AllAboutLaw Panel Discussions

We have an outstanding agenda of Panel Discussions running throughout the academic year, featuring speakers from some of the top law firms and law schools in the UK.

Wednesday 22nd September

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Life sciences & Healthcare | Utilising big data in healthcare: creating a healthier society

Emerging technologies in healthcare from FitBit to Babylon allows life sciences and healthcare organisations to analyse vast quantities of data unlike ever before. This is allowing treatment to become more specialised to individual needs and more effective than previous treatments. Yet it goes without saying that advances in the use and analysis of patient data doesn’t come without challenges.

The pharmaceutical industry is the one of the heaviest regulated sectors and it’s the role of the life sciences and healthcare lawyer to ensure that their clients are upholding regulatory standards, whilst working to create a healthier society.

Join AllAboutLaw on 22nd September 2021 for a panel discussion with experts in the field and learn more about this rapidly changing industry.

Tuesday 28th September

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

The Litigation Boom

The potent cocktail of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge rise in litigation. Financial services organisations may look to argue that their contractual obligations are void due to disruptions to the markets caused by Brexit.

Additionally, the impending end of the furlough scheme could cause a rise in redundancies, and with it a rise in employment litigation. Where there is uncertainty and change there is also opportunity for litigation specialists; has there ever been a better time to be a litigation lawyer?

On 28th September 2021, AllAboutLaw will speak with leading litigation experts to assess the marketplace and provide tips to students who are seeking a career as a litigator.

Wednesday 29th September

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Energy & Utilities | Teaching an old dog new tricks: oil companies and renewable energy

The continuing growth and demand of renewable energy sources has seen oil companies invest heavily in battery technologies, electric powered transport and renewable energy. There’s a lot to gain in the coming years in this sector, particularly demand for fuel declining rapidly since COVID-19 shut borders and limited travel.

There is undoubtedly a short, medium and long term strategy behind this investment, and there are not many better placed organisations than the law firms that advise the energy and utilities sector.

On 29th September, join AllAboutLaw and leading energy and utilities lawyers to discover what the future holds for energy, and how the role of the lawyer in this sector has, and will continue to, change.

Thursday 30th September

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Medical Negligence | Who is ultimately responsible for negligence during a global pandemic?

There is no doubt that the NHS and other health services around the world responded incredibly to COVID-19. However, despite the world leading care, medical negligence cases related to the pandemic will undoubtedly arise, but who is ultimately responsible?

Countless factors could be at play in any hypothetical case: if oxygen supply is low, who is responsible? If a ventilator is not fitted correctly, who is responsible? If a patient has an operation or treatment delayed as a result of crowded hospitals and/or a shortage of staff, who is responsible? Individual health care workers, the NHS, suppliers and the government will all be under scrutiny in medical negligence claims.

Join AllAboutLaw on 30th September to meet with an expert panel of lawyers specialising in medical negligence, and find out what skills and qualities you need to forge a career in this field.

Tuesday 5th October

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Private Equity | Responsible investment: a unique opportunity

New outlooks of consumers has resulted in increased motivation and desire for businesses to do things differently. Whether this is on an environmental level through achieving net zero-carbon emissions, or on a social level through examination and remediation of gender pay gaps or diversity in the workforce, it’s clear that organisations should now espouse the values of their consumers and employees. For private equity firms, this presents a unique opportunity.

Companies with an effective and robust ESG strategy are now an even more attractive investment as it’s believed that these companies are better positioned to deal with any future crises - and as 2020 showed, they can arrive unexpectedly and have a devestating impact.

Private equity firms are in a unique position in that they can provide the funding required to organisations that can change the way the world works, be it renewable energy organisations or innovators that create sustainable infrastructure.

Wednesday 6th October

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

The City after Brexit

With financial services notably not included within the Brexit deal, the UK and the EU published a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year. Ultimately, though, whilst there will be equivalent decisions made by the UK and EU, the UK now has more scope to operate in a different manner. The ripple effect of Brexit will be felt in the short, medium and long-term.

Firstly, will the UK adopt the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), which is designed to regulate alternative investments that went uncheck prior to the 2008-09 global financial crisis? On the horizon, how will the UK and EU diverge on matters relating to sustainable finance and ESG disclosure obligations?

On 6th October, AllAboutLaw will host a panel of expert lawyers operating in the financial services sector to investigate the impact of Brexit on The City.

Thursday 7th October

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Corporate Law | What the SPAC?: Everything you need to know about the SPAC frenzy

If COVID-19 was the buzzword of 2020, SPAC is the catchword of 2021. Special purpose acquisition vehicles or SPACs have dominated the financial press for the past 12 months. These alternatives to traditional IPOs have exploded – raising nearly $88 billion in Q1 2021.

But what exactly are SPACs? Are they just a fad or a bubble waiting to pop? And should governments relax or tighten regulation governing SPACs?

Join AllAboutLaw for a special SPAC panel discussion on 7th October 2021 featuring leading corporate lawyers who will help you get to grips with all things SPAC.

Tuesday 12th October

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Technology & Communications | The cloud, file sharing, fibre connectivity and secure remote access: how four trends are shaping the telecommunications industry

The pandemic accelerated trends and changes in the technology and telecommunications industry. As millions began to work from home, the importance of cloud computing, secure file sharing and storage, access to fibre broadband connectivity and secure access to servers from remote locations became even more pronounced.

