LSLA

London Solicitors Litigation Association

April 2014

Dear Member

Welcome to this month’s newsletter which contains details of some of our future events and reports on those which have happened recently.  

LSLA/NLJ Survey

Thank you to everyone who took part in our survey, the results of which were published earlier this month.  You can find full details at http://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/nlj/content/litigation-trends-survey-jackson-year.  Some of the more interesting results were:

  • 51% of respondents had stopped or restricted their use of CFAs; 
  • 74% thought that costs budgeting will increase the costs of litigation;
  • 65% thought costs budgeting had helped them to assess potential adverse costs; and
  • 93% did not think that the Jackson reforms will increase access to justice.

Our survey attracted a considerable amount of publicity and also prompted a response from Lord Justice Jackson in The Times on 10 April 2014 (see http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/article4058691.ece).  


FUTURE EVENTS

JLSLA/Junior COMBAR Quiz Night – 6 May 2014

The JLSLA is holding a quiz evening with junior members of COMBAR to encourage interaction between junior litigators and barristers.  

Food and Drinks will be provided.  The event will take place at RPC, Tower Bridge House, St Katherine’s Way, London E1W 1AA.  It will start at 6:30pm with the quiz to begin at 7pm and last approximately 1 hour.

Tickets costs £10 for members and £15 for non-members.  Places for the event are limited, so if you are interested please apply promptly and we are sorry that we therefore cannot offer more than five places per firm. 

A copy of the flyer with further information and an application form for tickets is attached or you can find further details on our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/junior

Spring Lecture Series

We recently announced our Spring Lecture Series.  Tickets are still available but sell fast so if you are interested in attending we suggest you apply promptly. 

The lectures are:

  • 13 May 2014 

“The Defamation Act 2013 – sea change, or incremental reforms?” and “‘Beyond defamation, striking the balance: Articles 8 and 10” by James Price QC and Adrienne Page QC of 5RB.

  • 28 May 2014

“Mitchell: The fear factor and how to deal with it” by Alexander Hutton QC of Hailsham Chambers.

  • 17 June 2014

“Tricks of the trade” from Michael Beloff QC of Blackstone Chambers.

  • 30 June 2014

“Fighting the FCA: Developments in regulatory litigation” by Javan Herberg QC of Blackstone Chambers.

A copy of the flyer with further details of the lectures and an application form for tickets is attached.  You can also book tickets on our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/events/programme.

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members.  Anyone can apply for tickets and the lectures count for CPD purposes. The cost is £20 per event or £70 for all four (non-members £25 or £90). 

The lectures on 13 May and 30 June 2014 will be held at the Auditorium at Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG. 

The lectures on 28 May and 17 June will be held at the Auditorium at Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2HS. 

The lectures start at 6.00pm and will last approximately one hour, to include a period for questions at the end, and will be followed by drinks.

Summer Party – 4 June 2014

Our summer party will take place on 4 June 2014 at Sky Bar, Grange St Paul’s Hotel, 10 Godliman Street, London EC4V 2ADD.  

Our previous summer parties have been a great success.  This year’s party offers members the opportunity to meet each other and members of COMBAR to discuss current issues and to enjoy themselves against the background of stunning views of the City.  There will also be a two course buffet.

Tickets cost £40 for LSLA members and their guests and £35 for JLSLA members.

An application form for tickets is attached.  We are strictly limited on numbers so please apply early to ensure you get a ticket.

Annual Dinner – 26 November 2014

Our Annual Dinner will be held on 26 November 2014.  We shall circulate details in due course, but in the meantime, please reserve the date.


UPDATED BAR CONTRACT

Following regulatory changes, solicitors are increasingly being asked to enter into formal contracts with barristers.  The City of London Law Society and Commercial Bar Association negotiated specimen terms designed to assist in commercial cases.  Those terms have now been updated to build on practical experience, clarify the effect of certain terms, and reflect additional regulatory changes.  A copy of the revised version can be found on the CLLS website at http://www.citysolicitors.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=159&Itemid=471.


LSLA – RECENT PRESS 

Since our last newsletter, committee members of the LSLA and JLSLA have written various articles for national publications including: 

  • April 2014, Litigation Futures reported on the roundtable discussion in which David Greene took part featuring judges from across the country discussing their experiences of costs management to date;
  • 3 April 2014, The Times online, included comments from Francesca Kaye on the verdict on Jackson one year on;
  • 7 April 2014, CDR online reported on the our joint survey with the NLJ;
  • 10 April 2014, The Times featured an article by Lord Justice Jackson entitled “A poll of lawyers is not the best way to judge my civil justice reforms” responding to the results of the LSLA/NLJ survey (see http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/article4058691.ece); 
  • 10 April 2014, The Times Online contained a further article entitled “Jackson will add to cost and delay, says leading PI lawyer”  which again referred to the results of the LSLA/NLJ survey
  • 11 April 2014, New Law Journal featured details of the lecture on 13 May by James Price QC and Adrienne Page QC; 

LSLA WEBSITE

Our new website is now up and running.  Please do visit it at http://www.lsla.co.uk/

The website includes: details of our forthcoming events, copies of the responses we have filed to recent consultations, recent articles and press citing members of the association, and past editions of the newsletter.

You can also join the LSLA via our website as well as sign up for future events on it.

We hope that our new website will prove a source of information for members.  Please let us know if you have any comments on it. 

Now that the website has been launched we are working on providing feeds to our LinkedIn and Twitter addresses.


LSLA MEMBERSHIP

The form for any new members who wish to join is attached.  If you are 8 years PQE or less you will automatically become a member of the JLSLA if you complete the section of the application form identifying your year of admission. 

The LSLA also offers corporate membership to firms.  Essentially, for £500 a firm with corporate membership can register an unlimited number of litigation solicitors working for it in London as members.  Please contact Julian Copeman at julian.copeman@hsf.com if you would like to take out corporate membership. 

You can also join the LSLA by visiting our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/.


LIST OF SUPERVISING SOLICITORS

The White Book refers to the LSLA maintaining details of individuals who might 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.  

The Junior LSLA 

The JLSLA provides: 

  • seminars designed to offer practical tips on procedural and substantive legal issues commonly faced by junior civil litigators in an interactive and relaxed atmosphere; 
  • networking events for members to meet and form contacts in their peer group; and
  • e-news on recent and future activity and key developments with the aim of ensuring that the junior perspective is reflected in the LSLA's responses to consultation papers.  

The JLSLA is aimed at solicitors of 8 years PQE and less.  Members of the LSLA will automatically become members of the JLSLA if they qualify by year of admission and complete the relevant section of the membership form (copy attached).   The JSLA also has firm Champions, who act as the point of contact between the JLSLA committee and their firm.

If you are interested in joining the JLSLA or being the JLSLA Champion for your firm, please contact the JLSLA President, Caroline Field, at cfield@foxlawyers.com

The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Junior-London-Solicitors-Litigation-Association-4438638/about?trk=anet_ug_grppro.