London Solicitors Litigation Association

April 2012

London Solicitors Litigation Association

Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter in which we bring you details of some of our most recent and forthcoming activities.

As this is our 60th Anniversary, we have planned some exciting events.  Find out more about these below.


60th Anniversary Events

Anniversary Debate – 9 May 2012 - Now FREE to members of the JLSLA

In a debate entitled “Presidents’ Perspectives: Is progress change for the better or do we need to guard against our future?”,  Past Presidents and the President of the JLSLA will reflect on how practice as a litigator has evolved over time and the challenges the next sixty years might hold. We plan an interactive debate with members followed by drinks for what should be an informative and fun evening.

You should have already received a booking form for the event to be held at 6:30pm at the offices of Clifford Chance LLP.  In case you have not, a further copy is attached.  Members of the JLSLA should complete the form with their year of admission.

As with our Spring lecture Series the debate counts for CPD purposes.

60th Anniversary Summer Party - 26 June 2012

You are all invited to celebrate our anniversary at the Lido Terrace on the Serpentine in Hyde Park.  Members may bring non-member guests and there is no limit to the number of tickets available for each member, so you can invite clients, contacts and other guests.

It is an informal evening for members of the LSLA and their guests with a Jazz Band and Barbeque. 

A copy of the invitation is attached.

Autumn Debate

We are also planning a debate in the Autumn.  Several eminent speakers are being considered.  We shall provide you with further details when these are available.

Spring Lecture Series

The Spring Lecture Series has now been finalised.  The lectures are:

  • 14 May 2012, “Hacking, blagging and bribing: information gathering and the public interest” by Hugh Tomlinson QC;
  • 21 May 2012, “The Courts’ involvement in the regulation of financial markets” by Timothy Dutton QC and James McClelland;
  • 29 May 2012, “Closing out equity options: The recent Commercial Court decision in Euroption v SEB” by Daniel Toledano QC; and
  • 19 June 2012, “What are Wrotham Park damages, and why?” by Anthony de Garr Robinson QC

Further information on the lectures and a brief synopsis of the topics they will cover was circulated with the application form for tickets.  Attached are further copies.

The lectures on 14 and 21 May 2012 will be held at the Auditorium at Herbert Smith LLP, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2HS.  Those on 29 May and 19 June will be held at the Auditorium at Hogan Lovells LLP, Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG.

Past lectures have sold out quickly so please apply for tickets as soon as you can.

Joint Lecture with the LCLCBA – 4 July 2012

With the LCLCBA we have arranged a lecture to take place on 4 July 2012 at which the Hon Mr Justice Foskett shall be speaking on Part 36.  He is the editor of the leading text on compromise: Sir David Foskett, “The Law and Practice of Compromise”.

Further details will be circulated in due course.

Co-option of Members onto the LSLA Committee

Following the election of the officers and members of the Committee at the AGM last month, the Committee co-opted the following members this month:

  • Colin Gibson of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP;
  • Andrew Parker of DAC Beachcroft LLP;  
  • Marc Thorley of Simmons & Simmons; and
  • James Maton of Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP.

Volunteers wanted to assist on the LSLA Subcommittees

There are several newly established sub-committees of the LSLA including:

  • Events (social/dinners and education/lectures);
  • Communications (social media, website, newsletter, publications and PR consultants);
  • Law & Consultations; and
  • Bar Liaison, Court User Groups and other groups. 

Each subcommittee shall ideally be comprised of members of the LSLA Committee and other members of the LSLA.  If you are interested in becoming involved with one of our subcommittees, please contact Alex Luke on

List of Supervising Solicitors

As you might know the White Book refers to the LSLA maintaining details of individuals who may be able to act as supervising solicitors for the execution of Search Orders.  Our list continues to grow and is updated quarterly.  We invite those suitably qualified to provide us with their details, including relevant experience, for inclusion on the list.  Please send your details to Alex Luke at

LSLA on Twitter

Our user name is LSLA1.   Please do follow us, as we are tweeting information about LSLA's events and lectures, submissions to consultations, and news of interest to litigators.  Please also encourage colleagues, friends and firms to do the same.

“Shareholder Claims” by David Greene – Offer to members

One of our former Presidents and current Committee Member, David Greene, has written a book entitled “Shareholder Claims”.  Click on to see a copy of the leaflet explaining the matters covered in it.

Jordan Publishing is offering LSLA members a 10% discount on the book.  To claim this discount, you must enter the promotion code 'S502X' at the checkout stage of an online order. Alternatively you can order the book by telephone by calling 0117 918 1492. Jordan has also said that it would be happy to discuss a further discount on bulk orders. If you would like more information on this, please call their sales team on 0117 918 1555.

The Junior LSLA

Wine Tasting Evening - 3 May 2012

The JLSLA and Junior COMBAR are holding a wine tasting evening on 3 May at the offices of Eversheds LLP, 1 Wood Street, London EC2V 7WS.  The wine tasting will focus on comparing classic French wines with up-and-coming challengers from around the world and will provide an excellent opportunity for junior members to meet each other and junior members of the Commercial Bar. 

A copy of the application form for tickets is attached.  Ticket numbers are limited (in particular to 5 members per firm) so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Lecture – 13 June 2012

The next JLSLA lecture is planned for 13 June 2012 and will be held at the offices of Slaughter and May LLP. As always, the lecture will be aimed at practitioners with 8 years’ PQE or less and will form part of the “How To” series. The topic for this lecture will be “hot tubbing” or the giving of concurrent expert evidence in Court.  An application form for tickets will be distributed in May.


If you are interested in joining the JLSLA or being the JLSLA Champion for your firm, please contact the JLSLA President, Nikki Edwards, at

Legal News

Law Society Note - Litigants in Person

The Law Society recently circulated its new practice note on dealing with litigants in person, which contains advice on how we, as solicitors, can manage our duties to the Court and our client when dealing with litigants in person.  A copy of the note can be viewed on-line at

Recent Press

Over the past month Committee Members of the LSLA have appeared in and written articles for several publications including:

  • 7 March, Commercial Dispute Resolution (Online), LSLA elects first woman president (copy attached);