London Solicitors Litigation Association

January 2012

London Solicitors Litigation Association

Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter in which we set out brief details of some of our most recent and forthcoming activities.

This year is our 60th Anniversary.  Our plans to hold events to celebrate are being finalised and we explain how these are progressing below.


AGM 6 March 2012 - New President

Our AGM took place on 6 March 2012 at Hogan Lovells.  At the AGM we amended our constitution in line with the proposals we sent you last month, with a couple of minor typographical and stylistic changes.

The Officers and Committee Members were elected and Francesca Kaye was elected as our new President.  Gavin Foggo and Patrick Wheeler were re-elected as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  For the first year and following the amendments to the constitution, Julian Acratopulo was elected as Membership Secretary.

AGM Dinner

This year’s speaker was the Rt Hon Prof Sir Robin Jacob.  Formerly Lord Justice Jacob, Sir Robin retired from the Court of Appeal in March 2011 to be appointed as the first Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in Intellectual Property Law at UCL.  Charterhouse Rules apply to the evening so we cannot go into details of what was said.  However, it was an informative and elucidating speech.

60th Anniversary Events

This year the LSLA celebrates its 60th Anniversary.  Our plans are being finalized and we shall let you have details when these are available.  In the meantime, please provisionally reserve the dates below.

  • 9 May 2012 – a debate between past Presidents, who will discuss litigation over the past 60 years and how they see it developing over the next 60 years;

  • 26 June 2012 – 60th Anniversary Party.

We are also planning a debate in the Autumn.  Several eminent speakers are being considered. 

Spring Lecture Series

The Spring Lecture Series is being finalized and we shall send you details in the near future.


Last month Members of the Committee met Committee Members of LCLCBA and COMBAR.  Both meetings were very productive and there was a great deal of consensus about the manner in which the Courts were being run.  We hope to arrange further meetings on a regular basis and are planning on holding a social event open to all members later in the year.

List of Supervising Solicitors

As you might know the White Book refers to the LSLA maintaining details of individuals who may 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.  Please send your details to Alex Luke at

LSLA on Twitter

Our user name is LSLA1.   Please do follow us as we are tweeting information about LSLA's events and lectures, submissions to consultations, and news of interest to litigators.  Please also encourage colleagues, friends and firms to do the same.

The Junior LSLA

The inaugural Junior LSLA seminar sold out before it took place on 20 February 2012. The Junior LSLA seminar series is designed to offer practical tips on procedural and substantive legal issues commonly faced by junior civil litigators, in an interactive but relaxed atmosphere.  The event is open to both junior and other members of the LSLA.

The topic of the first seminar was "Witness Statements and Evidence - Horror Stories and How to Avoid Them". The panel of George Spalton (4 New Square) and Abra Bompas (One Essex Court) from Junior COMBAR, and Chris Bushell (Herbert Smith) and Alexander Thavenot (Osborne Clarke) from the Junior LSLA took questions from the floor and regaled those present with their own personal “horror stories”.

The Junior LSLA and Junior COMBAR will be holding a joint social event in May. Further information about this event will follow when available.

If you are interested in joining the Junior LSLA or being the Junior LSLA Champion for your firm, please contact the JLSLA Chairman, Nikki Edwards, at

Consultation Papers

The LSLA responded last month the MOJ’s Consultation Paper on “Appointments and Diversity 'A Judiciary for the 21st Century'”. To see a copy of our response, click here.

The Society for Computers and Law

As its website says, the Society for Computers and Law is a registered charity which aims to be “the community for lawyers who understand IT and the related legal and business practice issues and provides thought leadership, best practice, education and standards in these areas.”

It is holding its annual lecture on 26 March 2012 which it thought would be of interest to our members.  Attached is a copy of the SCL’s flyer for the event.  The SCL is offering members of the LSLA the same discounted rates to attend this meeting as its own members.

Recent Press

Over the past month Committee Members of the LSLA have appeared in and written articles for several publications including:

  • New Law Journal, 15 February 2012, featured comments from both Francesca Kaye and David Greene who warned “that county court proposals could overstretch resource”

  • Law Society Gazette, 16 February 2012, Francesca Kaye commented on the need for funding for the proposed County Court Reforms (see attached)

Solicitors Journal, 19 February 2012, “Gaining Control” by James Maton (a copy of the articles can be seen at