Welcome to this month’s LSLA newsletter informing you of our future events and reporting on some of our recent activities.
LSLA AGM and Dinner
The LSLA AGM and Dinner took place on 16 March 2016. A fascinating discussion with Mr Justice Birss regarding the Shorter Trial’s scheme ensured that the sold out event was a huge success.
Ed Crosse (Simmons & Simmons) was elected a President of the LSLA, in place of John Bramhall (DAC Beachcroft) who is stepping down after a thoroughly successful two years as President. We thank John for his past and ongoing service to the LSLA, and his tireless efforts in promoting the Association.
Ed’s election has since featured in both The Brief (The Times daily e-newsletter) and in the New Law Journal.
Further details of the members of the LSLA Committee following the AGM can be found on our website.
JLSLA Seminar – 8 February 2016
Entitled “Legal Professional Privilege – Are you up to Speed?” the first JLSLA seminar of 2016 took place on 8 February 2016.
The event attracted huge numbers, and was sold out. Speakers Colin Passmore (Simmons & Simmons), Adam Sher (Fountain Court Chambers), and Tim Blanchard (Slaughter and May) provided an insightful and practical update of recent developments and common problem areas in the law of privilege.
LSLA Spring / Summer Lecture Series 2016
Courts and Litigation in 2016 and Beyond
After the upheaval of the Jackson reforms in 2013, civil litigators might have been forgiven for thinking that there would be a period without further substantial changes, while things bedded down. However, with several pilot schemes of new procedures currently underway and wide-ranging proposals for further changes arising from the Interim Briggs Report, there seems to be no let-up in the pace of change.
The Honourable Mr Justice Birss and Ed Crosse, President of the LSLA, will be presenting on recent developments affecting the Rolls Building Courts on 17 May as part of the LSLA’s Spring/Summer Lecture Series.
The event will be held in the Auditorium at Simmons & Simmons, CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS. An application form for tickets will be circulated shortly.
Details of further lectures from our spring/summer series will be released in the near future.
Attendance at our events is not limited to LSLA members. Anyone can apply for tickets via the website or using the attached form and the lectures count for CPD purposes (the CPD reference will be on the confirmatory email sent a few days before the lecture). The cost is £20 per event. Our lectures are often sold out, so please apply early for tickets.
Lectures begin at 6.00pm, will last approximately one hour (to include a period for questions at the end) and, as ever, will be followed by drinks with the speaker.
After huge success last year, the Junior LSLA is delighted to announce the Junior LSLA and Brick Court Chambers’ Poker Evening, taking place on Tuesday, 19 April 2016.
Kindly hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, JLSLA members are invited to battle their peers in a Texas Hold'em Poker competition run by professional croupiers. The event is suitable for all levels from beginners to Vegas regulars. Further details are set out in the attached flyer.
Places are limited to 5 per firm so apply early to avoid disappointment.
Please apply for tickets on-line at www.lsla.co.uk/events/. Alternatively, please complete the attached form and return it to the address indicated.
Shorter Trial’s Scheme
The first reported decision on the Shorter Trial’s scheme has now been handed down. The decision confirms that the Court has the power to transfer cases into the scheme and sets out the criteria for doing so. It also contains some useful commentary and guidance on how the Shorter Trials Scheme should operate in practice.
Consultation - Interim Report on the Structure of the Civil Courts
On 12 January 2016, Lord Justice Briggs published his Interim Report on the structure of the Civil Courts. The report addresses a number of areas, but those which are particularly relevant to LSLA members include the following:
- A proposal to create and On Line court for claims up to £25,000 for litigants in person.
- Transfer some of judges’ more routine and non-contentious work to Case Officers supervised by judges.
- Whether the number of courts and divisions should be reduced to create a unified Civil Court.
- Proposals relating to appeal rights and routes of appeal – in particular, whether we should remove or abrogate the automatic right to an oral permission hearing.
- Proposals for a centralisation of enforcement under a unified service.
The LSLA has submitted a response to the consultation on behalf of our members. A copy of that response may seen on our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/node/452.
The LSLA’s response has also been picked up by the press with references to it being made in CDR on 23 and 29 March.
The LSLA is delighted to announce that the Association now has over 2000 members, including 751 members of the Junior LSLA and 20 corporate member firms.
Online Payments for LSLA Events
When making payments for membership and our events we would kindly request that you quote the correct data to identify the matter to which the payment relates. Incorrect identification often occurs where a firm’s accounts team makes a payment to the LSLA as an existing payee, using old order data rather than updating the payment instruction to include the new order number.
Updating payment data to correctly reference the event to which a payment relates would significantly ease the LSLA’s administrative burden. Thank you for your continued support and assistance.
OFFERS TO MEMBERS
Case Management and New Litigation Technologies Conference
IBC Legal Conferences are holding an event on 15 April 2016 designed to provide an update on changes in the courts – including new technologies, pilot schemes and pro-active case management.
- His Honour Judge John Tanzer, Royal Courts of Justice.
- Sir Henry Brooke, Fountain Court Chambers.
- District Judge Ian Besford , Hull County Court.
Details can be found here. LSLA members are offered 20% saving to attend – quote VIP code: FKW82635LSLE.
The LSLA has received the following press coverage in February and March 2016:
- 17 March, Solicitors Journal, ”City Partner and High Court Judge Encourage Lawyers to use Shorter and Flexible Trial Scheme” included comments from Ed Crosse (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/news/commercial/company/25890/city-part...)
- 15 March, Solicitors Journal Civil, “Better Late than Never; Late payment of damages” by Roger Franklin (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/crime/procedure/25866/better-late-never-late-payment-damages)
- 1 March, Legal Futures’ article entitled “Solicitors call for Online Court to have Lower £10,000 limit” featured comments from Ed Crosse (see http://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/solicitors-call-for-online-cou...).
- 22 February, Law Society Gazette’s article “Competition: Raising the Ante” contained comments from David Greene (see http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/analysis/features/competition-raising-the-an...)
- 19 February, New Law Journal, “Tip of the Iceberg” by Patrick Wheeler and Alex Cochrane (see http://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/nlj/content/tip-iceberg-0).
- 16 February, Solicitors Journal Civil Conduct, “Respecting the Language of the Contract” by Richard Foss and Ben Hillman (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/commercial/company/25519/respecting-lan...).
- 9 February, Solicitors Journal, “Our Archaic Court Won't Compete Forever” by Ed Crosse (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/comment/our-archaic-courts-won%E2%80%99...).
- 4 February, The Times’ article “Will fixed costs hinder access to justice?” quoted John Bramhall, LSLA President.
- 2 February, Solicitors Journal Young Lawyer article “Loosing Fundamental Principles of the Law: Court Fee Hike” by Leigh Callaway (JLSLA) (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/comment/losing-fundamental-principles-l...).
Our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/ 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 website will prove a source of information for members. Please let us know if you have any comments on it.
You can join the LSLA by visiting our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/. If you are 8 years PQE or less you will automatically become a member of the JLSLA if you input your year of admission when completing your online membership application.
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 Chris Bushell at email@example.com if you would like to take out corporate membership.
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.
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, Celina McGregor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.