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Events and conferences for lawyers

19th April 2016

Events and conferences for lawyers

No matter whether you are a student looking to begin a career in the legal sector or you own a law firm, law events and conferences are extremely important.

Events and conferences allow those working in legal jobs to keep up-to-date with new legislation and law changes as well as benefit from great networking opportunities.

With this in mind we have created the following guide to some of the best law conferences, shows and events that lawyers and partners at law firms should jot down in their diaries for the rest of 2016 and 2017.

Law Society events and training

The Law Society, the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales, puts on a number of training events and conferences to help solicitors get quick updates on the latest legal developments. Here are some interesting events coming up.

Law Management section annual conference 2016

Date of show: 27 April 2016

This year’s Law Management section annual conference will boast a range of sessions and attendees can benefit from discussions about common challenges, expert advice and network with speakers and fellow delegates at the event.

Topics that will be covered during the conference include strategic business planning, cyber security, engaging with staff and attracting new talent, marketing and a special discussion for small law firms.

Competition Section annual conference 2016

Date of show: 19 May 2016

This conference is certainly one to put in your event calendar as it is regarded as one of the best events to cover competition law and is in fact the only competition law conference designed by competition law specialists.

Speakers, therefore, come from overseas as well as all over the UK, and delegates travel from far and wide to network with clients, practitioners, government officials and regulators.

The 2016 event sees speakers such as Juliane Kokott from the Court of Justice of the European Union and James Aitken, who is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, discuss a range of topics. See more information about the programme of the event here.

London Law Expo

Date of show: 11 October 2016

Returning to the Old Billingsgate in London, the London Law Expo is Europe’s largest law exhibition and is this year expecting to welcome around 1,500 lawyers and other visitors.

Respected names from across the legal and commercial worlds will share their knowledge to help legal businesses improve and increase profitability.

The 2016 exhibition will see over 50 exhibitors and more than 50 expert speakers attend the event, which has seen organisers of the event extend the seating areas at the show.

London Law Expo


Date of show: 11-12 May 2016

The two-day Legalex show will be running a number of seminars and panel discussions and there will also be around 150 exhibitors attending the show.

Delegates will be able to attend workshops and will enjoy fantastic networking opportunities to boot.

Some of the headline speakers for this year’s event include Jonathan Smithers, who is the president of the Law Society, Chrissie Lightfoot, who is from the Naked Lawyer, and David George, who is the emerging technology specialist at IBM Watson.

As a result of the huge success from last year’s event, the Keynote Theatre at the Legalex show will double in capacity to enable more delegates to see the speakers attending the show.

Legal Week Events

The conference division of Legal Week runs a number of conferences and legal events throughout the year. Here are just some of the events coming up.

Legal Week Strategic Technology Forum 2016

Date of show: 15-17 June 2016

The Strategic Technology Forum from Legal Week is the annual meeting place for legal technology leaders.

This year’s forum, which is being held at the Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort in Portugal, will explore topics such as how IT can improve legal services, how technology can improve client interaction and look at what now makes law firms more efficient.

The forum attracts global IT leaders, and partners and managing partners of legal firms are common attendees. Organisers recommend booking places early as there are usually limited spaces available.

Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Forum

Date of show: 3 November 2016

Taking place in London, the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Forum covers a range of topics to interest commercial litigators.

The forum is ideally suited to in-house commercial lawyers and private practice litigators, and although the 2016 event is still in the planning process, commercial lawyers will enjoy the chance to network with practitioners from across Europe.

The British Legal Technology Forum

Date of show: 14 March 2017

As Europe’s largest legal technology conference and exhibition, The British Legal Technology Forum brings together the most respected professionals from both the legal and commercial technology sectors to examine and explore the systems, strategies, processes and platforms that will drive law firms and legal businesses into the next decade and beyond.

British Legal Technology Forum

Advanced EU Competition Law

Date of show: 9-12 May 2016

The Advanced EU Competition Law conference, held at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London, will have over 60 expert speakers for the 2016 event.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include IP and competition law, competition law challenges in the digital environment and major developments and policy issues in the past year to name a few.

Running alongside the extensive conference will be a range of workshops, which will take place on 9 and 12 May. The workshops will also cover a whole host of topics from reputational management issues to embedding rules into your law firm.

For more information you can check out the Competition Law Blog.

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