Legal Futures announces first events


Manchester: debate on the future of personal injury work

Legal Futures is pleased to announce its first two events, which will both take place in October and be chaired by Editor Neil Rose. 

Meanwhile, we are also working with publisher Raconteur Media to produce a second supplement within The Times on “Legal Efficiency”. 

On 13 October in Manchester, we are partnering with the Claims Standards Council to put on “The Future of Personal Injury”. This will look at alternative business structures, the Young and Jackson reviews, and third-party assistance. 

The full programme will be released shortly and will feature some Legal Futures Associates. Click here for more. 

A little over a week later, on 21 October in London, we are partnering with CLT Conferences to host “Alternative business structures – Less than a year to go”. The speakers include Fran Gillon, director of regulatory practice at the Legal Services Board, Bronwell Still, former head of the policy team at the Solicitors Regulation Authority, George Bull, head of professional practices at accountants Baker Tilly, and Legal Futures Associates Chris Marston of Lloyds TSB, Patricia Wheatley-Burt of Trafalgar, Alastair Moyes of Marketlaw, Iain Miller of Bevan Brittan, Richard Cohen of Epoq and Craig Holt of QualitySolicitors. 

The topics to be covered are: 

  • The Legal Services Board’s perspective on ABSs.
  • The new Code of Conduct and outcome-focused regulation.
  • The ABS models.
  • Getting your firm in shape.
  • Working with an external investor.
  • Working smarter – the alternatives to ABS?
  • The options for the Bar.
  • Opportunities for local authorities.
  • Panel discussion: How will legal services be provided in 10 years’ time? New ways of finding and engaging lawyers.

For more information, click here

The 16-page supplement, to be published within The Times and edited by Neil Rose, will look at the growing demands on the legal profession to change the way it works. The first supplement, published in March, was also edited by Neil Rose. See it here

The Legal Services Act reforms, pressure on finances, demands from in-house counsel who themselves are being required to deliver more for less, and rapid developments in technology are all creating a perfect storm which will buffet every legal practice in the land. 

Even those legal businesses which decide not to take advantage of new opportunities in the market will need to have a fundamental look at the way they do business and find more cost-effective ways of delivering their services to increasingly demanding clients. The supplement will look at issues including new ways of delivering legal services, the appeal of outsourcing, how law firms should finance their practices, the opportunities offered by alternative business structures, e-disclosure and what the government’s recent announcement on the Jackson review means for litigation funders. 

Dominic Rodgers of Raconteur said: “Our first Legal Efficiency supplement in March tapped into the best of current thinking in the legal services marketplace and we will continue to provide cutting-edge analysis of the issues every lawyer and business owner in the land needs to consider.” Neil Rose said: “With little over a year to go until alternative business structures become a reality, this supplement could not be more timely. There is no time to lose – lawyers need a strategy to cope with what is coming their way and Legal Efficiency will highlight the key issues that should be in it.” To contact Raconteur about advertising opportunities, e-mail

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