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Legal world plans to place UK at centre of LawTech revolution


The British Legal Technology Forum returns to London on Tuesday, 12th March 2019 and will take place at Old Billingsgate in the City of London.


The conference is Europe’s largest legal IT event and an estimated 1,200 visitors from the world of law, legal technology and IT security are expected to attend.


Organisers say that The British Legal Technology Forum will bring together the most respected professionals from both the legal and commercial technology sectors, to examine and explore the systems, strategies, processes and platforms that will drive law firms and legal businesses into the next decade and beyond.


The event will involve multi-stream conference sessions, keynote presentations, panel discussions, knowledge sessions, interviews, interactive demonstrations and exhibitions by more than one hundred of Europe’s best known technology and IT security suppliers.


On 17 October, spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice, Lord Keen, and Law Society president, Christina Blacklaws, announced that the newly established LawTech Delivery Panel in England and Wales would undertake a review of how to remove obstacles and supercharge innovation in the legal technology industry.


The LawTech Delivery Panel is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of England and Wales.


Speaking at the annual Legal Geek conference, Christina Blacklaws said the panel’s goal was to ensure the UK was “the perfect place” for LawTech companies to do business.


“England and Wales is already a jurisdiction of choice for legal services and we hope to be the same for LawTech businesses. Working with the industry is a priority for the panel – we want to understand their goals and how government, industry and legal professionals can help them get there.


“Some of the challenges we face include tackling regulatory roadblocks, promoting investment – and considering the skills required by a future generation of professionals.


“Solicitors are keen to take up the challenges and opportunities provided by LawTech – and I’m confident they have the right blend of skills and experience to succeed in this brave new world.”


Lord Keen added:


“I’ve seen first-hand the cutting edge initiatives already underway across the country to develop a legal services sector, in which new technology can thrive.


“That is why I am delighted to be working closely with partners across the industry, to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the global LawTech revolution.”


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