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2020 legal and networking events in London

29th January 2020

When it comes to entering the law or business sector, networking is a foundation for growth. Speaking to like-minded professionals, gaining information and vital contacts are all part of the job and one of the ways to success within this fast-paced industry. Even for those looking for jobs for lawyers or a promotion can benefit from attending these events and talking to those in the industry.

Lawyers and networkers alike all require similar qualities – attentive listeners and confident public speakers. You need to build rapport and a name for yourself and to be trusted – all skills that networking can help you build upon.

There are thousands of networking events to choose from, so we have uncovered our favourite law specific events and provided you with all the details you’ll need for a successful 2020.

LegalEx - 18th /19th March 2020

Networking event

The perfect event for business professionals and budding lawyers alike, LegalEx is the UK’s leading event for business growth, professional development and cybersecurity within the legal sector. Taking place at the ExCel London on the 18th and 19th March 2020, visit hundreds of suppliers, listen to talks from industry professionals and mingle with like-minded businessmen and women.

We asked Pearl Pearce-Smith, managing director at Legalex why she thinks it is the perfect networking event to attend in 2020, this is what she had to say:

“Legalex is the UK’s leading event for law firms and legal professionals who are looking for business growth and professional development. It is returning to the ExCeL London and is still a free-to-attend event.”

You can expect keynote speakers from across the whole legal industry, from Lauren Riley, founder of The Link app, speaking about the effect of customer experience innovation to Craig Taylor discussing implementing a client-centric ethos in law firms.

Legal Support Network – Various dates

Legal Support Networking event

Thrive off three hours of networking with like-minded people working in business services within legal, as well as having exposure to over 100 law firms and suppliers at the Legal Support Network’s events. One of the great things about this event is the informal and relaxed atmosphere, as well as the food and drinks to accompany your conversations.

Tracey Stevenson, the community manager at the Legal Support Network, tells us more about the event: “We are passionate about bringing the legal community together. Our networking events are an invaluable opportunity to get professionals within the legal service community connected and informed. LSN focuses on all aspects of the legal business service role - so whether you’re working in finance, technology, HR, risk, marketing, knowledge management or practice management, you’re guaranteed to rub shoulders with like-minded professionals.

“Last year LSN finished 2019 on a high note, with over 300 legal professionals attending our winter networking event in November the evening was filled with conversations, activities and of course, fun! An impressive array of prizes are also up for grabs including the night’s main prize, a view from The Shard and Thames dinner cruise for two.”

“Alongside the networking event, LSN’s ‘battle of the law firms’ competition highlights firms with the most registrations. With the coveted battle of the law firms award up for grabs, the evening’s winner was Allen & Overy. We encourage as many people from different law firms to get involved as it’s an ideal opportunity to make meaningful connections, find solutions and even help to find a new job!”

This year the Legal Support Network networking events are returning on the dates and the locations below:

  • Bristol networking event - 11th February
  • Birmingham networking event - 12th February
  • London networking event – 6th July
  • Leeds networking event – 13th October
  • Manchester networking event – 14th October

The International Family Law Conference – 26th March 2020

International Family Law Conference 2020

If you’re working in family law, this event is not to be missed. The International Family Law Conference 2020 brings together family law specialists to give an insight into this area of law, covering a wide range of topics. The event is taking place on 26th March 2020 in Holborn, London.

We spoke to Amy from the International Family Law Group to learn more, she says: “Anthony Gold Solicitors and The International Family Law Group LLP will be hosting their third annual International Family Law Conference. Specialist family lawyers and barristers from Anthony Gold, iFGL and 36 Group will share their expertise and will give practical guidance on many areas of international family law. The conference will explore a wide array of topics of international family law – Brexit and foreign assets, recognition of foreign marriages and child relocation. They will also look at how to deal with foreign assets in national cases, international service of order. Previous conferences were very popular and well attended with delegates from around the world to hear talks on highly topical areas of international family law.”

