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Solicitors Regulation Authority and De Montfort University host two-day Legal Practice Course Conference

Delegates from colleges and universities across England and Wales are being invited to a two-day conference on the current approach to, and future training of, solicitors being organised jointly by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and De Montfort University on 29-30 June.

Keynote speaker at the conference will be Crispin Passmore, Strategy Director at the Legal Services Board and the theme is 'Fit for Purpose? Educating and training lawyers in the new legal services landscape'.

Di Lawson, the SRA's Director of Education and Training, will also be presenting on the root and branch review of legal services education and training being carried out by the SRA in conjunction with the Bar Standards Board and IPS (ILEX Professional Standards).

Speakers at the event include Sheree Peaple (Head of Leicester De Montfort Law School), Julie Brannan (Oxford Institute of Legal Practice); Elizabeth Polding (BPP Law School); Waqas Zaib (Lawyers Disability Division); Michael Draper (Swansea University) and Eileen Fry (Kaplan Law School).

Following the plenary session, delegates will take part in breakout sessions and a panel discussion in order to share good practice and new ideas on providing the Legal Practice Course as well as look at future areas for development.

Di Lawson said: "This is the first conference of its kind that we've held for four years so it should provide an opportunity for some stimulating discussion and debate.

"It is essential that we have robust systems in place for training future lawyers and it is an appropriate time for this conference within the context of the current review taking place and the changes ahead in the legal landscape."

Sheree Peaple, Head of Leicester De Montfort University said: "De Montfort is delighted to be hosting this important conference, and we are looking forward to welcoming colleagues from other institutions and hosting some exciting and stimulating debates."  

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