London Solicitors Litigation Association

January 2016

Happy new year to all our members.

Welcome to this month’s newsletter informing you of our future events and reporting on some of our recent activities.


Annual Dinner – 25 November 2015

Our annual black tie dinner held at the Law Society is one of our most popular events.  As ever, it was an entertaining and informative evening.  The speakers were Keir Starmer MP (the former DPP who was recently appointed to Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Home Affairs team) Mr Justice Coulson and our President, John Bramhall.

JLSLA Autumn Bash – 11 November 2015

The Autumn Bash marked the end of the JLSLA calendar and another year of successful and popular events.  Held at Zetter Bar & Lounge, the Bash featured live music from the Maxwell Quartet.  The evening kicked off with a champagne reception and a magician entertaining guests, followed by dinner with wine.  A good time was had by all.

Autumn/Winter Lecture Series 2015/16

The Autumn/Winter lectures series has begun with two well received talks:

  • Monday 30 November 2015 “Current Issues in Documentary Evidence” by Charles Hollander QC of Brick Court Chambers.  Charles considered current issues and recent case law developments relating to privilege, disclosure and documentary evidence.
  • Thursday 14 January 2016 “The Privacy Paradox: can privacy law cope with emerging technology?” delivered by Timothy Pitt-Payne QC of 11 King’s Bench Walk Chambers.  Timothy spoke about the paradox of privacy law and its ability to keep pace with modern technology.  


Autumn/Winter Lecture Series 2015/16

There are still two lectures planned in our series:

  • Wednesday 20 January 2016 “Arbitration Agreements: pitfalls to avoid and a cautionary case study” by Sa’ad Hossain QC and David Caplan of One Essex Court Chambers 
  • Monday 22 February 2016 “Commercial Fraud Litigation: Update”
    Paul McGrath QC of Essex Court Chambers

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members. Anyone can apply for tickets via the website or using the attached form and the lectures count for CPD purposes (the CPD reference will be on the confirmatory email sent a few days before the lecture). The cost is £20 per event. Our lectures are often sold out, so please apply early for tickets; we have already sold 110 and 150 tickets for our last two lectures respectively.

The lectures will be held at the Auditorium at Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG. 

They start at 6.00pm, will last approximately one hour (to include a period for questions at the end) and, as ever, will be followed by drinks upstairs with the speaker – it was good to see that the last drinks with Timothy Pitt-Payne were encouragingly well attended.

JLSLA – Seminar – 8 February 2016 – SOLD OUT

Entitled “Legal Professional Privilege – Are you up to Speed?” the first JLSLA seminar of 2016 takes place on 8 February.

Speakers Colin Passmore (Simmons & Simmons LLP), Adam Sher (Fountain Court Chambers), and Tim Blanchard (Slaughter and May) will be addressing recent developments and common problem areas in the law of privilege as well as providing practical guidance in relation to these topics. 

For further details, please see the attached flyer.  The event is sold out.


IBC – Solicitors Costs Conference 2016 – 2 February 2016 – Millennium Gloucester Hotel Kensington

IBC Legal Conferences are offering LSLA Member s a 20% discount on the fee for attending their costs conference.
The Speakers are the Right Honourable Lord Justice Jackson, Nicholas Bacon QC, District Judge Ian Besford and Master Jason Rowley and topics to be covered include: Part 36 and CPR costs update; ATE funding and success fee changes; proportionality including Denton v White; costs management, budgeting and fixed costs; the Electronic Bill; Precedent H and J-Code.

To find out more and to receive the 20% saving go to:


Since our last newsletter, committee members of the LSLA and JLSLA have written various articles for national publications including:

  • 7 December 2015, Law Society Gazette, Ed Crosse contributed to an article entitled “Special Forces” concerning the Mercantile Court (see
  • 22 December 2015, Solicitors Journal, A year of milestones” by Celina McGregor (JLSLA)


Our website at includes: details of our forthcoming events, copies of the responses we have filed to recent consultations, recent articles and press citing members of the association, and past editions of the newsletter.

You can also join the LSLA via our website as well as sign up for future events on it.

We hope that our website will prove a source of information for members.  Please let us know if you have any comments on it.

Now that the website has been launched we are working on providing feeds to our LinkedIn and Twitter addresses.


You can join the LSLA by visiting our website at  If you are 8 years PQE or less you will automatically become a member of the JLSLA if you input your year of admission when completing your online membership application.

The LSLA also offers 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 Chris Bushell at if you would like to take out corporate membership.


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. 

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, Celina McGregor at

The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at