The Global Law Summit – a three-day conference focusing on the future of the legal profession and the rule of law – is well underway at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II conference centre.
As the constant flow of Tweets direct from the summit show, the sessions are engaging delegates in a debate about how lawyers and law firms should respond to the changing business and political world with a wide variety of views expressed.
Yesterday’s sessions kicked off with a speech from Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas in which he called for lawyers to be prepared to pay the “heavy” price of maintaining the rule of law.
That heavy price was also alluded to in a speech delivered by Criminal Bar Association chair Tony Cross QC. Cross criticised the Government’s cuts to legal aid and warned that they would have a negative impact on solicitors and barristers alike, saying that the junior bar would “wither and die out”.
Other sessions yesterday looked at the influence corporates can have on the rule of law, the issue of diversity, and the UK courts as a venue for international litigation. Today flexible resourcing and the future of the legal profession have been among the hottest topics.
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