London Solicitors Litigation Association

April 2017

Dear Member, 

Welcome to April’s LSLA newsletter which contains information about some of our future events and reports on some of our recent activities.  We are also pleased to announce our Spring/Summer lecture series which starts next month.


Spring/Summer Lecture Series

We are delighted to announce the details of the next series of LSLA lectures.

  • Wednesday 10 May 2017 at Herbert Smith Freehills - “Instructing Experts – the do’s and don’ts”  

    A panel comprised of Matthew Marsh (Chief Master of the Chancery Division), Camilla Bingham QC (One Essex Court), Roger Franklin (Edwin Coe LLP), Nick Andrew (Grant Thornton), and Nikki Edwards (Temple Bright) as Chair will provide some practical and legal guidance on how to instruct experts, drawing upon the collective expertise and differing perspectives of members of the Bar, judiciary, solicitors and experts.
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 at Slaughter and May - “Paranoia on the Clapham Omnibus: Recent Developments in the Law of Apparent Bias and Conflicts of Interest”

    Toby Landau QC (Essex Court Chambers) will analyse and critique recent developments in the law of apparent bias and conflicts of interest in the fields of litigation, commercial and investor-state arbitration, and public international law. 
  • Thursday 15 June 2017 at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP - “Under Siege – an Update on Legal Professional Privilege”

    Colin Passmore (Senior Partner of Simmons & Simmons LLP and author of leading textbook “Privilege”) will address recent developments and the increasing attacks on legal professional privilege.  Colin’s talk will include a commentary on the RBS case, and the increasingly aggressive approach being taken by some regulators.
  • Wednesday 12 July 2017 at Slaughter and May - “Freezing Orders: Practical guidance on obtaining, resisting, policing and enforcing them"

    Nathan Pillow QC (Essex Court Chambers) will focus on practical issues concerning ex parte application, policing the respondent's compliance, making a discharge application, and seeking committal to prison for breach.

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members.  An application for tickets will shortly be sent to you along with details of how to book via our website.  The cost is £20 per event or £70 for all four (non-members £25 or £90). Our lectures are usually sold out, so please apply early. 

The lectures on 10 May 2017 and 15 June 2017 will be held in the Auditorium at Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose St, London EC2A 2EG.  Those on 24 May 2017 and 12 July will be held at Slaughter and May, One Bunhill Row, EC1Y 8YY.  

The events 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.  The attached flyer has further details.

JLSLA/Brick Court Chambers Poker Evening – 27 April 2017

The JLSLA will once again be hosting the JLSLA and Brick Court Chambers Poker Evening, in conjunction with Herbert Smith Freehills.  The event will take place on 27 April 2017 and tickets are selling fast.  The attached flyer has further details. 

Annual Dinner – 23 November 2017

Our Annual Dinner shall be held on 23 November 2017.  Details will be circulated in due course but in the meantime, please make a diary note of the date.


AGM and Dinner


Long-standing committee member Nick Gray of Slaughter & May and Benjamin Roe of Baker & MacKenzie have resigned from the committee.  We thank them both for their contribution, particularly Nick who has been instrumental in arranging our lecture series for many years. 

The remaining members of the committee were re-elected and we plan to co-opt further members at our next committee meeting. 

We also take this opportunity to thank Hugh Elder of Gordon Dadd for his work for the association as he steps down as one of our auditors and to thank past-President Seamus-Smyth of Carter Lemon for taking his place. 


Our sell-out Dinner took place on 3 April 2017 at the offices of Herbert Smith Freehills.  

Sir Bernard Eder engaged those present with his passionate speech and lived up to his reputation for wit and frankness. The Chatham House Rule applies so we may say no more!

Lectures and Seminars

We have recently held several interesting educational events. 

  • Autumn / Winter Lecture Series

    “Economic Crime – Making the Company Pay
    Richard Lissack QC (Fountain Court Chambers) delivered a fascinating talk exploring the current drive to make corporate liability in financial crime easier to prove.
  • Junior LSLA Spring Seminar

    “Start at the Beginning – How to Frame your Claim”
    Francesca Kaye (Russell-Cooke LLP), Emma Hargreaves (Serle Court), and Leigh Callaway (Fladgate LLP) delivered a well-received panel discussion regarding the legal, commercial, and strategic steps to consider when investigating and constructing a claim, and provided our junior members with their top-tips and highlighted common pitfalls to avoid. 
  • LSLA / JUSTICE Panel Debate – 20 March 2017
    The LSLA and JUSTICE hosted a panel debate chaired by Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, with closing remarks from the Right Honourable Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (President of the Supreme Court), to consider diversity in the senior judiciary and in the Courts of England and Wales. The event subsequently featured in several articles about diversity to which we refer below. 


The LSLA has recently received the following press coverage: 

  • 31 January 2017, Solicitors Journal, The Times, and the Scottish Herald, featured comments by Ed Crosse in respect of the Supreme Court’s Article 50 ruling. 
  • January/February, Costs Lawyer “2017 Costs Law Predictions” featured comment by Richard Foss. 
  • 22 March The Times, The Brief reported on the same event in its article, “Judicial college ‘would make top bench more diverse’” and on 22 March in another article about “bench blockers” 


The JLSLA is delighted to confirm that Jonathan Fozard (Carter Lemon Camerons) and Natalie Osafo (Slaughter and May) have been elected to the JLSLA Committee. Jonathan and Natalie will join the existing committee, which comprises Leigh Callaway (President, Fladgate), Emily Detheridge (Vice-President, Which?), Nii Anteson (Simmons & Simmons), Elaina Bailes (Stewarts Law), Sarah Long (JP Morgan), Richard Byam-Cook (Macfarlanes), Mary Young (Kingsley Napley). 

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, Leigh Callaway at

The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at


The LSLA is delighted to announce that the Association now has over 2,300 members, including 939 members of the JLSLA and 31 corporate member firms.  

Corporate membership can offer a real saving 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 if you would like further information or to take out corporate membership.

Otherwise, you can join the LSLA by visiting our website at  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.

Members are also welcome to join the LSLA LinkedIn group



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. 



Our website at 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.


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.