Tuesday 11 February 18:30 - 20:00

Nash Lecture Theatre
2nd Floor, King's Building
Strand Campus
King's College London

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The Legal Tech Revolution: Assessing the impact of technology in the court room and in major legal firms


We all know that Law is undergoing a revolution, driven in large part by the rise of technology.  Taking a look at some of current key developments arising in two very different legal contexts – the courts and some of the World’s largest law firms - will be our panel of experts, all of whom are operating at the cutting edge of this development in legal history:

  •  Dr Victoria McCloud, Master of the Senior Courts, Queen's Bench Division, Deputy Costs Judge/Taxing Master and ad hoc acting Admiralty Registrar

  • Ben Kent, Founder and Director of Meridian West, a professional services company helping professional firms to develop and implement client-focused strategies, co-author of the Professional Services Leadership Handbook

  • Michael Hanley, Head of Cyber & Information Security & Assurance/Deputy SIRO, Digital Architecture & Cyber Security (DACS) for HMCTS


This talk will take place between 6.30pm and 8pm on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 at the Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, Strand Campus.  Drinks reception to follow.

Speaker Bios:

Dr Victoria McCloud:  Master Victoria McCloud (Dr McCloud) is a Master of the Senior Courts, Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in London. As a full time judge she tries and case-manages High Court claims in various areas of Queen’s Bench Division civil litigation. She has previously been the acting Admiralty Registrar. As part of the celebrations of the first 100 years of women practising law in this jurisdiction in 2019 she was chosen as one of the 100 women whose biographies were published. She obtained her doctorate in 1993 from Christ Church, Oxford University, in Experimental Psychology. She is a Chartered Psychologist, qualified in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland. She has been an editor of Civil Procedure (‘the White Book’) since 2000 and is the author of various legal books, as well as academic papers in fields. In 2018 she presented the second Queen's University Belfast Pride Law Lecture.

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Ben Kent: Ben started his career as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields. He set up Meridian West in 2001 and have spent the last two decades advising professional services businesses on how to design and implement client focused strategies. His clients include the Financial Times, Kemp Little, Bond Dickinson, Linklaters, Farrer & Co., Hogan Lovells, Allen & Overy, DLA Piper and Addleshaw Goddard. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. He has published widely and spoken at conferences around the world on various aspects of strategy for law firms, including innovation, technology, financial performance, client trends and the competitive environment.

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About The Future of Legal Practice lecture series

Following the success of the series last year, the Professional Law Institute at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London is proud and delighted to be hosting a new lecture series on ‘The Future of Legal Practice’.

The way we practice law is changing. Business needs are evolving rapidly. In a globalised and strongly competitive market, clients require lawyers with a deep understanding of the way they operate. They need creative and dedicated lawyers who know how to harness the law, their skillsets and, increasingly, technology to make their business thrive.  This is a call for us to rethink the nature of legal services - to be imaginative. What will our clients, now and in the next decades, require from us as (aspiring) legal professionals? How can we best learn to fully understand our clients' needs and help them navigate the law in a way that makes most sense for them? And how do we legal professionals thrive and meet individual and systemic challenges in this ever-changing world?

To explore these and other related questions with us, the Professional Law Institute is inviting students, academics, practitioners, and members of the public with an interest in the subject to attend our lecture series: The Future of Legal Practice.


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