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The Law Society at the 2019 political party conferences

13 September 2019

The Law Society will be attending the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences this autumn as part of our influencing work on behalf of members.

We will be running a full programme of meetings and events to promote our vision for law and justice, including our policy recommendations to:

  • maintain the attractiveness of the UK as a global legal centre post-Brexit
  • ensure access to justice for all
  • fix our broken criminal justice system
  • lead the way on legal technology
  • attract the best talent to the legal profession

Read our vision for law and justice and find more details on our policy recommendations

Below is a list of our main activities at all three conferences, including details on which events are free to attend.

Liberal Democrat Party Conference 2019

Bournemouth, Monday 16 September

TimeVenueEventCan members attend?
Monday 16 September
18.15 – 19.15Bournemouth Highcliff MarriottTechnology and access to justice
Panel discussion hosted by the Rights-Liberties-Justice
Chair:
  • Andrew Haslam-Jones, co-chair of Rights-Liberties-Justice
Panellists:
  • Lord Marks, Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson
  • Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson (invited)
  • Stephanie Boyce, deputy vice president the Law Society of England and Wales
  • James Sandbach, LawWorks
  • Ruth Daniels, CEO of Access to Justice Foundation
Yes
19:30 – 22:00The Trott Room, The Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth BH2 5ELCity of London Corporation dinner
Dinner for parliamentarians and other select guests hosted by the City of London Corporation.
Invitation only

Labour Party Conference 2019

Brighton, Sunday 22 to Tuesday 24 September

TimeVenueEventCan members attend?
Sunday 22 September
18.00 – 20.00The Grand Hotel, 97-99 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FWThe rule of law – is justice under attack?
Panel discussion focusing on the rule of law and the criminal justice system in conjunction with the Society of Labour Lawyers.
Confirmed speakers:
  • Kate O’Rourke, Society of Labour Lawyers
  • Baroness Chakrabarti, shadow attorney general
  • David Greene, vice president of the Law Society
  • Richard Burgon MP, shadow lord chancellor (invited)
  • Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, shadow solicitor general (invited)
Yes
20.30 – 23.00TBCThe Law Society conference dinner
Dinner with legally qualified parliamentarians hosted by the Law Society of England and Wales in association with the Society of Labour Lawyers.
Invitation only
Monday 23 September
08.00 – 10.00Wordsworth Room, Jury’s Inn Brighton Waterfront, King's Road, Brighton BN1 2GSLabour City Lawyers fringe event
Panel discussion focusing on Brexit and financial services.
Panellists:
  • David Greene, vice president of the Law Society
  • Hilary Benn MP, chair of the Exiting the EU Select Committee
  • Jonathan Reynolds MP, shadow economic secretary to the Treasury and shadow City minister
  • Neena Gill MEP, MEP for the West Midlands
  • Grace Blakely, research fellow at the IPPR, economics commentator at the New Statesman
  • Ann Pettifor, director of PRIME
Yes
19.30 – 22.00The Albert Room, The Grand Hotel, Brighton, BN1 2FWCity of London Corporation dinner
Dinner for parliamentarians and other select guests hosted by the City of London Corporation.
Invitation only
Tuesday 24 September
12.00 – 13.30The Old Ship Hotel, King's Road, Brighton BN1 1NRDiversity in the law – room for improvement?
Panel discussion in conjunction with the Society of Labour Lawyers, JUSTICE and the Bar Council.
Chair:
  • Kate O’Rourke, Society of Labour Lawyers
Panellists:
  • Andrea Coomber, director of JUSTICE
  • Amanda Pinto QC, vice chair of the Bar Council
  • David Greene, vice president of the Law Society
  • Baroness Chakrabarti, shadow attorney general
  • David Lammy MP
Yes
17.00 – 19.00Holiday InnThe justice gap
Panel discussion in conjunction with LAPG and YLAL on access to justice.
Panellists:
  • Richard Burgon MP, shadow lord chancellor
  • Baroness Chakrabarti, shadow attorney general
  • Willy Bach, PCC for Leicestershire
  • David Greene, vice president of the Law Society
  • Chris Minnoch, CEO of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group
Yes

Conservative Party Conference 2019

Manchester, Sunday 29 September to Tuesday 1 October

TimeVenueEventCan members attend?
Monday 30 September
AMTBCMembers breakfast TBCTBC
11:00 – 12:00Copton Room 3+4, Manchester Central Convention CentrePolicy Exchange fringe event with City of London and the Law Society
Topic: Topic: Strengthening the rule of law to drive UK growth
Laws should be clear and predictable – they allow businesses to plan and make investments and a legal system underpinned by the Rule of Law instils confidence in the fair resolution of disputes and application of laws. Brexit, from the perspective of the rule of law, presents both risk and opportunity.
Moderator:
  • Richard Ekins, head of the Judicial Power Project at Policy Exchange
Panellists:
  • Catherine McGuinness, policy chair, City of London Corporation
  • Simon Davis, president of the Law Society
  • Murray Hunt, director of Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law or Justine Stefanelli, Bingham Centre
  • Political speaker TBC
Yes
18:00 – 19:00Meeting Rooms 8 and 9, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, 303 DeansgateSociety of Conservative Lawyers fringe event with the Law Society, the Bar Council and JUSTICE
Topic: Vulnerability in the justice system
Moderator:
  • Victoria Prentis MP, chair of Society of Conservative Lawyers
Panellists:
  • Simon Davis, president of the Law Society
  • Richard Atkins, chair of the Bar
  • Andrea Coomber, director of JUSTICE
  • Justice minister or senior parliamentarian TBC
Yes
19:00 – 20:30Meeting Rooms 8 and 9, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, 303 DeansgateSociety of Conservative Lawyers drinks reception with the Law Society and the Bar Council
Panellists:
  • Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, the lord chancellor
  • Victoria Prentis MP, chair of the Society of Conservative Lawyers
  • Simon Davis, president of the Law Society
  • Richard Atkins, chair of the Bar
Invitation only
19:30 – 22:00Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JLCity of London Corporation conference dinner
The Law Society will be attending the City of London Corporation’s Conservative Party conference drinks reception and dinner
Invitation only

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