Law Society Small Firms Conference

Small Firms Division annual conference 2017 - Leeds
Thursday 5 October 2017
Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds

To book direct with The Law Society please click here

Staying competitive in an ever-changing legal market can be challenging. This year’s conference will help you stay
on top of the key issues affecting small firms in 2017 - including cyber crime, crisis management, managing client
development and maximising your firm’s potential.
Our half-day conference will give you the tools you need to review your strategy, so that you can provide choice and
flexibility to your clients and develop commercial opportunities.

Why attend?
This event should be of great interest and value to:
COLP/COFA role in 1-4 partner firms
sole practitioners
senior partners or equivalent.
*SRA competence: A2 – Provides you with legal knowledge to maintain a level of competence to practise effectively.

Programme
13:00 - 13:15 Registration with refreshments
13:15 - 13:25 Welcome and introduction
Speaker: Sally Azarmi, chair, Small Firms Division Committee, The Law Society, and founder,
Azarmi & Co
Conference chair: Philip Giles, vice-chair, Small Firms Division Committee, The Law Society, and partner,
Giles Wilson Solicitors
13:25 - 13:55 Keynote address
Speaker: Karen Jackson, director, didlaw
13:55 - 14:40 Plenary one: Cyber crime and fraud related loss - how to protect your firm
Exploring the link between cyber crime and fraud related loss. Hints and tips on how best to protect your
firm and minimise risk.
Speaker: Giles Taylor, head of data and cyber security, Data Services, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking
14:40 - 15:25 Plenary two: Houston we’ve had a problem? Apollo 13 Crisis Management for law firms
What goes wrong in firms and how do they manage to get safely back to earth? (Well back to helping
clients anyway) Mad, bad and sad Clients, trouble with the SRA or the Legal Ombudsman what you
can learn from how others manage a crisis.
Speaker: Paul Bennett, partner and mediator, Aaron and Partners LLP
15:25 - 15:45 Refreshment break
15:45 - 16:30 Breakout session A: Staying small - How to get the best out of your small firm
The session is aimed at sole practitioners or small partnerships who wish to stay the same size and will
focus on time management, use of technology, use of processes and work/life balance.
Speaker: Andrew Cussons, ActionCOACH
Breakout session B: Growth - How to grow your firm
Discover how meaningful planning, effective leadership and empowering and motivating your staff
combined with a proper understanding of your business’ key differentiators can make your firm
more successful.
Speaker: Andrew Otterburn, director, Otterburn Legal Consultancy LLP
Please note: Delegates will choose to attend one of the above sessions
16:30 - 17:15 Panel session: Innovation and law and the future for law firms
Speakers: Sally Azarmi, chair, Small Firms Division Committee, The Law Society, and founder,
Azarmi & Co
Liam Herbert, chief executive, Chelgate Limited
17:15 - 17:25 Closing remarks
Conference chair: Sally Azarmi, chair, Small Firms Division Committee, The Law Society, and founder,
Azarmi & Co
17:25 - 18:30 Networking drinks reception
Date: 05/10/2017 (13:00 - 20:00)

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Refunds
More than 5 business days prior to event: fully refundable less £5 administration fee.
Within 3- 5 business days prior to event: non-refundable but someone may attend in your place or you may transfer to a future event.
Within 2 business days prior to event: non-refundable but someone may attend in your place.

If you do not attend without notifying Leeds Law Society in advance, the full fee is payable.
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Late cancellations will be charged at the full rate if received less than 3 working days prior to the event.
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