Full Agenda Available Now! - LegalTech in Leeds 2024 Conference

LegalTech in Leeds







LegalTech in Leeds has announced the full agenda ahead of the 2024 conference - An event not to be missed!

LegalTech in Leeds 2024 Annual Conference: Inclusion, Innovation and Inspiration

Session 1 – National & Regional Landscape

08:00: Registrations, breakfast and networking

09:00: Welcome – Julian Wells, Director & Chloe Thompson, Consultant, Whitecap Consulting/LegalTech in Leeds

09:05: Welcome – Catherine Thristan, Director of External Engagement, University of Leeds

09:10: Welcome - Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer, Culture & Economy, Leeds City Council

09:20: Regional Update - Shanika Varga, President, Leeds Law Society

09:30: National Update - Katie Atkinson, Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science / Panel Member, University of Liverpool / LawtechUK

09:50: Panel discussion – 'Growth of LegalTech across the UK'

•      Beth Fellner, Director, Legal Geek/LawtechUK (chair)

•      Hilary Smyth-Allen, Executive Director, SuperTech WM

•      Julian Wells, Director, Whitecap Consulting/LegalTech in Leeds

•      Orkun Akseli, Professor of Commercial Law & Academic Director, The University of Manchester / Manchester Law & Technology Initiative

10:20: Keynote – Krsto Pandza, Professor of Strategy and Innovation, University of Leeds  

10:40: Coffee break and networking

Session 2 – LegalTech Innovations

11:10: Panel discussion – 'Game changers in legal services'

•      Chloe Thompson, Consultant, Whitecap Consulting/LegalTech in Leeds (chair)

•      David Nash, Chief Product Officer, Dye & Durham

•      Gary Gallen, CEO, rradar

•      Chris Fowler, Chief Operating Officer (Legal), Rio Tinto

•      Katie Atkinson, Katie Atkinson, Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science / Panel Member, University of Liverpool / LawtechUK

LegalTech Innovations showcase

11:55: AGPT: Lights, Camera, Action - Empowering our lawyers through Generative AI

Addleshaw Goddard will be delving into the development journey of our own Generative AI platform: AGPT, how we have engaged our lawyers and what is on the horizon.

Laura Pilkington, Senior Manager - Innovation and Legal Technology & James Whitaker, Senior Manager - Innovation and Legal Technology, Addleshaw Goddard

12:05: Legal Tech and Social Justice in Legal Education

Description TBC.

Dr Jess Guth, Head of Law School & Dr Simon Best, Associate Professor in Law, Leeds Trinity University

12:15: DAC Beachcroft - AI and DAC Beachcroft

DAC Beachcroft's IT Director David Aird and Head of Business Solutions Chris Teller will describe how they have been trialling generative AI at DAC Beachcroft including creating a chatbot to help their colleagues access information and answer queries.

David Aird, IT Director & Chris Teller, Head of Business Solutions, DAC Beachcroft

12:25: PEXA - Transforming property transactions: exploring the power of PEXA in legal tech

Angela Hesketh, Head of Market Development, PEXA

12:35: What we should be teaching 21st C Lawyer 2: The Rise of the Machines

In a follow up to the Keynote delivered two years ago, this short talk will dive into how the University of Law is preparing the next generation of lawyers for the "Rise of the Machines" and the growing impact of AI on the legal landscape.

Patrick Grant, Senior Lecturer & Project Director, University of Law

12:45: Walker Morris - The Challenge Commercial Property Practice presents to Technology and Innovation

Hannah Levy, Senior Associate (Real Estate), Walker Morris

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch and networking

Session 3 – Breakout Sessions

14:00: Keynote – Adam Roney, CEO & Founder at Calls9

14:20: Breakout sessions, focused on 4 key audiences:

1.     Large Law – Gary Gallen, CEO & Founder, rradar & Virag Blazsek, Associate Professor at University of Leeds

An exploratory session that brings together panelists from across the LegalTech ecosystem to address questions and spark debate about what the largest law firms can learn from other key players in the sector - including SMEs, students, non-legal and academic professionals.

2.     SME Law - Graham Moore, Founder & Managing Director, Katchr & Nabi Omidvar, Associate Professor, University of Leeds


3.     Inhouse - Jamie Goldrich​​​​, Vice President ‑ Legal Operations Technolog, Consilio/SYKE & Omar Al-Tabbaa, Associate Professor at University of Leeds.

"Transforming in-house legal functions” focusing on how in-house legal teams are adopting technology today and predictions for the future.

4.     LegalTech Careers – Patrick Grant, Senior Lecturer & Project Director, University of Law & Sundeep Aulakh, Associate Professor, University of Leeds

Activity and panel discussion designed to give aspiring Legal Technologists an understanding of what the role looks like as well as the career opportunities available within the sector.

15:15: Coffee Break and networking

Session 4 – Showcase & Closing Keynote

15:45 – 17:10: LegalTech Showcase featuring 11 x quickfire pitches from LegalTechs (6-7mins)

  1. 2024 Hackathon Winners - StuLex
  2. Avokaado
  3. Barrister Link
  4. Dye & Durham 
  5. File Republic
  6. Hanzo
  7. Ilves
  8. Orbital Witness
  9. Safe Capital
  10.  Sa.global
  11. LegalTechTalk

17:10: Closing keynote - Growing a LegalTech in Leeds - fireside chat with Alistair Maiden, Global Advisory Lead, Consilio/SYKE

17:30 – Conference close, drinks + networking

✍️ If you are still yet to secure your place at the 2024 LegalTech in Leeds Conference: Inclusion, Innovation & Inspiration, register here now.