LSLA

London Solicitors Litigation Association

January 2018

Dear Member,

A belated happy new year to all our members.

As we enter another year, our newsletter contains information about future events and reports on some of our recent activities.   We are also seeking feedback on any experiences you might have had with the Commercial Court’s Shorter and Flexible Trials Scheme and have information on the current consultations upon which we have provided submissions. Read on… 


FUTURE EVENTS

AGM and Dinner – 15 March 2018

Our AGM shall take place at Hogan Lovells and by followed by dinner.  We are in the process of arranging a speaker for the evening and shall circulate details in the near future.

LSLA Autumn / Winter Lecture Series 2017/18

Our lecture series continues its successful run. There is just one left to take place and just a few tickets left.  The remaining lecture is:

  • Thursday 1 February 2018 at Hogan Lovells LLP
    "SAAMCO comes of age - where is it now and where is it going?"
    Ben Elkington QC and Helen Evans - 4 New Square Chambers

JLSLA Spring Seminar – ADR – There is another Way – 27 February 2018

Chaired by Leigh Callaway the panel will consist of: Mike Pilgrem, FTI Consulting, Nikki Edwards and William Ingram Hill both of Temple Bright & Pacificus Mediation who will explore the benefits and pitfalls of ADR (whether mediation, expert determinations or otherwise) for both clients and their solicitors; how to approach settlement discussions; the role of experts in negotiations; and the current proposals arising from the recent CJC report.  

Tickets for our lecture series and the JLSLA Seminars are not limited to members and may be purchased via the website of using the forms in the attached flyers which provides further details of the events.

Disclosure Working Group Roadshows

The LSLA is taking a particularly active role in the consultation process for the proposed new rules on disclosure.   The recent panel discussion held at Simmons included our President, Ed Crosse and committee members Caroline Field and David Owen along with The Hon Mr Justice Knowles CBE, Chief Master Marsh. This was the most popular educational event in LSLA history, with over  250 tickets purchased and a very high turnout on the evening.  

Please do take the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals, via the LSLA subcommittee on disclosure, which is led by Caroline Field (cfield@foxlawyers.com).

Future roadshows/Open Forum Meetings involving LSLA committee members include: 

  • Bristol Court Users on 23 January 2018 (with The Hon Mr Justice Birss, Ed Crosse and The Hon Mr Justice Matthews)
  • GC100 Roundtable discussion on 24 January 2018 (Ed Crosse, with The Hon Mr Justice Knowles, Master Marsh, Grant Dawson and Rosemary Martin)
  • Manchester Court Users on 29 January 2018 (Lord Justice Gloster with The Hon Mr Justice Waksman and Ed Crosse)
  • LCLCBA Disclosure Conference (Master Marsh, with The Hon Mr Justice Knowles, Ed Crosse, Caroline Field and Alex Hickey QC) on 30 January 2018
  • Meeting with The City of Law Society Litigation Committee on 1 February (with The Hon Mr Justice Knowles and Ed Crosse)
  • Presentation to the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists by Ed Crosse and Caroline Field together with the Rt. Hon Lady Justice Gloster and the Hon. Mr Justice Knowles on 7 February 2017
  • Cardiff Court Users on 20 February 2018 by Ed Crosse with The Hon Mr Justice Birss
  • London B&PC Disclosure Forum 21 February 2018

PAST EVENTS

LSLA Annual Dinner – 23 November 2017

The LSLA Dinner was another resounding success.  Once again held at the Law Society Hall, our speakers this year were   

  • The Rt Hon. Lady Justice Gloster, Vice President of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division); and
  • Sir Paul Jenkins QC (hon) of Maitland Chambers, who was the United Kingdom Government’s most senior legal official and Permanent Secretary to the Attorney General from 2006 to 2014


SHORTER AND FLEXIBLE TRIALS SCHEME (“SFTS”)

Several of our members have used the SFTS and with some success.  In order that we may provide informed and constructive feedback to the Court before the pilot ends later this year, we are inviting members to share their experiences.  If you have feedback please contact Georgina Squire at Georgina.Squire@rkllp.co.uk.


CONSULTATIONS

At the end of last year we submitted our response to the questions raised in the CJC’s ADR Working Group’s Interim Report.  You can find a copy of our submissions at https://www.lsla.co.uk/node/739 

We continue to seek members’ views on the proposed amendments to the disclosure rules. 


RECENT PRESS AND PUBLICITY

The LSLA has recently received the following press coverage: 

  • 28 November 2017, New Law Journal reported that “LSLA asserts disclosure reform is key to maintaining UK’s status as international legal hub post-Brexit” 
  • 4 December 2017, Law Society Gazette included an article by David Greene “Civil Justice – a rocky road” 

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

Some of our members say that they are, on occasion, not receiving email notifications for LSLA and Junior LSLA events. We have been advised that such notifications may sometimes be blocked by our members’ firm’s IT servers, which automatically quarantine emails received from, for example, “donotreply” email addresses.

Should you not be receiving our email notifications, we would advise you to contact your firm’s IT team and request that they “whitelist” both donotreply@lsla.co.uk and lsla@lsla.co.uk.


THE JUNIOR LSLA 

Junior LSLA Members Survey

Many thanks to our members for participating in the JLSLA Members Survey. Your views are hugely important to the organisation and we will build upon the feedback received over the coming year. 

Junior LSLA Committee Positions

This year there are three new positions on the Junior LSLA Executive Committee. The committee meets once a month to plan and manage Junior LSLA events. We also assist with the planning and delivery of LSLA events, and participate in commercial litigation and civil justice consultations to ensure that the views of junior litigators are properly represented.

If you are interested in joining the Committee, please send me a short email (to lcallaway@fladgate.com) expressing your interest and outlining your reasons for wishing to join and why you feel you would be suited to the position. Applications will close on Wednesday, 31 January 2018. Applications will be considered by the existing committee members and a vote will take place to choose the successful candidates. We will notify you either way by Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

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 lcallaway@fladgate.com.

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.


MEMBERSHIP

The LSLA is delighted to announce that the Association now has over 2,400 members, including 974 members of the JLSLA and 31 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 chris.bushell@hsf.com 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 at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4545696


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.


LSLA WEBSITE

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.