Sahar Hashemi, the solicitor-turned-entrepreneur who founded Coffee Republic, heads the line-up for the next Legal Futures Conference, The LEX Factor.
Our latest event – to be held in London on 6 June – comes as Legal Futures celebrates being shortlisted for the Halsbury  Legal Journalism Award.
We have also launched a new LinkedIn group for readers to debate the big issues in the legal profession.
The LEX Factor conference (full details here ) will look at who will be the winners in the ABS world, and how firms can learn from those already pushing the boundaries. We are offering a limited number of cut-price tickets for law firms and barristers’ chambers. These are going fast, so please contact us directly to reserve your place.
We use our in-depth knowledge of the legal market to introduce speakers and perspectives that our delegates will not have heard before.
Sahar Hashemi will give her unique perspective on how legal services need to evolve to meet the needs of the modern consumer. She will be followed by a panel to debate paying for work in the post-referral ban era for PI and non-PI practices alike. This will be made up of Law Society chief executive Des Hudson, SRA chief executive Antony Townsend, Conveyancing Association chairman Eddie Goldsmith and top personal injury lawyer Jeff Winn.
New ways to market will be examined by Charley Moore, the founder of Rocket Lawyer; Michel van Luijtelaar, Google’s legal industry manager; and David Jabbari, CEO of Connect2Law.
Delegates will also learn what one of the largest ever benchmarking surveys of SME law firms discovered about what makes a profitable practice, and hear how some of the new and most innovative legal businesses – ABS and not – view the market. Firms represented include Kings Court Trust Ltd, Stephensons Solicitors, Lyons Davidson, LegalForce, Inc and Carillion plc, with more to follow.
Meanwhile, the nomination of Editor Neil Rose and Legal Futures Publishing Ltd for the Legal Journalism Award – sponsored by Doughty Street Chambers’ media law and defamation team – caps a year in which the number of unique visitors has grown by nearly 50% year on year (latest figures), and by 121% including readers of Litigation Futures, which launched in July last year.
Between the two sites we now have 50,000 unique visitors a month, an achievement of which we, as an independent business without a large publishing company or institution behind us, are very proud.
In the two weeks since we launched our LinkedIn group – the Legal Futures Discussion Forum  – more than 300 people have joined and some excellent debates have already taken place. Do join us.