London Solicitors Litigation Association

February 2011

London Solicitors Litigation Association
Welcome to this month’s newsletter.
Please read on for some information on our most recent and future activities and legal issues which might affect you.
AGM and Dinner - 15 March 2011
Lord Falconer is our speaker this year. He was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs between 2003 and 2007 and Solicitor General between 1997 and 1998. Chatham House rules apply to the evening so we look forward to hearing him speak.
The AGM and dinner will take place at Hogan Lovells. Application forms for tickets were circulated last month.
Annual Dinner – 25 October 2011

This year we have a special guest speaker, FW de Klerk. A lawyer by profession, F W de Klerk, was the last President of apartheid era South Africa. He is best known for engineering the end of apartheid and until 1996 was one of the Deputy Presidents of South Africa during the presidency of Nelson Mandela. Amongst the many awards he has received is the Nobel Peace Prize of 1993, which he was awarded with Nelson Mandela for his role in ending apartheid.

We expect the Dinner to be a popular event. Please make a note in your diaries of the date.
An application for tickets will be circulated later in the year.

Spring Lecture Series
You should have received details of our Spring lecture series which begins next month. The
lectures planned are as follows:
6 April 2011 “Life after FSMA” - Charles Flint QC

4 May 2011 “An update on Developments in Banking Litigation” - Gregory Mitchell QC and Jonathan Davies-Jones

8 June 2011 “The Bribery Act 2010” - David Huw Williams QC

21 June 2011 “Article 6, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and common law – what does the duty to be fair mean now?" – Helen Mountfield QC

Further information on the lectures and an application form for tickets is available here.

Second Visit to the Supreme Court

At the end of last year members of the LSLA visited the Supreme Court for a tour of the Court and 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.

The event was so well received that we decided to repeat it sometime this year. We shall let you know when we have a date.


Legal News
Consultation Papers
Jackson Report
On 15 November the Ministry of Justice published its consultation entitled “Proposals for Reform of Civil Litigation Funding and Costs in England and Wales – Implementation of Lord Justice Jackson’s Recommendations”.

The aim of the recommendations was to reduce costs whilst still enabling access to justice to those who need it. Notable amongst the recommendations are that CFA success fees and after the event insurance should cease to be recoverable from the opposing party in litigation and contingency fees should be permitted for Court litigation.

A copy of the consultation can be found at

The LSLA filed a Joint Response with the Commercial Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association, and City Of London Law Society and its own separate response. You can see a copy of the responses here:
Recent Press

Committee members of the LSLA have had several press articles published over the past month including:

- “Cold Comfort – When a freezing order is not enough is it time to get the Receivers in” by Graham Huntley and Caroline Halliday;
- “Bar takes overly-defensive stance as LSA looms” – comment by David Greene; and
- “Withdrawal Symptoms” concerning the right to withdraw a part 36 offer by Andrew Parker
You can see copies of these articles by clicking here.