Legalex Post Show Report

Legalex made its highly anticipated return to ExCeL London on the 28th & 29th of March, where it received record-breaking numbers of visitors and further established itself as Europe’s most influential legal event. 

The first day saw an unprecedented rush of eager delegates, as representatives from Europe’s most ambitious and progressive law firms and legal businesses flocked to ExCeL London to get the first glimpse of everything Legalex 2017 had to offer – and boy! They were not disappointed.

Close to 150 of the world’s most innovative legal suppliers were represented on the new-look floorplan, with every conceivable modern legal business product and service offered by an assortment of competitive expert exhibitors. 

Multi-award-winning legal business commentator Miranda Brawn was first up in the Keynote Theatre, with headline speakers such as the legal software expert Osman Ismail and the Link App’s Lauren Riley following as the exciting schedule of more than 120 inspiring, informative, and educational seminars got into full swing. 

Interactive masterclasses led by expert representatives from Microsoft Office 365, LEAP, Perfect Portal, and InfoTrack were another feature of the frenetic show, with the first day of workshop seats entirely booked up before the doors even opened!

Day one also saw the judging for the first of the Legalex Innovation Awards. Panels of expert judges were guided around the exhibition hall, getting exclusive insight into some of the sectors most innovative products, services and suppliers. Among the esteemed judges included representatives from Microsoft, Taylor Wessing, Wesleyan, Olswang, Kennedys, Herbert Smith Freehills, and more.

The Marketing Innovation Award was up first, with Tonic Works’ communication ‘bot’ taking the coveted prize. The afternoon saw the Practice Efficiency Award and the Advanced Performance Technology Award being contested. DPS Software took home the Practice Efficiency Award, while InfoTrack walked away with the Advanced Performance Technology Award.

Day two started as the first, with a 10am surge of visitors eagerly waiting to continue where they left off the afternoon before. Part of the early morning surge of activity was attributed to the conclusion of the exciting schedule of seminars. 

The second day featured headline speakers such as Digital Law UK’s Peter Wright, Mike Westcott-Rudd from the Land Registry, and the first lady of robot law, Chrissie Lightfoot, who left all in the packed auditorium having to rethink the way their firm is run.

The judging for the final Legalex Innovation Award, the Firm Security Award, took place in the morning. Digital Pathways were the exhibitor that impressed the judges the most, pipping Darktrace, Hedgehog Security and Key Computers to the post.

And then, as quickly as it arrived, the doors at Legalex 2017 swung shut to mark the close of the largest, most influential, and record breaking edition of the exhibition in its history.

Legalex Event Director Eddy Lawrance was delighted by the event’s overwhelming success. He said: “The response from the visitors was fantastic! The number of attendees recorded across the two days exceeded our high expectations and really sets a precedent for Legalex events in the future. 

I personally would like to thank everyone that made this event so memorable. The Legalex team and I cannot wait to get started on Legalex 2018 and welcome you to the new Legal Cyber Security Expo running alongside it on the 21st and 22nd of March 2018. We sincerely hope that you can help us recreate the biggest, most exciting and most influential legal exhibition in UK law.”