Helping junior lawyers to develop, progress and diversify within the legal profession

The Junior Lawyers Division will celebrate its twelfth annual conference and ball on Saturday 6 April 2019 at the Law Society in London.

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We invite members* of the Junior Lawyers Division to join us at our annual conference and ball. Guests and non-JLD members are welcome to attend the black-tie ball in the evening.

Always a popular event, this full day conference will have a mix of keynote speeches and presentations, interactive group sessions, practical breakout workshops and networking opportunities. 

The JLD’s annual conference offers invaluable guidance on taking control of your career and is tailored specifically to those starting out in the industry.

Dana Denis-Smith

Dana Denis-Smith, keynote speaker and founder of the First 100 Years project

Learning objectives

By attending this conference you will:

  • discover ways to develop and diversify your career
  • gain insights into how the profession is changing and adapting for the future
  • identify techniques and strategies and learn new skills which benefit you and your employer/future employer
  • feel in control of your resilience and wellbeing
  • have the opportunity to network with other junior lawyers and share experiences

Highlights include

  • Keynote address from Dana Denis-Smith, founder of the First 100 Years project - Modern superheroes don’t wear capes
  • The impact of legal tech and the influence of algorithms on the justice system
  • Combatting bullying and harassment in the legal profession, with an overview of the International Bar Association’s global survey
  • How to stay resilient and maintain your wellbeing in our 24/7 connected world
  • Millennial lawyers and working off the beaten track: looking at new opportunities within the legal sector to develop your career
  • Beyond the billable hour - how alternative billing methods can benefit you, your colleagues and your employer
  • Politics and the law and the relationship between the two
  • The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) and what we know so far
  • Higher rights - a panel session looking at the benefits of higher rights and how to obtain them
  • 100 years of women in law - celebrating the development of equality and diversity in the profession
  • Updates on major JLD policy initiatives
  • CV clinics - expert advice to boost your CV
  • Future proofing your finances: The value of effective financial planning

Download the full programme (PDF 176kb)

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Event details

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Date: Saturday 6 April 2019

Time: Conference from 9.15am to 4.45pm / ball from 7pm to 1am

Cost: Tickets start from £60

Who should attend?

We highly encourage members of the JLD with five years or less PQE, LPC students and graduates, and trainee solicitors to attend the conference and ball. Guests and friends of junior lawyers are welcome to attend the ball.

Boost your CV with our CV clinics throughout the day

These clinics will help you gain invaluable feedback and tips for improvement. Registered delegates will be notified approximately two weeks prior to the conference inviting them to submit their up to date CV should they wish to book an appointment with a CV adviser.

Please note that appointments are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and only available to registered conference delegates. If interested, please ensure your CV is up to date and ready.

Conference timings

09:15 - registration and refreshments
09:45 - conference opens
16:45 - close of conference

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Annual ball

The black-tie ball is also being held at the Law Society and will include a drinks reception, three-course meal and musical entertainment from Beer pressure jld band 200x100

Timings are:

19:00 - drinks reception
20:00 - dinner followed by dancing and entertainment
01:00 - carriages

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Charity raffle

This year we will be holding a charity raffle in aid of mental health charity, Mind . If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, please email

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The JLD annual ball has previously supported Winston’s WishHelp for Heroes, the Social Mobility Foundation and Crisis UK.

Principal sponsor

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Associate sponsor

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Sponsorship opportunities

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Yvonne Treacy by email at or telephone on 07980 725733.

*Membership is free and automatic for LPC students, LPC graduates (including paralegals looking for training contracts), trainee solicitors, and solicitors with up to five years’ post-qualification experience.