Keynote Speaker

October 8, 2019 from 9:20 am to 10:20 am

Speaker: Mr. Andrew Holroyd (CBE)

Mr. Andrew Holroyd (CBE)

Execute Chairman, The Jackson Lees  Group, United Kingdom

 Influence of AI on the delivery of legal services, a practitioners view’


Legal service delivery is a diverse and sophisticated service sector industry with a turnover in the UK alone of over £35 billion per annum in 2018. The Legal Service Act 2007 brought in a new regulatory regime opening up the market to non-lawyer ownership and external investment in legal businesses.  The sector has seen the entrance of some technology based disruptors but their influence has been limited thus far. Some external investors have put money into the sector but no revolution has yet occurred.

The talk will look at the ways in which IT solutions have begun to influence the provision of legal services. It will look at developments underway and speculate on how AI might influence the legal services sector in the future. It will consider the limitations of the use of AI and the continued role of the expert lawyer.


Andrew qualified as a Solicitor in 1974 and has gained a wide range of experience in a number of areas of law including Property, Family law, Wills Trusts and Estates and Immigration and Asylum law. He was elected to the Law Society Council in 1996 and between then and 2007 he was Chair of the Training Committee, the Standards Board (its then rule making body) before being elected as President in 2007/8 where he represented the 150000 strong profession around the world. He received an OBE for services to Legal Aid in 2005 and a CBE for services to Administration of Justice in 2009. He has served as a Non-executive Director of many public bodies. He is currently Executive Chair of Jackson Lees a North West England based legal practice and specialises in legal compliance issues.