On the occasion of the Opening of the Legal Year, the Bar Council and the Law Society will be hosting two parallel seminars for international bar leaders and practitioners on the topics of:

The impact of technology on legal services and the role of the profession  

Digital technologies have been part of legal services for many years but developments in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics hold the prospect of radical change for legal services. For good or ill legal technology may be about to transform the world of lawyers and law firms and challenge the role of their professional bodies. 

An expert panel will be discussing this further and looking at the following issues:   

  • How will new technology have an impact on the way we practise law?   
  • How will new technology change the traditional models of legal practice?   
  • How can law societies and bar associations help firms and businesses embrace the opportunities technology presents?   

Panelists include:   

  • Chair: Joe Egan, Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales 
  • Ulrich Schellenberg, President of the DAV - German Bar Association 
  • Peter McBurney, Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Department of Informatics at Kings College University of London
  • Isabel Parker, Global Head of Legal Services Innovation -  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

 ***Further panelists TBC***

Technological advancements: the effect on dispute resolution and the regulation of the justice system  

The UK government is currently investing over £700m in developing online courts for low value disputes - the largest project of its kind in the world. Will they improve access to justice? What about quality? At the same time, online platforms operated by non lawyers seeking to provide legal advice and representation are unregulated - can they be valuable partners or will they diminish the role of professional lawyers?    

Two expert panels will focus on these issues:    

  1.  Online Courts: accessible, effective and fair justice?   
  2. On-line providers of legal services and the legal profession’s future amidst regulatory challenges.  

Panelists include:   

  • Chair: Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the International Committee, Bar Council of England and Wales   
  • Derek Sweeting QC, Chairman Legal Services Committee, Bar Council of England and Wales
  • Bart van Tongeren, President, Netherlands Bar 
  • Linda Klein, President of the ABA 
  • Jacqueline Reid, Chair of the IT Panel, Bar Council of England and Wales 
  • Andrew Walker QC, Vice-Chair Elect and Chair of the Ethics Committee, Bar Council of England and Wales   
  • Young Hee Jo, Vice-President of the Korean Bar Association   

 ***Further panelists TBC*** 


These free events are expected to be accredited by the Bar Standards Board and the Law Society. The seminars will be held at The Honourable Society of Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London, EC4Y 7HL from 10:00 to 12:30and will be followed by a Networking Lunch from 12:30 to 14:00 in the Luncheon Room at the Inner Temple.

Registration opens at 9:30

Limited places are available for members of the Law Society and Bar Council of England and Wales. 

Booking is now open . If you wish to attend, please click here to book a place online

For any additional information, please contact Ade Inubile on AInubile@barcouncil.org.uk or 020 7611 1379.