Law Society of Northern Ireland Centenary Conference 2022 Shaping our Future Together

Friday 23 September 2022, 9:00am
Hilton Belfast, Belfast, BT1 3LP
Registration for this event is closed

The Law Society of Northern Ireland will be celebrating its centenary with a flagship conference on ‘Shaping our Future Together’ which will be held in the heart of Belfast's legal quarter on Friday 23rd September 2022. 

The special Centenary Conference aims to provide attendees with thought leadership and discussion on key issues that will impact the profession in the next 100 years, including:

  •  - The Future of the Profession & Law Tech
  •  - Climate Justice
  •  - Health & Wellbeing 
  •  - Media & The Law

Delegates are invited from the Society’s membership alongside those from the legal/professional services sector across public, private and voluntary sectors in Northern Ireland. 

The conference will provide hrs of CPD General Study for Solicitors and is priced at £100 + VAT per person to include full conference hospitality. 

BOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW CLOSED - we are currently operating a waiting list, should you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email 



Event Registration

+ £20.00 VAT Per person

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors for their generous contribution to this event
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Gold Sponsors
Associate Sponsors 

Our sponsors will have stands at the event, please stop by their stands during refreshment breaks in the conference foyers. 


  • 08:45 - 09:30

    Registration & Refreshments

    Delegates can enjoy arrival refreshments and pastries in the Lagan Suite Mezzanine.

    09:30 - 09:35


    Sarah Travers
    Conference Host

    09:35 - 09:40

    President's Address

    Brigid Napier
    President, The Law Society of Northern Ireland

    09:40 - 09:50

    Welcome Address

    The Right Honourable Dame Siobhan Keegan
    Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

    09:50 - 10:10

    The Law Society of Northern Ireland - Challenges and Opportunities

    David A. Lavery CB
    Chief Executive, Law Society of Northern Ireland

    10:10 - 10:50

    Keynote: The Future of the Profession & LawTech

    Professor Richard Susskind OBE will discuss 

    - How to think about the future
    - The evolution of professional service
    - The three drivers of change
    - Increasingly capable technologies
    - The impact of artificial intelligence
    - Legal jobs for the 20s

      10:50 - 11:15


      with Professor Richard Susskind and David A. Lavery CB

      11:15 - 11:45

      Coffee & Networking

      Lagan Suite Mezzanine

      11:45 - 11:50

      Session 2 Overview - Climate Justice

      11:50 - 12:00

      Special Address: Climate Justice

      Mary Robinson
      Former Irish President, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Climate Justice Activist

      12:00 - 12:25

      Keynote: Building a Fair and Sustainable Future for all

      Tara Shine
      Environmental Scientist & Co-CEO, Change by Degrees 

      12:25 - 13:00

      Q&A and Floor Discussion

      with Tara Shine and members of Law Society of Northern Ireland Climate Justice Group

      Rowan White, Senior VP and Chair of Climate Justice Group, Law Society of NI 
      Laura Neal, Friends of the Earth, Legal Adviser in Northern Ireland 

      13:00 - 14:00

      Networking Buffet Lunch

      14:00 - 14:05

      Session 3 Overview - Health & Wellbeing

      14:05 - 14:45

      Keynote: In Conversation with Fergal Keane

      Fergal Keane
      Award-Winning Journalist and Author and former BBC Correspondent

      14:45 - 15:00

      Comfort Break

      15:00 - 15:15

      Session 4 Overview - Media & The Law

      Session Chair: Paul Tweed

      15:15 - 16:15

      Panel: Are social media companies entitled to be treated differently from the mainstream media?

      Panel Discussion with 

      Miriam O'Callaghan, RTE Presenter & Broadcaster
      Stephen Nolan, BBC Presenter & Broadcaster 
      Louis Walsh
      , Irish Music Producer & Pop Impresario 
      Graham Ogilvy
      , Publisher of Irish Legal News

      16:15 - 16:30

      Closing Remarks & Reflections

      16:30 - 18:30

      Post Conference Cocktail Reception

      Taking place in the No4 Cocktail Lounge at Hilton Belfast


    Contact us

    The Law Society of Northern Ireland have engaged Morrow Communications to assist the planning and delivery of the Centenary Conference. Invoices for tickets will be issued by and payments should be made directly to Morrow Communications.  


    Jane Watson, Events Director 

    Tel: 028 90 393837 

    Hilton Belfast

    4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP

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