London Solicitors Litigation Association

July 2015

Dear Member

Welcome to this month’s newsletter informing you about some of our future events and reporting on some of those which have taken place recently.


JLSLA – Summer Lecture – 16 July 2015 – LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

"A Brave New World: social media, marketing and new technology, the challenges and opportunities for solicitors" 

With a panel including Chrissie Lightfoot (author of the “Naked Lawyer” series), Kevin Poulter (editor at the Solicitors Journal) and Mark Flanagan of Portland (formerly Head of Strategic Communications at Downing Street), the JLSLA plan a lively discussion to consider: how to build your social media profile effectively, cover over your past sins and stay the right side of the law (and your employer); how law firms manage their social media internally and externally; and the role of social media as part of your clients’ wider social media strategies, including in times of crisis.

Registration is from 6pm with the event starting at 6:30pm.  Hosted by Slaughter and May, One Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8YY the discussion will be followed by drinks and canapés on the firm’s roof terrace (weather permitting). 

To apply for tickets please visit us online or complete and return the attached form.


Spring and Summer Lectures

Our Spring and Summer Lectures were, as usual, extremely popular and well attended.  The lectures included:

Summer Party – 22 June 2015

With cocktails and stunning views of the city by day and by night our summer party was a resounding success.  A big thank you to everyone involved in the organisation and to Navigant for providing sponsorship for the evening. 


The Shorter and Earlier Trials Procedure Initiative

Judges from the Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court, the Chancery Division and Queen’s Bench Division general list were asked by the Chancellor to investigate possible procedures which could be adopted in order to achieve shorter and earlier trials.  

Given the potential length of litigation and the inherent costs incurred, the LSLA responded to the consultation in favour of procedures by which trials of certain matters may be heard within a shorter period of time.  To see a copy of our response go to


Thank you to all of you who sent us your CVs.  We are considering these and shall get back to you as soon as possible. 


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

Copies of these articles will also appear on our website. 


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, Caroline Field, at

The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at