LSLA

London Solicitors Litigation Association

January 2011

London Solicitors Litigation Association
 
Welcome to this month’s newsletter.
 
Please read on for some information on our most recent and future activities, together with some legal issues which might affect you.
 
 
LSLA News
 
Committee Vacancies
 
We currently have two vacancies on our committee due to retirement. If you are interested in joining the committee, please send your CV to our secretary Gavin Foggo at
gfoggo@foxwilliams.com.
 
AGM and Dinner - 15 March 2011
 
As we reported last month, Lord Falconer shall be our speaker this year. Lord Falconer 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 will be circulated within the near future.
 
Autumn Lecture Series
 
Now that our Autumn lecture series is complete, we are we are now planning our Spring lecture series, details of which will be sent to you soon.

Second Visit to the Supreme Court

On 6 October 2010 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 http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/docs/jackson-consultation-paper.pdf. The LSLA shall be preparing a response in time for the deadline of 14 February 2011. 
 
Legal Aid Reform
Also on on 15 November the Ministry of Justice announced its consultation into “Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales”, which seeks views on the wide ranging programme of reforms proposed. The proposals aim is to target legal aid to those who most need it and include the options to no longer cover (amongst other claims) clinical negligence, consumer and general contract, employment, housing and immigration.
 
A copy of the consultation can be found at http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/docs/legal-aid-reform-consultation.pdf. The LSLA is preparing a response for the deadline of 14 February 2011. If you would like to contribute please contact Graham Huntley at grahamhuntley@hoganslovells.com 

Recent Press

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

- 13 January 2011, New Law Journal, “Ignorance isn’t Bliss – Recent Trends in Disclosure” by Richard Langley
- 24 January 2011, Solicitors Journal, “Are you being served” explaining the best steps to take to avoid accepting e-service by Seamus Smyth