The Liver Building

Innovation in Law Firms


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 27th March, 2019

Time: 09:30 - 13:30

Areas of Law: Civil Litigation; Company & Commercial; Criminal; Employment; Family; Management; Personal Injury; Property; Wills, Trust, Tax & Probate

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4284


“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”

The legal market place has seen many changes and continues to do so. The ability to adapt a business is the key to survival & success. Some of the leading North West Innovators will be at Liverpool Law Society on Wednesday 27th March – come along & hear what they have to say, book your place now.

Aimed at: Senior / Managing Partners, Chief Executives, Practice & HR Managers, Heads of Departments, Business Development Managers and any professionals involved in strategy forming for their firms.


Welcome & introduction ~ Michelle Helsby, Head of Business Partnerships, Lpool City Region Business Post

Innovate - big “I” and little “i” ~ Stuart Whittle, Business Services and Innovation Director, Weightmans LLP

  • Why innovate?
  • Innovate what?
  • Innovate with whom?
  • Did any of it work

Placemaking ~ TBC

  • When you focus on place you do everything differently’
  • Whose job is it?
  • Innovative placemaking


The law firm of tomorrow has been shaped by customers; all change! ~ Karl Chapman, Legal Operations & Technology,Riverview EY

  • Exponential growth in demand
  • Pressure to do more with less
  • Difficulty in retaining and recruiting the right people
  • Current operating models are unsustainable


To Innovate or not To Innovate~ Darryl Cooke, Partner, Gunnercooke

Darryl will discuss both the process of Innovation and the areas in the law that are ripe for new thinking

  •  The process of Innovation
  • Areas in the law that are ripe for new thinking

Summary & thanks ~ Michelle Helsby

Speaker Biographies

Karl Chapman

Karl read law at Birmingham University, then joined Guinness Mahon Investment Management (GMIM) in 1985. In 1987 he was Money Observer’s top-performing UK unit trust fund manager. In 1989 he set up CRT Group plc (CRT), a consultancy, recruitment and training business. In 1996 CRT sold 50.1% of its equity for £109 million to Knowledge Universe, a private US-based company. He left CRT in 1999 and set up AdviserPlus Business Solutions in 2000 which was acquired by a Private Equity investor in November 2016. Karl joined Riverview Law, a legal services business, as Chief Executive in the summer of 2011 following its creation by AdviserPlus. Riverview Law ( was acquired by EY in August 2018 and he is Strategic Adviser to the company. Karl is also a Non-Executive Director of Kim Technologies (

Darryl Cooke

Darryl is renowned as a private equity lawyer – he’s solely done private equity transactions for over 25 years. In that time he’s helped clients to invest, buy, sell and raise money for businesses across the UK and all over the world. He’s even written the world’s leading book on the subject- ‘To Innovate or not To Innovate’ – aimed at lawyers. He is passionate about ensuring that legal processes evolve to meet the changing requirements of funders and of the fast-growing businesses that they invest in.

Michelle Helsby

Michelle is a qualified lawyer and business strategist with a passion and aptitude for Liverpool City Region public and corporate affairs. She is currently working alongside Liverpool Echo editors Ali Machray and Alistair Houghton as Head of Partnerships for Liverpool City Region Business Post. Michelle advised international companies Bilfinger Berger, FCC Construction, Macquarie Capital Bank, John Laing, Kier and Interserve on economic regeneration whilst supporting the delivery of the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Mersey Gateway bridge bids. She went on to lead the Mersey Gateway business stakeholder engagement working for international contractor Emovis, the Merseyflow tolling operator.

Stuart Whittle

Stuart been a partner at Weightmans since 2002. Since 2005 he has been responsible for Weightmans’ IT department and in 2010 was promoted to IS and Operations Director and member of Weightmans’ Board. In 2017 he was appointed Business Services Director with responsibility for Facilities, People and Knowhow, Business Change, Information Management and Technology, Innovation and Risk and Compliance. Stuart chair’s the firm’s Operational Board which is responsible for the day to day running of the firm.  Recently he has also been charged with running Weightmans’ Innovation function. He has a Masters in Information Technology, is a Director of the Legal IT Innovators Group and also chairs the UK MatterSphere User Group.


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Non-member £180
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