Legal Futures Innovation Conference

Innovation in the legal sector has continued unabated during the last 18 months, and at this year’s conference we’ll be showcasing some of the most successful entrepreneurs and interesting approaches to delivering legal services.

Event Details

Date: 16th November 2021 ( 09:30 – 17:00 )

Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre, London

Phone: 020 3567 1207



Many aspects of legal life have changed in the last 18 months but the need to innovate has not – if anything, it has become more urgent. Our coverage of law firms, both regulated and not, which have introduced new approaches to legal practice has remained vibrant since our last Innovation Conference two years ago and in this event we will reflect that.

It is now a decade since the first alternative business structure (ABS) was licensed. The change in that time has been immense – around 1,500 ABSs are now operating in every corner of the legal market, while countless more firms have taken up the innovation challenge inspired by the Legal Services Act without having to change their ownership.

The Legal Futures Innovation Conference has always looked to showcase those at the cutting edge and this year’s will be no different. Our session on New Ways to Practise Law will feature an amazing variety of firms, from one offering litigation concessions to law firms and a business with both regulated and unregulated firms, to the solicitor who set up an unregulated employment law business and successfully sold it last year.

We will hear from some of the growing number of consolidators in the market – by my count there are at least 10 actively looking for acquisitions – and about the many ways to finance innovation now, including private equity and public listing.

Key to much of this is understanding today’s clients and the Managing Director of Consumer Legal Services at Slater & Gordon – which remains at the forefront of the consumer market – will explain her vision of the future.

The conference will close with a different angle on changing practice – the focus on environmental, social and governance that is permeating the business world. Law firms that are part of different movements promoting an ethical approach to doing business will explain why this should now be on your agenda.



Registration and breakfast refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Neil Rose, Editor, Legal Futures


New ways to approach legal practice

This session will hear from innovators who are pioneering new ways of organising law firms and delivering legal services: Escalate Law, a joint venture between a law firm and accountancy practice targeting litigation; Tapestry, which has embraced employee ownership; Mark Ellis, who founded employment law business Ellis Whittam and sold it last year;, a digital law firm; Stephenson Law, a commercial firm that operates like a fast-growth tech company; and the 360 Law Group operates both regulated and unregulated legal businesses.


Alice Stephenson, Founder, Stephenson Law
Robert Taylor, CEO, 360 Law Group
Janet Cooper, Co-founder, Tapestry Compliance
Nick Harvey, Managing Partner, Escalate Law
Andrew Leaitherland, CEO,
Mark Ellis, Founder, Ellis Whittam


A word from our sponsors and exhibitors

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


Refreshments Break


The era of the consolidator

There is a growing number of law firms looking to consolidate the legal market – at least 10 different groups at our count. This session will hear from five of them with different agendas: Simplify, owned by a leading private equity firm and the largest conveyancing practice in the country; Taylor Rose MW is looking to build a national consumer law practice allied to a consultancy business; Essex firm Fisher Jones Greenwood was recently bought by a private equity firm with a brief to build a £100m law firm in the next five years; the MAPD Group, which owns Jackson Lees, created last year through an MBO; and Echelon Law is targeted at small firms with succession issues.


Colum Smith, Chief Vision Officer, Taylor Rose MW
David Grossman, CEO, Simplify
Paula Cameron, COO, Fisher Jones Greenwood
Joanna Kingston-Davies, COO, The MAPD Group
Andrew Roberts, Director, Echelon Law


Buffet Lunch


Keynote Speaker: The future of consumer legal services

Slater & Gordon is never far from the headlines in the legal press but nobody can question its place at the forefront of the consumer legal services market. It recently announced a revolutionary digital legal service that enables clients to progress their matters with little or no direct contact with a lawyer. Alicia Alinia, Managing Director of Consumer Legal Services, will talk about how Slater & Gordon views the market and what it means for the wider profession.


Funding innovation

ABSs have enabled law firms to access different ways to fund their ambitions. In this session, we will hear from: Tower Street Finance, which has recently entered the legal market; Doorway Capital, the funder and owner of Simpson Millar; ScaleUp Capital, a private equity firm which invested in the now listed firm Keystone Law; and Andrew Leaitherland, who was at the helm of DWF when it went public.

Steve Din, Founder, Doorway Capital
Frank Hyman, COO, ScaleUp Capital
Andrew Leaitherland, CEO, – former CEO, DWF
Richard Davies, Director, Tower Street Finance


Refreshments Break


Doing business, doing good

The way you do business is under the microscope like never before. Law firms have previously focused on pro bono and corporate social responsibility but now need to show that they operate in an enlightened manner too. In this session we will explore the movements law firms have joined – such as B-Corps, the Good Business Charter and Circulytics – that set new standards in proving a commitment to doing business ethically.


Martin Bunch, Managing Partner, Bates Wells
Florence Brocklesby, Founder, Bellevue Law
Lindsay Healy, Founder, Aria Grace Law




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.


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Ticket Pricing

In Person: £199 + vat.  Includes refreshments and buffet lunch

Online: £99 + vat.  Live stream access via YouTube for one connection.

After the conference both in-person and online delegates will receive access to slides, video and audio recordings of the event.

Prices are per person.

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