Legal Futures Innovation Conference, 2019

The Legal Futures Innovation Conference showcases the increasingly diverse ways of delivering legal services and owning legal businesses. Can you afford to be left behind?


Event Details

Date: 28th November 2019 ( 09:30 – 17:00 )

Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre, London

Phone: 020 3567 1207



Entering its ninth year, the Legal Futures Innovation Conference has consistently reflected how the amount and variety of innovation grows every year. We showcase the most interesting and thought-provoking developments, hear from the pioneers disrupting the market, and provide delegates with ideas and motivation to take back to their own businesses.

This year we will look at what the impact has been of the increasingly diverse ways in which law firms are now owned – hearing from some of the most high-profile – and learn how apps, consolidators and other innovators are changing the ways in which legal services are delivered.

The conference comes just three days after the SRA’s new Standards & Regulations come into force, ushering in a new era where unregulated businesses can employ practising solicitors to deliver advice to the public. We will feature some of the unregulated business already active in the market – two thanks to SRA waivers because they didn’t want to wait for the rules to change – and what they mean for consumers and regulated firms.

Finally we will examine how (indeed if) much-hyped technology such as artificial intelligence is relevant to smaller law firms, and how to overcome the barriers to innovation that you may be facing.

For many, innovation is no longer something that others do – it is an integral part of how they are improving as businesses in serving their clients. The Legal Futures Innovation Conference will help law firm leaders and others in the market understand what is going on and how they can make sure they are not left behind.




Neil Rose, Editor, Legal Futures


Who owns the law?

With more than 1,000 alternative business structures in existence, there are now many ownership models for legal businesses. In this session, we will look at how this changes firms by hearing from the smallest of the six listed law firms, a firm that has now twice taken private equity, and a practice bought a year ago by an international network of professional service firms.


Nicola Foulston, CEO, Rosenblatt

Nick Johnson, Managing Partner, Glaisyers

Fiona Scott, CEO, Plexus Law


The AI hype curve – What new technology could smaller firms benefit from?

While stories abound of large law firms investing in artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies, are we really just caught up in a huge amount of hype? And in any case, how much can smaller firms benefit from this new wave of technology? Our speakers will offer their experiences of what IT offers small firms.


Alex Hamilton, CEO, Radiant Law

Joanne Frears, Lionshead Law

Adrian Clarke, CEO, evident proof


A word from our Headline Sponsor: LexisNexis


Networking break


Unregulated advice: Opportunities for all?

The SRA’s new Standards & Regulations come into force three days before the conference, ushering in a new era where unregulated businesses can employ practising solicitors to deliver advice to the public. We will hear from legal businesses that see the benefits of operating unregulated businesses and how regulated firms should consider responding and how this shift could change the legal market.

They include two that have already been operating like the new-style firms thanks to SRA waivers, the largest unregulated wills provider in the country, and an SME-focused business set up by a serial barrister entrepreneur.


Matthew Howgate, Consultant, DG Legal

Mark Edwards, Senior Vice-President, Rocket Lawyer

Dan Garrett, CEO, Farewill

Lindsay Healy, Founder, Aria Grace Law

Andrew Thornton, Founder, Sparqa Legal


A word from our exhibitors: a series of short presentations from some of the companies exhibiting at today’s conference


Networking Lunch


Barriers to innovation – Making it happen

Innovation comes in many shapes and sizes, but it can be difficult to make happen for various reasons, ranging from the regulatory to the cultural. We will hear from a range of perspectives on how to build a culture that embraces innovation, such as the head of research and development at a firm that has created a firm-wide environment to encourage staff to pursue innovation and the head of a review looking at the shortcomings of the current regulatory regime


Professor Stephen Mayson, Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation

Matthew Hill, Chief Executive, The Legal Services Board

Andy Sparkes, Director of Legal Markets, LexisNexis

Christie Guimond, Co-Founder, She Breaks the Law

Karim Derrick, Head of R&D, Kennedys


Networking break


New ways of doing law

The increasingly diverse ways of delivering legal services and organising legal businesses has been one of the most fascinating developments over recent years. We will hear from those at the forefront of changes, including a law firm consolidator, a City firm that has set up a lower-cost offshoot for a particular group of clients as well as an ‘alternative legal solutions’ arm, and the developer of a subscription-based legal services app, among others.


Tony Stockdale, Chairman, Metamorph Law

Guy Usher, Partner, Fieldfisher

Mike Roberts, Managing Director, LegalShield UK

More speakers to be announced


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.


Headline Sponsor


Ticket Pricing

LEGAL AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT: £175 + vat  before 9 November. 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:

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 etc. Unless the company is an Associate of Legal Futures. If you are unsure please contact us: