From time to time, we run a range of events. In this section, you can find out more about our forthcoming events including details as to how to register to attend them. We also attend events run by others.

Next steps for legal education and training and ongoing competence in the legal profession, 8 February 2022, 8.30am-12.55pm

This conference will look at the next steps for legal education and training, and priorities for facilitating ongoing competence in the legal profession in the wake of changes to the pathways for qualifying as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.


The conference is timed as an opportunity to consider initial experiences with the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which has been rolled out as the new standardised assessment for qualifying as a solicitor.


There will also be discussion on the new pathways for qualifying as a barrister one year after their rollout, and the phasing out of the BTEC - as well as what more needs to be done to deliver high-quality legal education for barristers and clarity for prospective students on their options.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Chris Nichols, Director of Regulation and Policy, Legal Services Board; Mark Neale, Director General, Bar Standards Board; and Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training, Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Further sessions look at wider issues in the legal sector, including:

  • how best to widen access to the profession and enhance diversity, including the role of apprenticeships
  • positioning the system to respond to emerging trends such as the increasing role of technology
  • the role of sector regulators in ensuring the ongoing competence of legal professionals and that the sector meets consumer expectations and requirements around consumer protection

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the BEIS; the Government Legal Department; and the MoJ.

Book your place on the Westminster Legal Policy Forum website.