The Future of Legal Services


The Future of Legal Services - 24.03.16

This event has been inspired by the publication of The Law Society’s report into the future of legal services, covering the future of high street solicitors, the rise of technology and artificial intelligence and challenges and innovation within the legal sector.

We have brought together innovators within the legal industry to take part in a panel discussion with Robert Bourns, Vice-President of The Law Society and chaired by Jo Sidhu QC to explore the themes raised in the report and to provide insight to practitioners into the real changes afoot.  You will have the opportunity to put questions to the panel on any of the issues which are raised. There will also be an opportunity to speak about the issues more informally and network over some drinks and snacks afterwards.

The event will take place on Thursday 24th March 2016 at 6.30pm at The Law Society, Common Room, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL.

The programme for the evening:- 

6.30 - 7.00pm Registration and refreshments 

7.00 - 7.10pm Introduction - Jo Sidhu QC, President of the Society of Asian Lawyers

7.10 - 7.20pm The Future of Legal Services Report - Robert Bourns, incoming President of The Law Society

7.20 - 7.40pm Contributions from James Naylor, Nadeem Thanvi and Mark  Edwards

7.40 - 8.30pm Q & A to the Panel and Audience Contributions

8.30 - 10.00pm Wine, soft drinks, snacks and networking

The speakers:- 

Robert Bourns

Robert Bourns, Senior Partner at TLT, was elected Deputy Vice-President of The Law Society in 2014 and took office as Vice-President in July 2015. He is the incoming President for 2016. 

Robert joined Council in 2011 and is an elected member of the Management Board. He is one of five representatives for the City of London constituency, a member of the Law Society's Equality and Diversity Committee and a member of the RAB Regulatory Processes Committee. 

James Naylor

James established the 17th Alternative Business Structure law firm in 2011 and the first new litigation firm. James is also an experienced litigation solicitor who has specialised in all elements of Commercial and Property Litigation since 2001, handling cases at the Lands Tribunal, LVT/FTT, County Court, Magistrates' Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the Property Litigation Association. James has lectured on law for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Hertfordshire University and spoken at many events, including at the London University of Law. James has also delivered several Legal Master classes for Thomson Reuters and written for the New Law Journal, RICS Commercial Property Journal, News on the Block, Property Law Journal, Solicitors Journal and Legal Week.

Nadeem Thanvi

Nadeem Thanvi has been the managing partner of leading human rights law firm ITN Solicitors since it was established in 2003. ITN is known for its ground breaking work on issues such as protest law, police powers, Universal Jurisdiction and terrorism. The firm now has an international reputation and is often asked to represent clients in the ECHR, the African Union, the ICC and at the UN. The firm has also been involved with a number of Supreme Court matters in recent years such as R v Jogee which recently changed the law on joint enterprise. 

Nadeem still specialises in defending cases of serious organised crime, homicide and fraud but recently has concentrated more of his time on guiding the firm through the shifting sands of today's legal and economic landscape. Under his leadership ITN continues to be recognised as one of the leading criminal and human rights practices in the country and has managed to establish several new departments which are quickly becoming recognised as leading in their own right.

Mark Edwards

With a decade of experience as an innovator and business leader in the UK legal sector, Mark specializes in creating and growing new businesses based on market insight and customer need. Mark runs the UK business for Rocket Lawyer, a San Francisco based technology company backed by Google Ventures, which provides online legal services to consumers and small businesses. Prior to joining Rocket Lawyer, Mark led legal business development at LexisNexis UK, creating new products for lawyers, and before that was a user experience consultant in various industries.

This is a must attend event for all practitioners and for those looking to get into the profession. The event is free so book your place now by e-mailing your RSVP to:

We hope to see you there! 

Society of Asian Lawyers

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