LSLA

London Solicitors Litigation Association

July 2012

Welcome to the latest edition of the LSLA Newsletter.  Below are details of some of our recent and forthcoming events (including the special events we have organised for this our 60th year) together with some offers and discounts we have arranged for you on legal courses and books.

The LSLA aims to be as inclusive to members as possible, so we hope you will become involved with our events and activities.

LSLA NEWS

Joint Lecture with the LCLCBA

The lecture arranged with the LCLCBA took place on 4 July 2012.  The Hon Mr Justice Foskett chaired an informative panel discussion entitled “What’s happening on settlement – a panel discussion on recent developments in the sphere of Part 36 and Contracts of Compromise”Sir David Foskett is the editor of the leading text on compromise, “The Law and Practice of Compromise”.  The lively debate included contributions from the speakers, Rosemary Jackson QC, Robert Weir QC, Steven Ford QC and Nigel Jones QC and was well received by the audience both from the LSLA and LCLCBA.

Autumn Lecture Series

We are putting together the Autumn Lecture Series for which several eminent speakers and current topics are being considered.  We shall provide you with further details when these are available. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for speakers or topics, please send them to Alex Luke on lsla@aklsearch.co.uk.

Annual Dinner – 27 November 2012

The Annual Dinner will take place at the Law Society on 27 November 2012, so please reserve this date in your diaries.  This year to mark our 60th Anniversary the speakers will be:-

  • Jonathan Djanogly, the former solicitor and now Under-Secretary of State for Justice; and
  • Lord Falconer, the barrister, Labour politician and former Lord Chancellor. 

Application forms for tickets should be sent to you shortly.  The dinner is usually very popular so please make sure you order tickets promptly to avoid missing out.

Consultation Papers

BIS: the Department for Business Innovation and Skills issued a consultation paper in April seeking views on its proposals for options for reform including those to:

  • “Establish the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) as a major venue for competitions actions in the UK…
  • Introduce an opt-out collective actions regime for competition law…
  • Promote Alternative Dispute resolution to ensure the courts are the option of last resort;
  • Ensure private actions complement the public enforcement regime”

The LSLA has submitted a response.  A copy of the consultation papers can be found at http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/consumer-issues/docs/p/12-742-private-actions-in-competition-law-consultation.pdf and you can see our response by clicking here.

LSLA Membership

Application Forms to renew membership or for new members should have already been sent to you.  In case you have not received these a further copy is attached.

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

We have now joined the JLSLA by having a profile on LinkedIn.  We have kept this as a members’ only group 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

  • Law Society: Civil Justice Section conference “Litigators: survive and thrive”

Members are offered a £100 discount (on the PC holder delegate fee rate) for the conference which is due to be held on 18 October 2012 at the Law Society.  The conference attracts 6.5hrs CPD.

The conference will explore emerging markets for civil litigators, fresh approaches to marketing our services and some current hot topics.  The comprehensive programme will cover: new areas of litigation to target (eg cross border litigation, group litigation/collective redress, small scale patent work, contentious probate and insolvency), advocacy, litigation funding, profile raising using the press and media, a possible view of the future from Australia (how alternative business structures operate and how a mature litigation funding market works in group litigation, based on collective redress), procedural updates (including hot tubbing, e-disclosure and life after referral fees) and tips for gaining work from in-house lawyers.

To book your place and claim your discount please email zara.douglas@lawsociety.org.uk and for more information about the course see http://services.lawsociety.org.uk/events/node/54940.

  • Global Financial Institutions Litigation Conference 2012: A Strategic Look at Developments in Cases and Disputes Impacting Global Businesses

Members are offered a 20% discount on the conference which is presented by IBC Legal Conferences and takes place on 25 October in London.


16 speakers will provide advice on the latest developments in litigation, including the latest cases and disputes involving banks and other financial bodies. Amongst the topics to be discussed are: the global financial crisis and sovereign debt, mis-selling of financial products, trends in financial services litigation, the FSA’s review of financial crime, litigation or arbitration of financial disputes, litigation funding and the new contingency rules, insolvency and restructuring litigation and ISDA determinations and counterparty.

For a full copy of the agenda see http://www.ibclegal.com/event/Global-Financial-Institutions-Litigation-Conference-2012-london?xtssot=0.  IBC Legal says that for the best prices you should book by 24August 2012 and to claim your 20% LSLA saving please quote VIP code: FKW82323LSLE when booking.

  • “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

Pub Quiz

The JLSLA and junior members of the Chancery Bar Association held a pub quiz on 19 July 2012.  The evening was a lot of fun and provided an excellent opportunity for junior litigators and barristers to meet and get to know each other.

Future Events

The JLSLA is planning a lecture and more formal dinner in October 2012.  Details will be circulated when available.

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

Over the past month Committee Members of the LSLA have appeared in and written articles for several publications including:

The Times: Oligarch Litigation and London – Graham Huntley was quoted in a Times Law feature (print and online) looking at oligarch litigation in London and Russian authority’s resistance to so many cases being heard outside Russia.