PI Futures Conference, 2019


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The clock is ticking. Next April, the Civil Liability Act reforms will come into force and change the face of personal injury practice forever. This event sells out every year and we encourage you to book early to secure your place.

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Event Details

Date: 25th September 2019 ( 09:30 – 17:00 )

Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Phone: 020 3567 1207

Email: conference@legalfutures.co.uk

Overview

The clock is ticking. Next April, the Civil Liability Act reforms will come into force and change the face of personal injury practice forever.

In a world where RTA claims worth up to £5,000 are small claims and dealt with through a government portal that encourages people to do it themselves, what is the future for law firms for which this work has been their bread and butter?

This year’s PI Futures is focused on what the changes mean and how lawyers and others can respond. First, you need to know the current state of play – we will hear from all the key players about how the reforms are shaping up, including the latest on the new portal.

Then you need to know what you can do in the meantime – speakers will examine the current costs issues in PI, particularly after Herbert, as well as access to funding and the impact of the new discount rate.

Marketing and conversion – now and in the future – will remain core to the success of any practice, and our specialists will advise on the latest tactics to win the battle of the calls and clicks.

And finally you need to decide what the future is for your practice. We have assembled a panel of experts to help delegates understand the range of strategic responses to this time of unprecedented change.

Over the past eight years, PI Futures has become the go-to event for all those involved in advising and helping claimants. It has been a period of never-ending change, but the biggest and hardest change of all is now on the horizon.

This event sells out every year and we encourage you to book early to secure your place.

CPD:

Accredited by APIL: 4.75 hours

Accredited by CLSB: 6 CPD points

 

In Manchester later that evening? Take part in the Headway 40th Anniversary Quiz Night at Dive NQ Bar in Manchester, hosted by Thorneycroft Solicitors. All proceeds go to Headway – the brain injury trust.

https://www.thorneycroftsolicitors.co.uk/blog/headway-quiz/

Programme

From 8.30

Registration and refreshments


09.30

Welcome from the Chair

Neil Rose, Editor, Legal Futures


09.35

Whiplash reforms – where are we now?

It is now just seven months until the whiplash reform element of the Civil Liability Act regime is due to come into force – and some key questions remain unanswered. In this session, we will hear about the portal for the small claims track and the policies behind it from the perspective of both the developers and the users, and you will have your chance to ask the questions you need answering.

Speakers:

  • Representative of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau
  • Matthew Maxwell Scott, Director, Association of Consumer Support Organisations
  • Paul Nicholls, Chairman, Motor Accident Solicitors Society
  • Jonathan Scarsbrook, Executive Committee, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Martin Heskins, CEO, MedCo
  • Tony Buss, Managing Director, ARAG plc
  • Richard Hutchinson, Ministry of Justice

11.00

A Word from our Sponsors and Exhibitors

A series of short presentations from some of the companies sponsoring and exhibiting at the conference


11.20

Networking Break


11.50

Hot Topics:

Costs in personal injury after Herbert v HH

Ahead of the reforms, solicitors need to focus on the day job and maximise their returns from their current caseload. A leading costs barrister, Erica Bedford will look at how the Court of Appeal’s ruling in Herbert has changed behaviours, and other important cases impacting on costs, particularly around exiting the portals.

Speaker:
Erica Bedford, Kings Chambers

Impact of the new discount rate

By the time of the conference, the Lord Chancellor will have made his decision on the new discount rate – he has until 5 August. Mark Holt will explain what the new rate means and how solicitors should approach their cases as a result.

Speaker:
Mark Holt, Commercial Director, Frenkel Topping

A funder’s view of the PI market

Despite the uncertainty in the PI market, funders are still keen to support well-run firms with clear strategies. Steve Din, who saved Simpson Millar after the collapse of Fairpoint and is backing other PI firms, will outline his bullish view of what it takes to succeed.

Speaker:
Steve Din, Founder, Doorway Capital


12.40

A Word from our Sponsors and Exhibitors

A series of short presentations from some of the companies sponsoring and exhibiting at the conference


13.00

Networking Lunch


14.00

Attracting and converting clients

It has arguably never been more important to focus on attracting clients and then converting them – and the sell will be even harder after next April. In this session, Andy Cullwick will launch the findings of First4Lawyers latest research on PI marketing and where law firms can do better, while SEO specialist Sam Borrett will give the lowdown on how best to take on Google’s algorithms, followed by conversion guru Professor Ian Cooper who will highlight how to turn that call into a client.

Speakers:

  • Andy Cullwick, Head of Marketing, First4Lawyers
  • Sam Borrett, Managing Director, Legmark
  • Professor Ian Cooper

15.00

Networking Break


15.30

Your future in PI: Should I stay or go?

There has never been a more critical time for PI lawyers to take a long, hard look at their practices and decide how they are going to respond to next April’s reforms. Our closing panel brings together experts from every angle to explore the key factors. They represent law firms committed to taking on the new market – and open to buying their competitors – expert consultants working with firms leaving the market or diversifying, and a tax adviser on the consequences of those decisions.

Speakers:

  • Zoe Holland, Managing Director, Zebra Legal Consulting
  • Neil Hudgell, Managing Director, Hudgell Solicitors
  • Abdul Hussain, Managing Director, AWH Law
  • David Kitson, Partner, Baldwins
  • Shirley Woolham, CEO, Minster Law
  • Jeff Zindani, Managing Director, Acquira Legal

17.00

Conference closes


Venue

Emirates Old Trafford
(Lancashire County Cricket Club)
Talbot Road
Manchester M16 0PX

Our conference is taking place in The Point. The best way to get to The Point is to enter via Talbot Road, through Gate 1 and park in either Car Park 1 or 2.

By Car

For sat nav please use M16 0PX. Emirates Old Trafford recommend using https://tfgm.com to plan your route.

By Tram/Metrolink

Metrolink trams provide connections across Greater Manchester with 93 stops right across the region. Metrolink runs every few minutes so you don’t need a timetable, you can just turn up and travel. For those visiting the region from further afield there is free parking for Metrolink customers at Park and Ride sites across the network.

You can purchase tickets on-stop or by using the get me there app. The Nearest Tram stop: Old Trafford (this stop is directly outside the ground). Plan your Metrolink journey now on the website or at @MCR Metrolink

By Train

Greater Manchester’s rail connections mean it’s easy to get here from anywhere in the country.

Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate Castlefield and Victoria all have access to tram stops, which will take you directly to the ground. Plan your journey now.

Sponsors

Headline Sponsor

Refreshments Sponsor

Exhibitors

Ticket Pricing

LEGAL AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT: £175 + vat  until 7 September 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 etc. Unless the company is an Associate of Legal Futures. If you are unsure please contact us: conference@legalfutures.co.uk