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, he chairs the online courts sub-committee and in recent months has given important ruling on issues such as costs budgeting and part 36.


10.05

Court modernisation – what is happening and when?

The £1bn court modernisation project is well underway, with notable progress in some areas, as well as warnings that the overall aims may be overly ambitious. We will hear about the plans for civil litigation, the prospect of online dispute resolution, and what this all means for lawyers.

Speakers:

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

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


11.15

Refreshments Break


11.45

Can robots help you win your case?

What impact will artificial intelligence and machine learning have on litigation? What models are out there to help run litigation and predict the outcome of cases? We will hear from those at the cutting-edge of bringing new technology to litigation practice

Speakers:

Gideon Cohen, Founder, Solomonic
A litigation data and analytics company which is trialing its product with leading law firms

Andrew Dunkley, Head of Analytics, BLM
Running a research project with the LSE on models to predict the costs and outcomes of cases

Ludwig Bull, CTO, CourtQuant
Previously part of Case Crunch, an AI platform to predict case outcomes, automate work and select the best lawyers

Charles Ciumei QC, Essex Court Chambers
Technology specialist and lecturer on use of algorithms to predict litigation

Nikolaos Aletras, Lecturer in Natural Language Processing, University of Sheffield
Carried out a study on models to predict the outcomes of decisions by the European Court of Human Rights

Lucy Pert, Partner, Hausfeld
A commercial litigator with a wide range of experience – including working for a litigation funder – she will provide the practitioner’s viewpoint on this technology


13.00

Lunch


14.00

The future of costs

Six years since the Jackson and LASPO reforms kicked in, is the costs landscape finally clear? Is proportionality finally understood? Are lawyers getting to grips with the electronic bill of costs? And what will be the impact of the capped costs pilot?

Speakers:

Senior Costs Judge Gordon-Saker

Nick Bacon QC, 4 New Square

Nicholas Lee, Managing Director, Paragon Costs


14.45

Protecting the client

There are many ways in which lawyers look to protect their clients, and the options are increasing. In this session, we will hear from Richard Spector, one of very few solicitors to take a multi-million pound case under a damages-based agreement; Luke Harrison, who has been exploring how best to use both third-party funding and after-the-event insurance; and a speaker from Frenkel Topping on protecting the damages of injured clients and discount rate reform

Speakers:

Richard Spector, Partner, ELS Legal

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

Mark Holt, Commercial Director, Frenkel Topping


15.30

Break


16.00

The future of civil litigation

There is so much changing in civil litigation – this final session will bring together some of the leading figures in the market to discuss how it is changing and where they see further reform coming from.

Speakers:

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

 


17.00

Conference closes


Venue

De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms

61 – 65 Great Queen Street

London WC2B 5DA

Nearest Tube Stations: Covent Garden; Holborn

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Ticket Pricing

LEGAL AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT: £175 + vat  until 22 February 2019. Then £225 + VAT

This price is for: practising certificate holders, employees of law firms, ABSs, barristers chambers and other providers of legal services such as costs lawyers and will writers. Employees of government departments, local authorities, regulatory bodies, registered charities and professional associations. Academics, researchers and students. Commercial service providers who are Associates of Legal Futures. If you are unsure please contact us: conference@legalfutures.co.uk

SUPPLIERS: £350+vat

This prices is for: any supplier of products or services to the legal market such as software vendors, management consultants, search companies, insurers, accountants, marketing advisors, claims companies, heir hunters etc. Unless the company is an Associate of Legal Futures. If you are unsure please contact us: conference@legalfutures.co.uk

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