When: Thursday, 6 October 2016, 9:00-17:00

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

Cost: From £250 

Early bird booking fees are available until 2 September 2016!

Event type: CPD hours 5.0

Knowing how the market performed last decade is useful, but how can your firm tap into future growth? Attending International marketplace 2016 is the first step.

This year, we will map economic activity, and are inviting companies to share what they expect from law firms in the years ahead. We will also look at developing practice areas from a legal service and client perspective. On top of that, we are going to explore whether technology is friend or foe.

Net exports of legal services have grown by an average of 5.6 per cent a year over the last decade, to £3.6 billion. If these figures tell us anything, it is that the legal services market is increasingly international.

The Law Society wants to ensure its members have both the necessary business knowledge and contacts to seize new international opportunities. For that reason, we are again organising delegations from emerging markets in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the CIS, and Asia to join us for the programme.

Why attend

  • Prepare your firm for the future
  • Gain important insights in new markets and practice areas
  • Develop a global business network

Who should attend

  • Top 200 law firms with established international activities
  • Firms with commercial clients exploring international opportunities
 9:00 - 9:30 Registration with tea and coffee 
 9:30 -9:45 Welcome and Introduction
Speaker: Robert Bourns, president of the Law Society of England and Wales
9:45 - 10:30 Keynote address: The role of international development banks in creating legal frameworks and sharing best practices in emerging markets
Speaker: Marie Anne Birken, general counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 
10:30 - 10:50 Refreshment Break
10:50 - 12:45

Panel: The law firm and the market - How will clients and firms be working together in the years ahead?
Moderator: Stephen Denyer, director of strategic relationships, the Law Society of England and Wales
Speakers: Robert Bourns, president, the Law Society of England and Wales and partner at TLT
Geoff McClellan, managing partner - Clients and Sectors, Herbert Smith Freehills
Edwin Tham, senior counsel, Danilov & Konradu LLP

Leslie Wan, corporate counsel, LloydsBanking Group

12:45 - 13:45  Lunch break and networking
13:45 - 15:15

Panel: Brexit and the marketplace
Our panelists will provide insights on how the international marketplace will adapt to a UK outside the European Union
Moderator: Mickael Laurans, Head of Uk Law Socties’ Brussels Office

Speakers: Rosa Wilkinson, Innovation Director, Department for International Trade 

Yang Yuhua, partner, Llinks Law Office
Steve Abraham, partner, Baker & McKenzie 
Harold Paisner, senior partner emeritus, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Markus Malik, counsel, Jurit

15:15 - 15:40  Refreshment break
15:40 - 17:00 Panel: Robots v. Lawyers - On which side is technology?
Moderator: Peter Wright, chair, the Law Society Technology and Law Reference Group and Managing Director, DigitalLawUK Ltd
Speakers: Chrissie Lightfoot, CEO and founder of The Entrepreneur Lawyer, Author of the Naked Lawyer series
Joaquín Muñoz Rodríguez, Ontier España
Paul D Paton, dean of law, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Krishna Sood, technology lawyer, Microsoft, London
17:00 - 17:10 Closing remarks
Speaker: David Greene, chairman of the Law Society’s International Committee & Senior Partner of Edwin Coe LLP
17:10 - 19:00 Networking Reception
19:00 Closure