LSLA

London Solicitors Litigation Association

June 2012

LSLA News

60th Anniversary Events:

60th Anniversary Summer Party - 26 June 2012

You are all invited to celebrate our anniversary at the Lido Terrace on the Serpentine in Hyde Park.  Members may bring non-member guests and there is no limit to the number of tickets available for each member, so you can invite clients, contacts and other guests.

It is an informal evening for members of the LSLA and their guests with a Jazz Band and Barbeque. 

A copy of the invitation is attached.

Joint Lecture with the LCLCBA – 4 July 2012

With the LCLCBA we have arranged a lecture to take place on 4 July 2012 at which the Hon Mr Justice Foskett shall be chairing a 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 speakers are Rosemary Jackson QC, Robert Weir QC, Steven Ford QC and Nigel Jones QC.

A copy of the application form for tickets is attached.

Autumn Debate

We are also planning a debate in the Autumn.  Several eminent speakers are being considered.  We shall provide you with further details when these are available.

Other Events and Activities:

Spring Lecture Series

The Spring Lecture Series is nearing its conclusion.  Three lectures have taken place.

On 14 May 2012 Hugh Tomlinson QC addressed the topical subject of “Hacking, blagging and bribing: information gathering and the public interest” by explaining recent developments in the law relating to information gathering and use in the light of the recent phone hacking and other scandals.

Timothy Dutton QC and James McClelland presented a discussion on 21 May about significant recent examples of the English Court’s  involvement in the regulation of the financial services industry and the broader trends of litigation in this developing area.  A copy of their presentation “The Courts’ involvement in the regulation of financial markets” can be found by clicking here.

On 29 May Daniel Toledano QC gave a lecture on “Closing out equity options: The recent Commercial Court decision in Euroption v SEB”.  In the Euroption case, the Claimant investment fund had built up a huge portfolio of equity index options which were cleared by the Defendant bank.  In October 2008, at a time of great turbulence and unprecedented volatility in the markets, Euroption was unable to pay its margin call and the bank closed out the entire portfolio.  Euroption ended up receiving back from the bank about €2m but claimed that the bank’s actions had caused it a loss of about €135m.  Daniel’s talk addressed Gloster J’s conclusions and their implications. A copy of the presentation can be seen by clicking here.

The remaining lecture on 19 June 2012 - “What are Wrotham Park damages, and why?” by Anthony de Garr Robinson QC - will examine the judicial basis for Wrotham Park damages (also known as negotiation or licence fee damages) and the circumstances in which it can be appropriate to award them for breach of contract.

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

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.  We shall send you further details in due course.

Volunteers wanted to assist on the LSLA Subcommittees

There are several newly established sub-committees 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 last month’s newsletter we sought volunteers to assist on these subcommittees.  These 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.

List of Supervising Solicitors

As you might know the White Book refers to the LSLA maintaining details of individuals who may 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.   Please do follow us, as we are tweeting information about 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.

“Shareholder Claims” by David Greene – Offer to members

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

Wine Tasting Evening - 3 May 2012

The JLSLA and Junior COMBAR held a successfully wine tasting evening on 3 May.  The night provided an excellent opportunity for junior members to meet each other and junior members of the Commercial Bar. 

Lecture – 13 June 2012

The latest in the JSLA “How To” series took place on 13 June 2012 and concerned “hot tubbing” or the giving of concurrent expert evidence in Court.  “Hot tubbing” is highly topical at the moment and the lecture was informative and practical.

Future Event

A pub quiz for members will be held jointly by the JLSLA and junior Chancery Bar Association in July.  Further details will be circulated shortly.

Membership

The JLSLA is aimed at solicitors of 8 years PQE and less.  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.

Legal News

Draft Defamation Bill

The Consultation period on the draft Defamation Bill closed on 10 June 2012.  The bill has attracted much publicity over the past few weeks and we await the outcome of the consultation.  Details about the bill and scope of the consultation can be found at http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/draft-defamation-bill.

Law Society Note - Litigants in Person

The Law Society recently circulated its new practice note on dealing with litigants in person, which contains advice on how we, as solicitors, can manage our duties to the Court and our client whilst dealing with litigants in person.  A copy of the note can be viewed on-line at http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/newsandevents/news/view=newsarticle.law?NEWSID=446459

Recent Press

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

  • 15 May 2012, Solicitors’ Journal, “The Courts will not tolerate “fishing expeditions” in pre-action disclosure” by Georgina Squire – see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/node/12870;
  • 29 May 2012, New Law Journal, mentioned Anthony de Garr Robinson’s forthcoming lecture about Wrotham damages.