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LETR Symposium invites debate: limited places available

The Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) Research team, in conjunction with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, is organising a Symposium in Manchester between 10-11 July 2012 to publicise progress to date and encourage debate on the emerging issues coming out of the Review.

The event is an opportunity for practitioners, education and training providers, consumers, regulators and commentators to come together to discuss the main issues addressed by the Review jointly commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS).

Key themes that the delegates will be exploring over the two days are the changing market for legal services; the future role of regulation; and the educational requirements for the providers of legal services including competencies, routes to qualification, future roles and social mobility issues.

An impressive line-up of leading experts in international legal, regulatory and education fields will be giving plenary speeches at the event including:

  • Professor Richard Susskind OBE, British author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments
  • Professor Julia Black, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Steve Mark, Legal Services Commissioner, New South Wales
  • Professor Wes Pue, Nemetz Professor of Legal History at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Over the two days, breakout sessions will be held to debate specific aspects and scenarios when delegates will be invited for their views with other high profile experts, including a Question Time Panel chaired by legal journalist, Joshua Rozenberg, widely described as Britain's best known commentator on the law.

Dame Janet Gaymer, Co-Chair of the LETR Consultation Steering Panel, said: "The Symposium will be an opportunity for practitioners and owners of legal services, education and training providers, consumers, regulators and commentators to come together to debate the key issues addressed by the Legal Education and Training Review and we are looking forward to an enthusiastic exchange of views."

Professor Julian Webb added: "We are pleased with the level of interest we’ve received in the event and delegates will be able both to hear from experts and contribute their own thoughts over the course of the two days.

"We are keen to engage with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure that the Review takes everyone’s views into account for the ongoing research programme which will culminate in a report in December this year."

Limited places are available at the Symposium – if you are interested please complete the booking form.

Further information about the Legal Education and Training Review, including a schedule of reports and discussion papers inviting feedback, is available at

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