As a result, businesses are now working differently, much sooner than they expected to. What does this mean for law firms, who handle and process sensitive commercial and legal information for their clients? And what are the effects for the telecommunications operators, who are supporting businesses, governments and education establishments in a period of rapid transition?

On 12th October 2021, AllAboutLaw will host a panel discussion with leading legal minds in the technology and communications industry to explore these topics and much more.

Wednesday 13th October

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Media, Entertainment & Sport | Game over: the legal risks of VR and AR video games

Gaming is officially the most successful entertainment sector of the 21st century. And one area that has got everyone talking is virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gaming.

Once thought to be the stuff of sci-fi movies, these new gaming experiences are quickly becoming a reality. But what are the legal implications of VR and AR gaming? What data protection, cybersecurity, and health and safety issues do they raise? And how can law firms best capitalise on this gaming trend?

On 13th October 2021, AllAboutLaw will host a panel discussion with leading lawyers in the areas of media, entertainment and sport to explore these topics and much more.

Tuesday 26th October

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Life at a city law firm in 2021

Headquartered in London, the UK’s legal hub, city law firms offer exciting opportunities for aspiring solicitors. From international and client secondments, through to big-ticket deals and high-profile clients, life at a city law firm is anything but boring!

So, what is the DNA of a city law firm? How do they compete in an increasingly saturated market? And what does it take to bag one of those coveted training contracts?

On 26th October 2021, AllAboutLaw will host an expert panel discussion featuring lawyers from leading city law firms who will share their insights into life at a city firm and what it takes to succeed at one.

Wednesday 27th October

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

The National Law Firm in 2021

Life at a National Law Firm will typically involve commercial work, with the added advantages of a good salary, attractive benefits and a healthy work-life balance. The clientele of a National Law Firm will usually be made up of SMEs, national organisations and divisions of international conglomerates. But what is life like for a trainee in a National Law Firm?

What is the growth strategy for a National Law Firm, given that many wish to balance expansion with maintenance of their community roots? And how have National Law Firms been impacted by COVID-19 in economic terms?

Find out the answers to these questions and many more on 27th October 2021 as AllAboutLaw hosts an expert panel discussion with some of the UK’s leading National Law Firms.

Thursday 28th October

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Pro-bono | Doing the right thing: why pro bono work makes business sense

Clients increasingly expect their legal advisers to make a positive impact through their work. Engaging in pro bono work can be an effective way for law firms to give back to society and win new business. Doing the right thing makes business sense. But what does pro bono work involve? How can trainees get involved? And what exactly is the business case for pro bono work?

Find out the answer to all of these questions and learn more about pro bono work as AllAboutLaw hosts a panel discussion with leading law firms on 28th October 2021.

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Thursday 4th November

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Retail & Consumer | Boom and bust: Has online shopping killed the high street store?

2020 was a historic year for the retail sector. Successive lockdowns decimated the high street with popular brands such as Top Shop, Debenhams, and Miss Selfridge shutting their physical doors forever. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Whilst physical shopping busted, online shopping boomed, hitting a 13-year high in 2020.

As lockdowns ease and footfall in physical stores picks up, the future of retail has never been less certain. Will online shopping be the new norm? Or will in-person shopping make a comeback? And what role do lawyers play in all of this? How can they best advise their clients in a turbulent sector?

Join AllAboutLaw on 4th November 2021 for an expert panel discussion featuring leading lawyers who advise clients in the retail and consumer sector.

Tuesday 16th November

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Environment | What the ESG?: getting to grips with the sustainability issues of today

ESG is one of the inescapable buzzwords of the corporate world. Both law firms and their clients are coming under increasing scrutiny for their ESG policies — or lack thereof. Get it wrong, and it can be bad news for business.

But how does a law firm advise clients on best practice when there are no global standards in place? What are the risks of advising clients in high-polluting sectors? And how does a firm hold itself accountable? Find out the answers to these questions and many more on 16th November 2021 as AllAboutLaw hosts an expert panel discussion with some of the UK’s leading lawyers advising clients on ESG.

Wednesday 17th November

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Law firms as a business: redefining the law firm of the future

Gone are the days of black-letter-law firms. If law firms are to continue to thrive, they need to look beyond providing excellent legal advice. They need to offer exceptional commercial advice.

This means embracing legal tech, offering complementary non-legal services, and recruiting from a diverse pool of talent. But are law firms getting to grips with this need to change or are they stuck in their ways? Are they embracing legal tech or relying on traditional solutions? And are they keeping an eye on competitors outside the legal sector?

Discover the law firm of the future at the AllAboutLaw panel discussion on 17th November 2021 which will feature prominent lawyers from leading law firms.

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Thursday 18th November

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Real Estate & Infrastructure | The recovery: boom or bubble?

Stamp duty holidays, low interest rates, and higher-than-normal household savings – just some of the factors fueling the housing market in the UK. The average house price was up 8.9% over the year to April 2021. But is the recovery a boom or a bubble? Are we seeing the return of the real estate fiasco of the 2000s? And how are law firms coping with the surge in demand for real estate advice?

Find out the answer to all of these questions and more on 18th November 2021 when AllAboutLaw hosts an expert panel discussion on the trends in the real estate market in 2021.