LSLA

London Solicitors Litigation Association

January 2013

Happy New Year to all our members!

This year promises to be another exciting and challenging year for litigators, not least because the proposed Jackson reforms are due to be implemented from April.  To help you and your colleagues prepare, we have arranged for Mr Justice Ramsey to speak to us on 22 January about the forthcoming changes to the Court rules on costs.  Tickets have sold out for the event, but, for those of you unable to attend, we hope to be able to provide details of the discussion in next month’s newsletter.

Our newsletter this month also contains details of some of our more recent events, some other events to look forward to in 2013 and discounted offers to members for courses and books. 

LSLA NEWS

Recent Events

Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner took place at the end of November at the Law Society.  The speaker, Lord Falconer (the barrister, Labour politician and former Lord Chancellor) entertained us with tales from his time in office. 

The dinner was a lively evening, as a jazz band, the Leo Green Experience, played after the dinner and a few of us took to the dance floor.

The dinner attracted press including on:

  • 3 December 2012, in an article entitled “Give us a clue Jackson”, The Lawyer quoted from Francesca Kaye’s speech after the dinner in which she expressed concern at the lack of information from the MoJ about the forthcoming Jackson reforms (see http://www.thelawyer.com/give-us-a-clue-jackson/1015826.article)

Autumn Lecture Series

Another successful lecture series is now complete.  The autumn series included:

  • 20 November 2012 – “Arbitration and the English Courts – recent developments” by Khawar Qureshi QC.  A copy of Khawar’s notes is on our website.  Click here to download a copy.
  • 26 November 2012 – “Appeals: Practice, recent developments and pit falls” by David Mabb QC.  Click here for a copy of David’s notes.
  • 13 December 2012 – “The constructive trust after Sinclair –v- Versailles and FHR European Ventures – has it survived?” by Matthew Collings QC. 
  • 18 December 2012 – “Jurisdiction battles in financial services disputes”  by Richard Handyside QC

Our Spring Lecture Series is now being put together.  We shall circulate details as soon as they are available.

Junior LSLA Autumn Seminar – How to establish a Claim in Fraud

At the end of last year the JLSLA held another successful discussion, this time led by Derrick Dale QC of Fountain Court Chambers.  Part of the JLSLA’s series of practical talks designed for more junior litigators, the discussion focussed on the issues to be aware of when bringing or defending fraud claims and offered an intriguing insight into the tests applied by the Court and the role of inference.

Further seminars are planned.  We shall provide you with details in the future.

Future Events

Discussion on the implementation of the Jackson Reforms - 22 January 2013 SOLD OUT

Even though much has been written about the implementation of Lord Jackson’s review of the costs of civil litigation planned for April 2013, there is still uncertainty about the extent, content and even timing of the proposed reforms.

Mr Justice Ramsey (the Judge charged with implementation of the new rules) has agreed to speak at an event on 22 January to help us prepare for these important changes.  He will be joined by former past presidents of the LSLA, David Greene and Graham Huntley, in what promises to be an informative discussion.

The latest published details of the reforms can be found at http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/publications/policy/moj/civil-justice-reforms-full-package.pdf.

Tickets for this event have now sold out, so we are unable to accept any further applications.  Unfortunately, we have not been able to issue tickets to everyone who has sent in an application form.  Cheques will be returned in due course to those who, on this occasion, have been unsuccessful in obtaining tickets. 

JLSLA and Junior LCLCBA Drinks – 31 January 2013

The Junior LCLCBA has invited members of the JLSLA to be their guests at an informal drinks reception at the Apex Temple Court Hotel from 6pm on Thursday 31 January. This is a free event and numbers are limited.  A copy of the flyer inviting members of the JLSLA is attached.  To book a place please email lclcba@hardwicke.co.uk.

AGM and Dinner – 19 March 2013

Our AGM and dinner will be held on 19 March 2013.  We shall circulate further details in the near future.  In the meantime, please make a diary note to reserve the date.

LSLA Membership

Application forms to renew membership or for new members should have already been sent to you.  In case you have not received yours a further copy is attached. If you are 8 years PQE or less you will automatically become a member of the JLSLA if you complete the section of the application form identifying your year of admission.

The LSLA is now offering corporate membership to firms.  Your firm can register an unlimited number of its solicitors working for it during the year for £500 pa.  A new application form for membership will be circulated shortly.  In the meantime, please contact Julian Copeman on julian.copeman@herbertsmith.com if you would like to take out corporate membership.

