The Futures of Legal Education and the Legal Profession 2013 CEPLER Conference

48 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RA, Lucas House (University of Birmingham Conference Park)
Friday 18 October 2013 (09:15-17:30)

Lesley Griffiths:

The Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, in partnership with No5 Chambers, presents its annual conference. This year's event features a programme of esteemed speakers and participants from the legal profession and the field of legal education who will share their expert views on the transformation and challenges ahead.

The opening plenary, presented by Professor Hilary Sommerlad, CEPLER Director of Research, will provide an overview of current research and set the scene for the two distinct paper streams: Legal Education and the Legal Profession.

The Future of Legal Education:

Session One:Transforming Legal Education: Meeting the Needs of a Changing Profession?

Speakers include:

Session Two:Law Degrees and Law Students: At Home and Abroad

Speakers include:

  • David Howarth, Cambridge University
  • Martin George, Birmingham Law School [presentation video]
  • Jon Harman, The University of Law [presentation slides]
  • Professor Ole Hammerslev, University of Southern Denmark [presentation slides]

Session Three: Conversation with Professor Andrew Sanders-How Should the Legal Education and Training Review Change Legal Education Over the Next Ten Years?

Speakers include:

  • Simon Thornton-Wood, Bar Standards Board
  • Julie Brannan, Solicitors Regulation Authority 
  • Stephen Mayson, Legal Services Institute 
  • Dr Julian Lonbay, Birmingham Law School


The Future of the Legal Profession

Session One:Fragmentation, Globalisation and Change: the Law Firm in Transition

Speakers include:

  • Professor Julia Evetts, University of Nottingham [presentation slides]
  • Professor Daniel Muzio, Newcastle University [presentation slides]
  • Karen Bailey, Partner, Bailey Wright & Co Solicitors

Session Two: The Changing Courtroom 

Speakers include: 

Session Three: Conversation with Professor Richard Young - Can Research Help Shape the Future of the Legal Profession?


  • Professor Ed Cape, University of the West of England;
  • Dr Louise Ashley, Kent Business School;
  • Professor David Sugarman, Lancaster University;
  • Nina Fletcher, Head of Research at the Law Society  

Keynote Address:

The pinnacle of the day, we are delighted to welcome as keynote speaker Professor Richard Abel, Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA.


The event carries 6 CPD points.


  • Academics and Practitioners - £59 until 16th September (£69 thereafter)
  • Students - £49 until 16th September (£59 thereafter)

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