Upcoming events

We organise and take part in a wide range of events and conferences. Come and meet us to find out more about what we’re doing. If you would like to invite an SRA speaker to your event, please fill in our speaker request form.

Upcoming events and conferences in which we'll be participating are listed below. To book a place or find out more about non-SRA events, please contact the organisers directly.

September 2016

International Conference of Legal Regulators

Hosted by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Washington, DC, this year's conference focuses on the core functions performed by legal regulators, and issues on the horizon.

An international group of panellists will share their experiences and insights, and participants from a wide range of backgrounds make the event a rich opportunity for collaboration.

Citizens Advice Conference

  • Date

    19 September 2016 to 20 September 2016
  • Location

    University of Warwick
  • SRA Speaker

The 2016 national Citizen's Advice conference brings together their national network of over 300 local charities who are central to making a difference to over two million people every year. Their research, expertise and reach means that they have an important voice in shaping both national and local policy and services. We will have an exhibitor stand at the event for delegates.

Liberal Democrat Conference: Making access to affordable legal services a reality? – Brighton

  • Date

    19 September 2016
  • Location

    Osborne Room, Hilton Metropole, Brighton
  • SRA Speaker

    David Heath

Access to justice is an essential within society. Former Liberal Democrat MP and SRA Board Member David Heath, leads a discussion on what affordable legal services the public and small businesses need and how new businesses, innovation and technology can help.

  • Chair: Mark Pack (Editor Lib Dem Newswire)
  • Confirmed speakers:
    • Rt Hon David Heath CBE (SRA Board Member and former MP/ Lib Dem Justice Spokesperson)
    • Graham Colley (Chair of Liberal Democrat Lawyers)

Small Firms Division annual conference - London

  • Date

    22 September 2016
  • Location

    The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London
  • SRA Speaker

    Chris Handford
The Small Firms Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of all smaller legal businesses, including sole practitioners. The Division's flagship annual conferences will take place in London and Leeds, and will provide practitioners with a half-day of small firms-focused conference sessions, practical tips and networking opportunities.

Apprenticeships in law briefing – what law firms need to know

On 4 September 2015, The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills announced a set of assessment plans and standards for legal apprenticeships. This is part of the government's commitment to build a world class apprenticeship system and develop more flexible routes into the profession for candidates from a great variety of backgrounds to gain legal qualifications.

Supporting Small Firms - in partnership with Black Solicitors Network – London

  • Date

    29 September 2016
  • Location

    113 Chancery Lane, London
  • SRA Speakers

    Gary Stevens, Rachel Rogers, Sarah Biddle, Sean Hankin

Small firms and sole practitioners play a vital role in the provision of good legal services and we want to do everything we can to support you.

Learn about the support we offer, our regulatory reform programme, Looking to the future and what it means for you, as well as important, practical advice and guidance.

October 2016

ARK Group Seminar: SRA Regulatory Compliance for In-House Lawyers

  • Date

    5 October 2016
  • Location

    The Ageas Bowl, Hilton Hotel, Botley Road, Southampton
  • SRA Speaker

    Chris Handford

The SRA's Director of Regulatory Policy, Chris Handford leads a session on 'Demonstrating compliance to the regulator; what counts?'

Addressing matters that must be considered by in-house counsel including:

  • Common regulatory compliance issues for solicitors working in-house
  • Proportionate evidence of compliance
  • Key compliance changes e.g. the impact of the SRA principles/code on in-house legal teams and continuing competence considerations
  • Should your employer be considering authorisation?
  • A glance into the future – what's in the pipeline?

Small Firms Division annual conference - Leeds

  • Date

    6 October 2016
  • Location

    Park Plaza Hotel, Leeds
  • SRA Speaker

The Small Firms Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of all smaller legal businesses, including sole practitioners. The Division's flagship annual conferences will take place in London and Leeds, and will provide practitioners with a half-day of small firms-focused conference sessions, practical tips and networking opportunities.

Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) Conference

  • Date

    7 October 2016
  • Location

    Park Plaza Hotel, Leeds
  • SRA Speaker

    Crispin Passmore
This LAPG conference will offer a topical and informative mix of workshops, presentations and panel discussions, all designed to bring legal aid lawyers up to date on the latest developments from the sector.

London Law Expo

  • Date

    11 October 2016
  • Location

    Old Billingsgate, London
  • SRA Speaker

    Paul Philip
As Europe's largest senior legal management conference and exhibition, The London Law Expo will bring together the most respected names to deliver a wide array of sector focused information to assist law firms and legal business increase their overall performance and profitability.

November 2016

The Institute of Legal Finance and Management Conference

  • Date

    25 November 2016
  • Location

    The Law Society 113 Chancery Lane, London
  • SRA Speakers

    Chris Handford, Emily Lyn
This year’s theme will be "a brave new world". The conference will give members the chance to listen to expert speakers on the practical and real-life dilemmas faced by today's accounts and management teams. It will also explain how the SRA's proposed changes to the Accounts Rules are changing the approach.

The Sole Practitioners Group (SPG) Annual Conference

  • Date

    25 November 2016 to 27 November 2016
  • Location

    Marriott Hotel, Prague
  • SRA Speaker

    Jane Malcolm
The theme of the SPG conference this year will be "The Practice of Excellence" and will build upon the foundations laid in 2015 when the theme was "Grow Your Practice". The SPG are committed to supporting Sole Practitioners to run not just 'good' or 'adequate' practices, but practices of excellence and to not only 'keep up with' but to lead the way in IT and business solutions.

Next steps for the legal profession in Wales: education and training, the state of the market and the future of the legal system

  • Date

    29 November 2016
  • Location

  • SRA Speaker

    Jane Malcolm

Coming in light of ongoing discussion about devolution of the legal and justice systems in Wales, which was included in the Welsh Government's 'Government and Laws in Wales' Draft Bill, and following the recent publication of the Wales Bill by the UK government, this seminar will focus on the future of legal services in Wales.

SRA Executive Director, Jane Malcolm will present a session on 'Supporting high quality legal services'.

December 2016

ARK Group: Risk Management and Compliance for Law Firms Conference

  • Date

    6 December 2016 to 7 December 2016
  • Location

  • SRA Speaker

    Chris Handford

The SRA's Director of Regulatory Policy, Chris Handford, will give updates on:

  • Early findings from the 'Looking to the Future' consultation and next steps
  • Details of the supporting guidance you will receive
  • Understanding the impact of Brexit on legal services regulation

January 2017

Innovation and the business of law: technology, regulation, client services and new business models

  • Date

    25 January 2017
  • Location

  • SRA Speaker

    Crispin Passmore
As the legal sector responds to trends in new technologies and business structures, this seminar will assess the future provision of legal services in England and Wales - focusing on the next steps for competition and innovation.