Volunteers wanted to assist on the LSLA Subcommittees

There are several newly established subcommittees of the LSLA including:

  • Events (social/dinners and education/lectures);
  • Communications (social media, website, newsletter, publications and PR consultants);
  • Law & Consultations; and
  • Bar Liaison, Court User Groups and other groups. 

Each subcommittee shall ideally be comprised of members of the LSLA Committee and other members of the LSLA.  In previous months’ newsletters we have sought volunteers to assist on these subcommittees.  The responses are being considered, but it is not too late for you to help. If you are interested in becoming involved with one of our subcommittees, please contact Alex Luke on lsla@aklsearch.co.uk identifying in which subcommittee you are interested.

List of Supervising Solicitors

As you might know 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.  Please send your details to Alex Luke at lsla@aklsearch.co.uk.

LSLA on Twitter

Our user name is LSLA1.   Do follow us, as we are tweeting information about the 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.

LSLA on LinkedIn

Both the LSLA and JLSLA have profiles on LinkedIn.  We have kept these as members’ only groups so there might be a slight delay in your being able to use the site initially.  The site will be used to:

  1. provide a members only discussion forum;
  2. encourage feedback and participation in consultations/debates;
  3. disseminate details of forthcoming events (including lectures, dinners etc.);
  4. circulate LSLA and JLSLA news;
  5. provide links to articles written by our members; and
  6. update members on any legal issues of interest.

Please do join our group at the following link: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/London-Solicitors-Litigation-Association-4545696/about?trk=anet_ug_grppro and encourage other members to do so. 

The profile for the JLSLA is at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Junior-London-Solicitors-Litigation-Association-4438638/about?trk=anet_ug_grppro

Offers to Members

SCL-The IT Community - Mr Justice Akenhead, "Technology and Dispute Resolution”  Wednesday 16 January 2013 6.30 pm at SNR Denton LLP, London 1hr CPD

Reduced rate offered to member of £35 + VAT (£42).

Mr Justice Akenhead, Judge in Charge, Technology and Construction Court, will speak in an event chaired by John Linneker, a Partner of SNR Denton UK LLP on the topic of “Judges and Technology: Friends and Foes”

Sir Robert Akenhead will speak about the burdens and benefits that he finds flow from technology and the impact this has on the role of a modern judge. Given his unique perspective, Sir Robert will have many interesting insights on the perils of inadequate (and overly detailed) e-disclosure, the role of technology in effective case management, the diverse nature of electronic evidence, e-filing and best practice in technical disputes more generally.

The talk offers you an opportunity to gain an insight into judicial thinking and the requirements of the TCC.


Full details appear on the SCL web site at: http://www.scl.org/site.aspx?i=ev26730

To book your place and take advantage of the reduced rate please email your booking to caroline.gould@scl.org stating that you are a member of the LSLA.  It is not possible to book online and still obtain the reduced rate. 

IBC Legal Conferences - The 28th Solicitors' Costs conference

Tuesday 29 January in London

The conference plans to address the costs issues and challenges to come in the year ahead. His Honour Judge Michael Cook will chair the conference which will feature 13 eminent speakers including the Hon Mr Justice Ramsey, Jeremy Morgan QC, Master Peter Haworth and our own past president, Graham Huntley.

Visit http://www.ibclegal.com/FKW82347LSLE for further details and to reserve a place.  To obtain the 20% saving quote VIP code: FKW82347LSLE.

“Shareholder Claims” by David Greene

One of our former Presidents and current Committee Member, David Greene, has written a book entitled “Shareholder Claims”.  Click on http://www.jordanpublishing.co.uk/shareholderclaimsleaflet to see a copy of the leaflet explaining the matters covered in it.

Jordan Publishing is offering LSLA members a 10% discount on the book.  To claim this discount, you must enter the promotion code 'S502X' at the checkout stage of an online order. Alternatively you can order the book by telephone by calling 0117 918 1492. Jordan has also said that it would be happy to discuss a further discount on bulk orders. If you would like more information on this, please call their sales team on 0117 918 1555.

THE JUNIOR LSLA

About the JLSLA

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. 

Membership

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 (copy attached).   

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, Nikki Edwards, at nikkiedwards@quinnemanuel.com.

Recent Press

Since our last newsletter Committee Members of the LSLA have appeared in and written articles for several publications including:

  • 20 November 2012, Solicitors Journal, “Lies, damned lies and statistics in which Francesca Kaye questions the reticence of lawyers to formally record their complaints about the court system” (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/node/146160);