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.

October 2016

Conservative Party Conference: Advice at the right price - Reform of the legal services market – Birmingham

  • Date

    4 October 2016
  • Location

    Policy Exchange Marquee, the ICC, Birmingham
  • SRA Speaker

    Enid Rowlands

A discussion on how a competitive legal market can provide affordable, accessible legal services and contribute to the UK economy, while maintaining high standards and proportionate consumer protection.

Confirmed speakers

  • Chair: Glyn Gaskarth (Policy Exchange);
  • Speakers: Oliver Heald QC MP (Justice Minister);
  • Enid Rowlands (SRA Board Chair);
  • Sukhjit Ahluwalia (Chairperson, Sole Practitioners Group and Principal at Avery Emerson)

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.

Meet the SRA Board – Cardiff

We want hear about the priorities and concerns of solicitors across England and Wales. To help with this, we have been travelling around the country to talk face-to-face with solicitors. Now we would like to hear from you.

Talk to SRA Board members and staff and tell us what you think about the work we are doing. Join in the conversation and tell us your views on key issues including cybercrime, our proposed rule changes and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

Compliance Officers Conference 2016 – Solihull

  • Date

    20 October 2016
  • Location

    National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull
  • SRA Speaker

    Various

At this year's conference we will focus on the key topics and resources that will help you carry out your role.

Our practical and thought provoking programme will cover:

  • Managing risk - staying safe from cybercrime and money laundering.
  • Continuing competence - the new CPD.
  • Account Rules - what you need to be thinking about.
  • Solicitors Qualifying Exam - where we are and what is next.
  • Open data - the building blocks of trust.
  • Regulatory change - making things simpler, including the new Handbook.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance – where we are and where we are heading.

By attending the event you will:

  • get insight from our experts on effective compliance
  • take part in three interactive, targeted sessions
  • discover and discuss the latest trends
  • have the opportunity to tell us what you think
  • be able to talk with other compliance officers from across England and Wales.
Book your free place now.

November 2016

Conference For Legal Cashiers & Managers

  • Date

    16 November 2016
  • Location

    Liverpool Law Society, 2nd Floor, Helix, Edmund Street, Liverpool, L3 9NY
  • SRA Speakers

    Stephen Wilmott, James Dipple-Johnstone

The SRA's Stephen Wilmott and James Dipple-Johnstone will give updates on:

  • Fraud trends: What we are seeing and how we are dealing with them
  • Cyber crime: Current activity and how to protect yourself
  • Anti money laundering: An update from the national perspective

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

Continuing Competence: Making it work for you and your team - Central Law Training Conference

  • Date

    1 December 2016
  • Location

    London
  • SRA Speaker

    Richard Williams

Policy Associate Richard Williams will deliver a keynote address at this Central Law Training conference on the move to continuing competence which covers the following:

  • The rationale for moving away from the 16 hours requirement
  • Observations on early take-up of the new regime
  • Working to the new regime where your employer is not SRA-regulated
  • How the SRA will monitor compliance

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.