London Solicitors Litigation Association

June 2014

Dear Member

Welcome to this month’s newsletter which contains details of some of our future events and reports on those which have happened recently.  

There are still some tickets left for our lecture tonight given by Michael Beloff QC entitled “Tricks of the trade”  which will be held at Herbert Smith Freehills.  It starts at 6pm so please do attend if you can.



Summer Party – 4 June 2014

We received many compliments following our summer party, not least for the venue which offered great views of the City.  

The evening was a huge success and even the sudden downpour could not put the dampeners on new president John Bramhall’s speech.

Spring Lecture Series

We are now mid-way through our Spring Lecture Series. 

Lectures took place on:

13 May 2014

“The Defamation Act 2013 – sea change, or incremental reforms?” and “‘Beyond defamation, striking the balance: Articles 8 and 10” by James Price QC and Adrienne Page QC of 5RB.

28 May 2014

“Mitchell: The fear factor and how to deal with it” by Alexander Hutton QC of Hailsham Chambers. 

Details of the forthcoming lectures are set out below.

JLSLA/Junior LCLCBA Panel Discussion – 9 June 2014

With tens of reported decisions since Mitchell and criticism of lack of consistency between those decisions, earlier this month the JLSLA and Junior members of COMBAR held a panel discussion to review the implications of the changes to CPR3.9 and recent case law.  Following the form of earlier discussions the event offered practical guidance on preparing supporting evidence for applications and tips for avoiding problems.



Spring Lecture Series

There are still a few tickets left for our remaining lectures:

17 June 2014

“Tricks of the trade” from Michael Beloff QC of Blackstone Chambers. 

30 June 2014

“Fighting the FCA: Developments in regulatory litigation” by Javan Herberg QC of Blackstone Chambers.

The lecture tonight will be held at the Auditorium at Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2HS and that on 30June will be at the Auditorium at Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG.  The lectures start at 6.00pm and will last approximately one hour, to include a period for questions at the end, and will be followed by drinks. 

A copy of the flyer with further details of the lecture and an application form for tickets is attached.  You can also book tickets on our website at

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members.  Anyone can apply for tickets and the lectures count for CPD purposes. If you do not already have a ticket for the entire series, the cost is £20 for members and £25 for non-members.

JLSLA Summer BBQ – 8 July 2014

There are still a few tickets left for the JLSLA Summer BBQ to be held at Olswang’s rooftop terrace.  The evening is a chance for junior members to meet and enjoy the Summer weather (should it appear).  There will be a Pimms bar, which will also serve wine/beer and non-alcoholic beverages, and a BBQ.

The event commences at 6:30pm with the BBQ starting at 7pm.  Tickets are limited so please apply early.  Tickets cost £10 for members and £15 for non-members.  A flyer with further details and application form for tickets is attached. 

Annual Dinner – 26 November 2014

Our Annual Dinner will be held on 26 November 2014.  We shall circulate details in due course, but in the meantime, please reserve the date.



Following regulatory changes, solicitors are increasingly being asked to enter into formal contracts with barristers.  The City of London Law Society and Commercial Bar Association negotiated specimen terms designed to assist in commercial cases.  Those terms have now been updated to build on practical experience, clarify the effect of certain terms, and reflect additional regulatory changes.  A copy of the revised version can be found on the CLLS website at



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

  • May’s edition of CILex Journal referred to the results of our survey with the NLJ under the heading “Everyone’s covering their back post-Mitchell” (see
  • 19 May 2014, Law Society Gazette, Francesca Kaye was quoted in an article concerning Sir Terence Etherton’s comments on calling “time on conferences” (see
  • 11 June, Evening Standard, John Bramhall was quoted in an article entitled “London’s Courts Risk Losing Millions to Middle and Far East Rivals by Imposing Arbitrary Fees” (see
  • 16 June 2014, Law Society Gazette quoted John Bramhall in its article called “Urgent Costs Reviews if Hourly Rates are Cut” (see



Our new website is now up and running.  Please do visit it at

The website 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 new 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.



The form for any new members who wish to join is attached.  If you are 8 years PQE or less you will automatically become a member of the JLSLA if you complete the section of the application form identifying your year of admission.

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 Julian Copeman at if you would like to take out corporate membership. 

You can also join the LSLA by visiting our website at



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