Legal Futures Innovation Conference 2022

Overview

Legal practice is no longer preserved in aspic. The strategies that served law firms for so long will not hold up in a world where the consumer comes first, technology is changing everything, and staff want more from work than just a salary.

Legal Futures has tracked these fast-moving trends since 2010 and this year’s Innovation Conference will take delegates through the key elements of the modern law firm.

You will hear about leadership techniques in an era where it is no longer the best lawyer who runs the firm, as well as the ways in which you can inject more purpose into your firm, whether by changing the relationship with staff – and maybe even being employee owned – or by putting a wider purpose at the heart of what you do.

You will hear from those who have embraced one of the biggest current trends – multi-disciplinary practice – and from new-style businesses, whether regulated or not, that are the competition attracting attention with their different approach to legal services. And we will look at how you can make the best of what legal technology has to offer your practice.

The annual Legal Futures Innovation Conference is where you can check your own firm’s progress against some of the most eye-catching businesses in the sector and hear about the best practices that are driving them forward.

And don’t underestimate the chance to meet the like-minded leaders and major players who are shaping the way legal services are delivered. There are several mergers, acquisitions and other deals – including one just announced in September – which started life with people talking during the breaks.

Speakers

Ken Fowlie, Executive Chair, Stowe Family Law

Ken Fowlie is the Executive Chair of Stowe Family Law, a majority-owned portfolio company of Livingbridge Private Equity.

He spent 24 years at Slater and Gordon Lawyers – the world’s first listed law firm – serving on the company’s board for more than 10 years as an executive director and also at different times as CEO of each of its Australian and UK operations.

He has been a legal practitioner for more than 25 years and holds degrees in law and commerce from the University of NSW and a Sloan masters in leadership and strategy from the London Business School.

Ken advises firms and financial sponsors on strategy, operating model, innovation, leadership and investment in legal services.

Jodie Hill, Managing Director, Thrive Law

Andy Cullwick

Jodie Hill decided to set up her own employment law firm where her values ​​around mental health and diversity & inclusion would be the foundations of the firm and are embodied in everything she and her Tribe do.

Thrive Law was born in 2018 and is uniquely positioned as the only employment law firm that adopts this unique approach, blending D&I wellbeing with employment law and HR advice, in the UK.

Jodie is passionate about creating an environment where both her and her team can thrive. Her mission is to educate and empower employers to create their own thriving cultures.

Outside of Thrive, Jodie is founder and chair of This is Me Yorkshire, a global business-led mental health initiative, she is a LawCare Champion, a member of Neurodiversity in Law, and in 2020 was appointed as a member of the Law Society’s employment law committee.

Jodie appears on regional and national TV and radio, most recently Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunchas well as national newspapers.

Jodie is also a proud ambassador for the Women in Law UK, was featured on the Northern Power Future List 2019 and has been nominated for Northern Power Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2022.

Rob Aberdein, Chief Commercial Officer, Progeny Group

Andy Cullwick

Rob is the Chief Commercial Officer of Progeny, which acquired his professional services business, Moray Group, in June 2022. He is a Scottish solicitor, a registered foreign lawyer in England and Wales, and a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Legal Technologist.

Arun Chauhan, Founder, Tenet

Andy Cullwick

Arun is a lawyer specializing in disputes and compliance issues arising from fraud and financial crime. In 2016, he founded the disruptive law firm Tenet. Believing legal services could be delivered differently, Arun set up the firm without the traditional 9-to-5 working model, chargeable hours and fee targets.

Arun himself is an approachable fraud specialist with a commercial mind and calm nature, has been recognized as a thought leader and spokesperson in his field. An experienced solicitor for over 20 years, he is the trustee director for the Fraud Advisory Panel, a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association and a fellow of the International Compliance Association.

In 2019, Arun was highly commended in the Law Society Excellence Awards and was a finalist in the 2022 West Midlands Leadership Awards. He is regularly asked to comment on fraud issues for the BBC, LBC radio, GB News and has featured in various publications including the Daily Telegraph. Arun recently provided evidence to a Treasury Select Committee about the effectiveness of prosecution for fraud offenses and the impact of digital fraud risk.

