Professor Richard Susskind OBE has been revealed as keynote speaker at the Shoosmiths-hosted World Services Group 10th Annual Conference, in London.
A trained lawyer, Prof Susskind will speak on The future of professional services at The Langham Hotel on day one proper of the conference, Thursday 6 September.
A panel of delegates comprising World Services Group (WSG) members and General Counsel clients of Shoosmiths will then discuss issues raised by Prof Susskind, who is IT adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England, president of the Society for Computers and Law, and chairman of the Advisory Board at the Oxford Internet Institute.
He also holds professorships at Oxford University, UCL, Strathclyde University, and Gresham College.
Prof Susskind is a regular columnist in The Times, and the author of numerous books on law and technology, including The End of Lawyers? and The Future of Law. His work has been translated into 10 languages, and he has been invited to speak in more than 40 countries.
He advises some of world's largest law firms and corporate legal departments, as well as national governments. In 2000, he was awarded an OBE for his work on IT in the administration of justice.
Delegates from law firms around the world will descend on London for the WSG conference, which is being staged by national law firm Shoosmiths, the only WSG member for England and Wales.
Gary Assim, the partner coordinating the event, said: "We're delighted to have secured Professor Susskind as our keynote speaker. Not only is he highly regarded in UK legal circles, but his work is well known in other countries, and I'm sure delegates will be fascinated by what he has to say."
WSG is a global membership network whose 150 member firms are among the top providers of professional business services. Members operate in more than 117 countries and throughout the United States. Its aim is to 'maximise business opportunities through cooperation and knowledge exchange'.
There are member firms in: Africa, Caribbean, Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, Central America, Middle East, and South America.
The conference runs from 5-7 September.