Legal Affairs Conference – 1st/2nd April 2020

This year marks the 16th addition of the Medicines for Europe Legal Affairs Conference, which takes place at The Tower Hotel in London on 1st and 2nd April 2020. The event provides the opportunity for discussions and networking focusing on legal and IP issues in the pharmaceutical sector.

Sergio Napolitano, General Counsel and External Affairs Director provided us with some further information on this event: “The conference in London gathers key experts from Europe and the whole world in the generic, biosimilar and value-added medicines industry to discuss and shape the future legal landscape of these sectors. Key topics to be discussed are the future IP policies, the quality of patents, future legislative review(s) such as the EU SPC regulation and many, many more!

“Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to exchange views with companies' General Counsel and prominent speakers from all the main European institutions, and participate in interactive roundtables on topics such as competition policies, Brexit, second medical use patents, artificial intelligence and IP, the 505(b)(2) system in the US and more to be announced.”

Legal Geek Conference – 14th/15th October 2020

Conference

Year on year, Legal Geek host their own conference, this year running on 14th and 15th October. This event is more than just a great platform to network and meet individuals on similar journeys to yourself, it’s a basis for start-up pitches, 100+ top industry speakers, pitching battles and demo stages and a chance to network with over 2,000 people.

From current students to post-graduates and long-term law participants, this event has something for everyone. Visit the start-up village, enjoy food from the new street food court and coffee from stylish barista stalls. Hosted at the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London, be prepared to engage, communicate and learn!

Reflection on 2019 legal and networking events

Pens on a desk

The legal and networking events in London change year on year and many events that were a success in 2019 are unfortunately not returning for 2020. However, listed below are some of the best legal and networking events that happened over the course of the last year, some of which are returning in the future.

London Law Expo

Hosted at Old Billingsgate, the London Law Expo is one of the biggest and best law expos in Europe and will be returning to London on 12th October 2021. With 5 presentation stages, 50 speakers and over 70 exhibitors to talk to, The London Law Expo is more than just an exhibition, it’s a journey of discovery.

Welcoming names from the worlds of legal practice management, technology and IT security the event will explore legal technology systems, process and how the industry will progress in 2021.

We asked Rachel Davis, Managing Director at The Lawyer Portal why she thinks attending events like these are crucial for success within the industry:

“Networking is an essential part of securing any legal job or work experience opportunity. Make a note of the people you speak with, the organisations they work for and the positions they hold - grab a business card if you can! By doing this, you can refer back to conversations you had in any future applications and reference why it spurred you on to apply. Networking also provides the perfect opportunity for a brief, personal follow up email and thank you after the event. You never know where it might take you - the aim is to become more than just a piece of paper!”

Women in Law Summit

Another event that will be missed in 2020 is the Women in Law Summit. The sell-out event was surely one of the most eye-catching, educational and inspirational events in the law calendar in 2019. It was hosted at London Olympia last May, whereby attendees could learn from industry experts sharing their insights and visions for the future face of law. Women could pick up tips and tricks, listen to inspiring speakers and dive into a deep discussion about women in the world of law.

Lexcel Conference

The Lexcel Conference took place at The Law Society and provided professionals in law firms and in-house departments with frameworks to develop their operational efficiencies, manage risk effectively, reduce costs and improve client satisfaction. Attendees got to listen to panel sessions, involve themselves in workshop sessions and took advice from industry expert speakers including the president from The Law Society. However, The Law Society has plenty of events lined up for 2020, which are listed here.

LawBizTech London

The event that was hosted in October, LawBizTech London, was described as “The leading legal event provides a better opportunity to place your companies brand in front of more law firms.” The 3-day extravaganza event provided industry newbies as well as experts to network with over 1500 legal professionals from across central London. Communicate with leading suppliers and pick up top tips from leading industry speakers.

Men speaking at a conference

Students, current employees of large law firms or professionals looking to enter into the law sector, make sure you’re taking advantage of the resources offered to you. Attending conferences and expos can open once unnoticed doors for you and your business. Listen to what professionals have to say, take business cards and make notes about important information, you’ll thank yourself later down the line.

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