London Solicitors Litigation Association

June 2019

Welcome to our latest newsletter sending you information about future events and letting you know about our recent activities. 

First we should like to congratulate past-president Francesca Kaye on her appointment as a Chancery Master.


LSLA Summer/Autumn Lecture Series

Bookings are now being taken for our latest lecture series.  The lectures are usually sold out so book early to avoid missing out.

  • Thursday 20 June 2019 - Unfair prejudice petitions: some tricks of the trade to be delivered by Daniel Lightman QC of Serle Court which will be held at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Tuesday 9 July 2019 - Breaking ground in fraud recovery claims: international pursuit of cyber fraudsters and litigation against 'Persons Unknown' from Paul Lowenstein QC of 20 Essex Street Chambers.  Venue to be Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Thursday 5 September 2019 - Enough is enough?  Setting aside a judgment for fraud
    by Neil Hext QC and Tom Shepherd of 4 New Square.  Venue: Hogan Lovells LLP
  • Tuesday 22 October 2019 - Developments in vicarious liability from Andrew Ayres QC of Maitland Chambers to be held at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Tuesday 26 November 2019 - Good faith - how good do commercial parties have to be? by David Quest QC and Ian Wilson QC of 3 Verulam Buildings to take place at Hogan Lovells LLP

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members. Anyone can apply for tickets via the website or using the attached form (a confirmatory email will be sent a few days before the lecture to confirm your booking). The cost is £20 per event or £90 for all five (non-members £25 or £115).


London International Disputes Week

Many of our committee members and past presidents contributed to events during the inaugural London International Disputes Week between 7-10 May.  The events sold out and the aim of promoting the capital as a leading centre for handling international disputes, through a programme of interactive sessions and networking events was amply achieved.

JLSLA Summer Party – 29 May 2019

With thanks to the sponsor Inventus, the JLSLA hosted another extremely successful event at the Sky Bar at the Leonardo Hotel.  Members and their guests enjoyed a great selection of drinks and food – the ice creams being given a particular mention – and the opportunity to mingle with contemporaries in a relaxed environment.

JLSLA and CIArb YMG Seminar - 5 June 2019

The JLSLA hosted its first joint event with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group on 5 June at White & Case.  The seminar provided an opportunity for junior litigators and arbitration lawyers to exchange ideas and reflect on the challenges and trends in each form of dispute resolution.  Many thanks to the panellists - Paula Hodges QC (Head of Global Arbitration, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP), Vivek Kapoor (Senior Associate, Stephenson Harwood LLP), Nehali Shah (Barrister, One Essex Court) and Tom Miles  (In-house counsel, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited) - for what was an insightful discussion and to White & Case for hosting.


The LSLA and members of its committee has recently received the following press coverage: 

Please remember to respect the publisher’s and writer’s copyright in the above articles. 


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 JLSLA 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, Natalie Osafo at

Join the JLSLA LinkedIn page to receive updates on JLSLA events and initiatives: 


The LSLA is delighted to announce that the Association’s membership is nearing 3,000 members with well over 1,250 members of the JLSLA with 40 corporate members.   

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 if you would like further information or to take out corporate membership. 

Otherwise, 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. 

Members are also welcome to join the LSLA LinkedIn group at 


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 and


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.


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.


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.