Happy New Year!
In this newsletter we look forward to our future events and report on some of those which have happened recently.2014 promises to be another year of change following the Jackson Reforms.
It also includes proposed changes to our constitution to open up our membership to foreign qualified lawyers and employed barristers, which we will be discussing at our AGM in March. Please do consider these proposals so you can let us know your views
AGM and Dinner – 11 March 2014
Proposals for Amendment of the Constitution
We propose to amend our constitution to allow foreign qualified lawyers and employed barristers practising as litigators in Greater London to apply for membership. Having considered this issue over a couple of years we believe the proposal reflects the manner in which our practices have developed.
We should appreciate your views on the proposal and you are invited to attend the AGM at Hogan Lovells to discuss it. We are currently finalising the form and wording of the proposal.
We are also inviting applications for committee membership. We are particularly interested in hearing from those of you who practice in the areas of defamation and personal injury (both claimant and defendant).
Under clause 21 of our constitution, candidates for election to the committee should be proposed and seconded by members of the Association. The name of each candidate, with the names of their proposer and seconder, should be sent to our Secretary, Gavin Foggo, at email@example.com no later than 14 days before the AGM. None of the candidate, proposer nor the seconder need be present at the AGM.
Full details of the AGM together with the resolution to amend the constitution will be circulated in the near future.
Lord Justice Briggs will be our speaker this year. His final report into the proposed modernisation of the Chancery Division was published on 17 December 2013 (see http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/media/media-releases/2013/jo-press-release-cmr-final-report), so we look forward to hearing his views. The dinner will take place under the Chatham House rule.
We shall send you details together with an application form for tickets as soon as possible.
New Law Journal Survey
The results of the survey we, along with the New Law Journal, conducted of members’ views of the Jackson Reforms received wide publicity in other journals. We are planning another survey in early 2014. We hope that you will respond to it to add your voice to the growing calls for further reforms to ensure the measures introduced by Lord Justice Jackson achieve their stated objectives of reducing the costs of litigation and improving access to justice to potential claimants and defendants alike.
Spring Lecture Series
We are currently putting together of our Spring Lecture Series which we hope to announce in the near future.
MOJ – Court Fees: Proposals for Reform
The MOJ has announced a consultation into its proposals for reform of Court fees. Proposed changes include: daily hearing fees in some claims, some increased fees, in some instances, a sliding scale of fees depending on the value of claims, and options to cap fees in larger claims. For full details see https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/court-fees-proposals-for-reform.
We are preparing a response to be submitted before the deadline on 31 January 2014.
LSLA – RECENT PRESS
Since our last newsletter:
- 10 December 2013, Solicitors Journal “Judicial Encouragement should not be taken Lightly” by David Greene (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/litigation/adr/judicial-encouragement-litigation-should-not-be-taken-lightly)
IBC Legal: 29th Annual Conference: Solicitors’ Costs 29 January 2014, Grange City Hotel, London, 7hrs CPD
LSLA members are being offered a 20% discount on IBC Legal’s 29th Annual Solicitors’ Costs Conference. The price of the conference is £799 plus VAT and £639.20 (plus VAT) for members.
The conference will examine crucial recent developments in costs and will include analyses of recent costs decisions, the latest on the implementation of the Jackson Reforms and changes to the CPR, the impact of the decision in Mitchell v MGN, funding options and more.
Past Presidents of the LSLA, Graham Huntley and David Greene, will be speaking as will the Honourable Mr Justice Ramsey, Master Gordon-Saker and Nicolas Bacon QC amongst others.
The conference will be followed by an evening drinks reception to celebrate His Honour Michael Cook's outstanding contribution to this conference over the past 28 years with a presentation by Lord Justice Jackson.
For further details see http://www.ibclegal.com/FKW82444LSLE. To obtain your 20% discount please quote VIP code: FKW82444LSLE when booking online at this address.
In December 2013 the Chancery Bar Association launched a new scheme to support litigants in person in the Applications Court (CLIPS). The scheme was personally endorsed at the launch by the Chancellor and by Lord Justice Briggs. It aims to make available each day two barristers to assist litigants in person in the Chancery Division and is being run by the RCJ Advice Bureau and Bar Pro Bono Unit. Further details about how the scheme will function in practice are available at http://www.chba.org.uk/about-us/the-association/clips-chancery-bar-litigant-in-person-support-scheme/clips-extract-of-chairmans-speech-from-launch/view). With the recent rise in litigants in person and existing schemes being stretched, CLIPS should offer further valuable assistance.
The form for any new members who wish to join 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. 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 Julian Copeman on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take out corporate membership.
LIST OF SUPERVISING SOLICITORS
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.
We propose to launch our new website in the near future. In the meantime, please bear with us whilst it is rebuilt.
LSLA on Twitter and LinkedIn
Once our website is up and running we hope to be able to provide feeds to our Twitter and LinkedIn addresses.
The Junior LSLA
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 (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, Caroline Field, at email@example.com.
The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile on The profile for the JLSLA is at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Junior-London-Solicitors-Litigation-Association-4438638/about?trk=anet_ug_grppro