SRA chief executive to address February mergers and consolidation summit

Chief Executive of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, Antony Townsend, is to be guest speaker at a Legal Futures Associate 360 Legal Group’s Merger and Consolidation Summit in London on 6 February 2012.

With the SRA formally becoming a licensing authority on 23 December and starting to accept applications from law firms wishing to register alternative business structures (ABS) from 3 January – and maybe with the first having been approved by the date of the summit – Antony Townsend will be presenting the SRA’s views on the opportunity presented by ABS as part of a day that is designed to give law firms of all sizes a clear understanding of the options available to them, as well as the need to take them.

The event, which provides six hours of CPD for attending delegates, will look at topics including the options available to law firms, the legal consequences of doing nothing, strategy for the future, restructuring, regulations, mergers and acquisitions and how these can be affected by professional indemnity, post-merger integration, grooming a practice for sale, funding and making change happen.

Other speakers will include Viv Williams, Sally Calverley and Robert Derry-Evans of 360 Legal Group, Steve Billot of award-winning accountancy and advisory group RSM Tenon, Christina Fitzgerald of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin Solicitors, accountancy, financial services and insolvency practice Shaw Gibbs, ABS Advisory’s Paul Harding, Phil Jepson of legal recruitment and merger specialist Jepson Holt, Linder Myers Solicitors, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Gary Horswell of Ntegrity Professional Indemnity, John Kunzler of professional indemnity giant Travellers and Steve Arundale of NatWest Bank. Networking and one-to-one sessions with individual speakers are offered as part of the day.

Viv Williams, chief executive of 360 Legal Group, says: “With consolidation of the legal sector well underway and the imminent arrival of the first approved ABSs, we are entering a new era for the legal sector – but among law firms there are still a great many questions being asked.

“With the rate of change set to drastically increase in the coming year, solicitors want and need to have a clear vision of what the future holds for their practice and how to take advantage of the situation.

“By focusing in on the available options and what each involves and with the expertise of speakers who really understand the issues and can answer the questions, we aim to help all law firms who are considering their strategy and future direction get to grips with the decisions they face.”

The event, which takes place at 250 Bishopsgate in London, runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm on 6 February and is open to all law firms. Delegate cost is £199 plus VAT, whilst all 360 Legal Group members can attend free of charge.

More information is available at or by calling 360 Legal Group on 01275 465540.

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