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.

The future of legal services - regulation of the market, consumer protection and technological innovation, 25 February 2020, 8.30am-1pm

Join or Director of Strategy and Policy Ewen MacLeod on a panel to discuss 'Regulation in the legal services market - structures, roles and independence'.

This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the final report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation following its expected publication. Delegates will consider the conclusions reached by the Review on the scope and focus of regulation and the function of regulators, as well as the impact the proposed recommendations will have on the legal profession.

The seminar will look at the role of the regulators, with discussion focusing on their remits and how they balance the regulatory objectives. This will include the contested issue of independence of the regulatory arms of legal bodies, following the Legal Services Board open consultation on internal governance, as well as the announcement by CILEx of its intention to give its regulatory body complete structural independence. Delegates may also consider the prospect of a single overarching regulator.

Attendees will examine the position of the consumer in the legal services market, following the Legal services market study, published by the CMA in 2016, which found deficiencies in the way that the market was serving individuals and small businesses.

As concerns have also been raised by the Legal Services Board about the slow progress in this area flowing from the 2007 Act, discussion will draw out practical solutions for increasing transparency, such as bolstering current requirements for law firms to publish fees and regulatory status clearly online. 

 

The agenda will additionally look at how to best support consumers in order that they can engage confidently with providers, as well as latest thinking on how a framework can be developed that addresses the unmet legal need.

 

Attendees will consider the challenges faced by the sector in adopting new forms of technology, including developing systems that can improve access to justice and cost-effectiveness for lawyers and clients. We expect discussion on whether greater regulatory flexibility is required to encourage the adoption of innovative solutions  - such as the unbundling of legal services, and expansion of the use of AI systems beyond areas such as document reviews, contract checks and due diligence.

The seminar will also be an opportunity to assess the extent to which professional service firms have effectively entered the legal services market since the Legal Services Act 2007, as well as the transformation of more law firms to professional services companies offering a range of services.

Delegates will consider the appropriateness of the reserved activities as currently defined, whether these form justified barriers for new entrants to the market and the demands for greater flexibility in the regulatory framework.

TARGETJobs National Pupillage Fair, 30 November 2019, 10.30am-3pm

Come and visit our stand at the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair.

Back for 2019, the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair is taking place at the prestigious Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn on Saturday 30 November.

Open to students and graduates interested in discovering more about life at the Bar, the UK's largest and most established National Pupillage Fair is the best opportunity for students looking for pupillage to...

  • Gain an exclusive behind the scenes look at Gray's Inn

  • Meet with and speak to a variety of chambers and course providers

  • Have your questions answered to gain an insight into life at the Bar

  • Listen to a programme of talks covering key topics

  • Pick up your all-important copy of the TARGETjobs Law Pupillages Handbook

  • Discover what life as a barrister is really like, make new contacts and get ahead in your law career!

Register today to join the UK's most establised Pupillage Fair!

Book your free ticket https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/targetjobs-law-national-pupillage-fair-2019-tickets-67190944925

Find out more:https://targetjobs.co.uk/pupillage-fair.

Complaints Handling at the Bar, 30 October 2019, 5.45pm -7.30pm

On 30 October, join Paul Pretty, our Head of Investigations and Enforcement, at the Bar Council's Complaints Handling at the Bar event.

In conjunction with representatives from the Legal Ombudsman, the Bar Standards Board and Old Square Chambers, the Bar Council has constructed this brand-new seminar which aims to improve barristers and chambers professionals' handling of complaints. Paul will provide:                 

  • An overview of the nature and commonality of complaints received about barristers by the Bar Standards Board

  • Dealing with incoming information

  • Decisions after investigation

  • The tribunal process

For more information visit:https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/supporting-the-bar/conferences,-training-and-other-events/2019/october/complaints-handling-at-the-bar/

Bar Council Pupillage Fair, 26 October 2019, 10am-4pm

Pupillage: What’s Changing? The BSB invites you to attend one of our two sessions to find out what the new Bar training rules, launched this year, will mean for pupillage. If you’re an aspiring barrister, this isn’t to be missed.

For more information visit:https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/supporting-the-bar/conferences,-training-and-other-events/2019/october/pupillage-fair/

You're invited to help us improve the BSB Handbook, 16 October 2019, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

We would like to invite you to discuss how to improve the BSB Handbook.

Do we really need a BSB Handbook that is 255 pages long? Is it time, as some say, to "treat barristers more like adults"; or does more detail make it easier to find out what you can and can't do? Principles or prescription - how should we regulate the Bar? 

Hear the case for each approach presented by Patricia Robertson QC and Fenner Moeran QC and come and tell us what you think.

The discussion will be held onWednesday 16 October from 5.30pm - 7.00pm, at the Bar Standards Board office, 289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ.

A written record of the meeting will be made under the Chatham House Rule so your comments will be recorded but not attributed to you personally. 

If you would like to attend, please email ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk with any accessibility and dietary requirements you may haveby 5pm on 30 September. Please note that places are limited.

If you're unable to attend,you can share your views with us in writing by responding to our call for evidence by 28 October.