LSLA

London Solicitors Litigation Association

April 2010

London Solicitors Litigation Association

Welcome to the LSLA newsletter.  This month we report on the Association’s past and future activities and some issues which might affect you.

LSLA News

Spring Lecture Series

Our Spring Lecture series is now underway.

On 12 April 2010 Khawar Qureshi QC presented the opening lecture about “Recent Developments in Judicial Review”.  In an informative talk, Mr Qureshi gave a general overview of recent developments in what is a growth area of litigation.  A copy of the notes Mr Qureshi handed out to attendees is available on our website and can been seen by clicking here.

The other lectures which are due to take place are:

  • 10 May 2010 “The Illegality Defence: Use and Abuse” by Craig Orr QC;
  • 20 May 2010 “Forum Battles” by Stephen Phillips QC; and
  • 25 May 2010 “Funding Litigation in the post-Jackson Era” by Jeremy Morgan QC.

Click here for copy of the application form and details of the lectures.

All lectures are CPD accredited and attendance is not limited to LSLA members; anyone can apply for tickets. The cost is £20 per event or £70 for all four (non-members £25 or £90). All lectures will be held at The Auditorium at Lovells LLP, Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG and start at 6 p.m.

Second Visit to the Supreme Court

Last year members of the LSLA visited the Supreme Court for an informative talk by Louise Di Mambro (Registrar of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Acting Registrar of the Privy Council) about the role of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. This was followed by a short tour of the Court.

The event was so well received that we have decided to repeat it. A date has yet to be fixed, but as numbers are limited to 50, please watch out for our next announcement.

Committee Members - Vacancy

The Committee strives to reflect the broad practices of the LSLA’s membership.

There is currently a vacancy on the committee for another member and having considered the matter carefully, the Committee would welcome applications from practitioners specializing in the filed of personal injury, clinical negligence or defamation. If you are interested please send you CV to Gavin Foggo, our Hon. Secretary at gfoggo@foxwilliams.com.

Solicitors Journal and New Law Journal - Discounted Offers

As reported in earlier editions, although the administrative details are still to be finalised, we are in the process of agreeing a discount of 20% to LSLA members for their subscriptions to the Solicitors Journal and New Law Journal.  We shall let you know when this has been agreed so that you can take advantage of the discount.

Renewal of Membership

Renewal forms should have been sent to you to renew your membership. If you have not received your renewal form or if any members of your firm would like to join the LSLA for the first time please contact Julian Copeman at julian.copeman@herbertsmith.com.

Legal News

ILEX Professional Standards Ltd (“IPS”) – Proposal to seek Rights to Conduct Litigation for ILEX Members and Rights of Audience for Independent Litigator Practitioners

Last month we reported on the consultation paper published by IPS which is available at http://www.ilex.org.uk/about_ilex/consultation/consultation_0610.aspx.

ILEX/IPS is making an application under the Legal Services Act 2007, in effect, to allow its members to practise independently as litigators, subject to the safeguards set out about experience, qualification and training, client accounts, annual accounts reports, insurance, complaints procedures etc.

The LSLA prepared a response to the consultation paper which can be seen by clicking here.

Unified Courts and Tribunals Service

Last month Jack Straw announced that the Ministry of Justice intends to unify Her Majesty’s Courts Service and the Tribunal Service into a new single organisation. Consultation on how the proposal can be put into effect is planned and we shall let you know of developments.

EDisclosure

The Civil Procedure Rules Committee has released the draft Practice Direction 31B (“the PD”) and accompanying questionnaire addressing issues surrounding edisclosure. For those of you who have licenses it can be seen on PLC's website. A summary of the changes is as follows:

  • The PD only applies to proceedings issued after 1 June 2010 and is likely to only apply to those which are allocated to the multi-track;
  • Parties must answer the Questionnaire attached to the PD when the Court direct or if all the parties agree, exchange the Questionnaire and the Court is likely to order that it be filed at Court;
  • The Questionnaire must be supported by a statement of truth;
  • The parties must discuss edisclosure and the scope of the reasonable search (which should take into consideration the overriding objectives including proportionality); and
  • The person signing the disclosure statement should attend the CMC at which disclosure is likely to be considered.

The Committee's minutes have not yet been published so we do not know the context of the discussions surrounding the proposal.

Recent Press

The LSLA has attracted some press over the past month including: