Open Access: Providing Legal Services for All

Demos will hold a panel discussion at Conservative Party Conference to discuss effective methods of increasing access to legal services. The rapidly changing market has presented legal service providers with both opportunities and challenges. Solicitors and law firms are already adapting with innovative new business models and ways of working are being introduced. These will help widen access to legal services for individuals and small businesses, however, as it stands, only 1 in 10 people use a solicitor or barrister for their legal problems. This event will debate what more can be done to create a fair and open market for legal services that supports better access for individuals and business. The Solicitors Regulation Authority and Demos are keen to discuss what more can be done to support a modern, open and accessible legal profession that reflects the people it represents.

The discussion will also provide an opportunity to explore how modernizing techniques can be further employed to offer modern legal services, well-suited to a modern economy.

Date & Time
Monday 2 October, 1545 – 1700

John Howell OBE MP
Robert Buckland QC MP
Claudia Wood, Demos
Richard Collins, Solicitors Regulations Authority
Martin McTague, Federation of Small Business

Chair: Jonathan Ames, The Times

Central 3, Manchester Central, Manchester



This event is kindly supported by the Solicitors Regulation Authority