Serena Wallace-Turner, Director, Radiant Law

Andy Cullwick

Serena is a director and board member at Radiant Law, a purpose driven law firm and B-Corp, leading the way in optimizing how organizations create, negotiate and manage their commercial contracts. She founded and sold a market leading alternative legal services company across Asia, and has been involved in law companies for over 12 years, from Asia-Pacific to the UK, via South Africa and Trinidad.

In previous lives, she worked on the ECM desk at Citigroup Hong Kong, structuring, co-ordinating and selling Asia-Pac capital markets transactions as well as working in Beijing for a magic circle law firm, building out its Beijing and Shanghai offices.

She also advises profit and non-for-profit organizations, including the Lumen Prize – the first and leading prize that celebrates art and technology on strategy, outreach and fundraising.

Nicola Poole, Director of Culture & Innovation, Hedges Law

Andy Cullwick

Nicola practiced family law for almost 30 years before moving exclusively into her current leadership role at Hedges Law, a 233-year-old firm in Oxfordshire. Upon joining Hedges, initially for an eight-month locum role, Nicola quickly realized the opportunity she had to bring this long-established and heritage business into the 21st century, to help it modernise, grow, and thrive.

She spent over 10 years as managing director of Hedges Law, being responsible for a top-to-toe structural and cultural modernization of the business and a trebling of its turnover.

In May 2021, Hedges became only the fifth law firm in the UK to be employee owned. With a new managing director in place since April this year, Nicola is now the newly appointed Director of Culture & Innovation, focusing on transitioning the business into employee ownership, ensuring clients have a superlative experience, and creating an inspiring place to work.

Nicola has also taken up a role as ambassador for The Princes Trust’s Women Supporting Women initiative which aims to raise £10m by 2023 to help young women to overcome barriers into jobs, education & training, or to start their own businesses.

Alan Larkin, Chief Innovation Officer, Family Law Partners

Andy Cullwick

Alan Larkin has been a family law solicitor for over 20 years. Alan largely spends his time at his firm, Family Law Partners, attempting to realize that practice’s vision of building innovative tech projects within family law.

In 2017, Alan secured a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Brighton, supported by Innovate UK to apply AI in the family law sphere. This partnership was awarded the ‘Best of the Best’ accolade for business impact by Innovate UK in 2020.

Family Law Partners has an innovation team and platform called Family Law Lab. One of the fruits of this innovation work – a family law triage application called Engage – is now hosted on and shared with family law teams across England and Wales. Over 6,000 members of the public have used Engage free of charge to instruct their solicitors for a first consultation.

Alan’s focus is now on a new project called Nova, which builds on the learning from Engage and aims to positively impact the access to justice challenges in family law.

Kate Daly, Co-founder, friendly

Andy Cullwick

Kate Daly is co-founder of amicable, the trusted legal service that helps couples to end their relationships in a kinder and better way. Its approach is different to solicitors, by exclusively working with couples. They provide an empathetic, emotionally led, fixed-fee service that helps families navigate the legal and emotional journey of ending their relationship.

Kate has spoken passionately in the media about changing the narrative around divorce and has featured on the One Show, across the BBC (including Women’s Hour), LBC and ITV News. She co-founded amicable with CEO and entrepreneur Pip Wilson, after her own expensive and protracted divorce.

amicable is a market leader and has paved the way for couples services following on from a High Court ruling in 2020 and the recent shift in divorce law to a no-fault system. Kate also hosts The Divorce Podcast, where she explores divorce, separation and co-parenting with a variety of experts and celebrity guests, with many sharing their own journeys around these topics.

Alex Kenny, Chief Marketing Officer, Fletchers

Andy Cullwick

Alex was promoted to chief marketing officer following the acquisition of Fletchers by Sun Capital in 2021, and is responsible for marketing, commercial partnerships and M&A. Prior to that, he was part of the management team that oversaw 10 years of significant growth at Fletchers – from 90 people to over 500.

Much of that growth was driven by marketing, where Alex has been the senior lead since 2013, creating and launching the clinical negligence consumer brand Patient Claim Line, capturing around 10% of the clinical negligence market with campaigns such as the sponsorship of Judge Rinder on ITV and the Super League.

More recently, Alex’s team has completed two acquisitions into Fletchers, as the firm embarks on a strategy of both ‘buy and build’ as well as further organic growth through marketing.

Venue

Cavendish Conference Centre

22 Duchess Mews

London

W1G 9DT

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 Center on foot, maps and directions can be found on walkit.com. Just enter your starting 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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