Happy new year to all our members!!!
With 2017 promising to be another year of change this month’s newsletter lets you know about some of our future events and reports on some of our recent activities.
We are also inviting applications for new members of the LSLA and JLSLS Committees to take up positions in Spring, so if you are interested please read further below.
Autumn/Winter Lecture Series - “Lawyers’ duties to the Court and to opponents: lessons from the Nightjack saga”
Timothy Dutton QC of Fountain Court Chambers delivered a fascinating talk exploring the duties of lawyers in the light of the case of Brett v SRA  EWHC 2974 (Admin).
As we are all too aware Brexit and its legal consequences remains a hot topic for 2017. The LSLA has been at the forefront of organisations seeking to identify the challenges presented by Brexit for UK Civil Justice and to propose solutions for the UK Government in its negotiations with the EU.
Brexit creates uncertainties that have the potential to damage London as a global centre for litigation if not proactively managed and addressed by the UK Government. Naturally, other litigation hubs will seek to capitalise and, in a bid to attract work, highlight any challenges litigants in London may now face.
On 15 November we circulated a note to members identifying the LSLA’s position in relation to the potential impact of Brexit on London as a litigation hub, and identifying some of the practical steps that members can take in the short to medium term when considering issues of jurisdiction, choice of law, service and enforcement. The note also identifies the steps, which the LSLA urges the UK Government to take in its negotiations with the remaining EU Member States in relation to these issues.
In case you missed it, a further copy of the note is attached to this newsletter. The note attracted some considerable press coverage (see below).
Autumn/Winter Lecture Series
There is one final lecture left in our series.
24 January 2017 - “Economic Crime - Making the company pay”
Richard Lissack QC of Fountain Court Chambers will consider the current drive to make corporate liability in financial crime easier to prove.
The lecture will be held in the Auditorium at Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG.
The lecture starts at 6.00pm, will last approximately one hour (to include a period for questions at the end) and will be followed by drinks.
Attendance is not limited to LSLA members. Anyone can apply for tickets via the website – http://www.lsla.co.uk/events – 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 for members and non-members £25. Our lectures are usually sold out, so please apply early for tickets.
Junior LSLA Spring Seminar
9 February 2017 - “Start at the Beginning – How to Frame your Claim”
Francesca Kaye (Partner with Russell-Cooke LLP who sits as both a Deputy Chancery Master and Deputy District Judge), Emma Hargreaves (Serle Court), and Leigh Callaway (Fladgate LLP) will discuss the legal, commercial and strategic steps to consider when investigating and constructing a claim, provide their top-tips, and highlight common pitfalls to avoid.
AGM and Dinner – 3 April 2017
Our AGM and Dinner will take place on 3 April 2017. Further details will be circulated in due course, but in the meantime, please make a note to save the date!
We are also inviting applications for committee membership. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 14 days before the AGM. None of the candidate, proposer nor the seconder need be present at the AGM.
Court Examiner Posts
The Ministry of Justice, Public Appointment Team, would like to bring members’ attention to the current advertised Court Examiner posts on the Cabinet Office website, the link to this website is https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/court-examiners/.
The MOJ would be interested to hear from Barristers or Solicitor Advocates who may be eligible to apply.
Applications should be submitted to Publicappointmentsteam@justice.gsi.gov.uk by the closing date noon 26 January 2017.
Costs Conference – reduced fees
The 32nd Annual Solicitors’ Costs Conference will take place on 2 February 2017
The conference will once again be chaired by Nicholas Bacon QC, and bring together some of the most eminent names in the field of civil procedure and costs. 11 key sessions are covered in one day.
Members are being offered a 20% discount on the price of the conference.
For more details and to register go to the event website at https://law.knect365.com/solicitors-costs-conference/?utm_source=lsla&utm_campaign=fkw82684lsla&utm_medium=newslettertracker_id=fkw82684lsla or call +44 (0) 20 7017 5503 or email email@example.com
Quote VIP code: FKW82684LSLA to redeem discount.
The LSLA has received the following press coverage:
- 30 November 2016, Litigation Futures article concerning “International Parties continue to Dominate Commercial Court, but Fewer are EU litigants” included comments from our President, Ed Crosse (see http://www.litigationfutures.com/news/international-parties-continue-dominate-commercial-court-fewer-eu-litigants)
- 1 December 2016, New Law Journal, Francesca Kaye and Helen Whalley discussed breach of trust claims (see https://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/content/matter-trust-3)
- 1 December 2016, New Law Journal featured comments from Ed Crosse https://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/content/still-number-one
- 1 December 2016, New Law Journal included coverage of our President’s speech at the Annual Dinner (see https://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/content/brexit-concerns)
- 2 December 2016, JD Supra’s newsletter referred to the results of our Litigation Trends Survey held last Spring in conjunction with the NLJ (see http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/resolving-uk-construction-disputes-our-81232/)
- 2 December 2016, CDR carried an article concerning the LSLA’a note on Brexit (see https://www.cdr-news.com/categories/litigation/6902-a-menu-for-success-in-changing-times)
- 6 December 2016, Solicitors Journal, featured an article by David Greene entitled “Costs take Centre Stage Again” ( see https://www.solicitorsjournal.com/201612/costs-take-centre-stage-again)
- 21 December 2016, Stowe Family Law cited our Brexit note in their newsletter (see http://www.marilynstowe.co.uk/2016/12/21/mps-explore-the-effect-of-family-law-on-brexit/)
- 3 January 2017, CDR, “Facing Challenge and Change with Confidence” contained an abridged version of Ed Crosse’ keynote speech from CDR’s Autumn symposium ( see https://www.cdr-news.com/categories/litigation/featured/6957-facing-challenge-and-change-with-confidence)
- 9 January 2017, Harbour Litigation Funding included an article on the impact of Brexit on UK Civil Justice written by Ed Crosse (see https://issuu.com/harbourlf/docs/harbour_view_q4?e=13703449/42775817).
- 10 January 2017, Solicitors Journal “Disclosure: Time for a Change” by Ed Crosse (see https://www.solicitorsjournal.com/feature/201701/disclosure-time-change)
- 12 January 2017, Ed Crosse was quoted in a piece by the Times concerning future possible developments in the law in 2017 (see http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/after-last-years-dramas-what-lies-ahead-827tl70gc)
The LSLA is delighted to announce that the Association now has over 2200 members, including 876 members of the JLSLA and 29 corporate member firms.
Corporate membership can offer a real saving 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information or to take out corporate membership.
Otherwise, you can join the LSLA by visiting our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/. 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.
Members are also welcome to join the LSLA LinkedIn group".
Online Payments for LSLA Events
When making payments for membership and our events we would kindly request that you quote the correct data to identify the matter to which the payment relates. Incorrect identification often occurs where a firm’s accounts team makes a payment to the LSLA as an existing payee, using old order data rather than updating the payment instruction to include the new order number.
Updating payment data to correctly reference the event to which a payment relates would significantly ease the LSLA’s administrative burden. Thank you for your continued support and assistance.
Our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/ 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.
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.
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.
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, Leigh Callaway at email@example.com.
The JSLA will be looking to appoint two new members on its committee this Spring. Please contact Leigh if you would be interested in applying.
The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Junior-London-Solicitors-Litigation-Association-4438638/about?trk=anet_ug_grppro.