London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA) – Membership Renewal 2018
Membership of the LSLA runs for a calendar year and so it is now time for you to renew your membership for the period January to December 2018. As was the case last year, the subscription for individual membership is £20 per person, which remains extremely good value. We do also have a £500 corporate subscription which allows firms to include as many litigation solicitors based in London as members of our association as they wish, and this is proving popular with the larger firms. At present, your firm has not taken out a corporate subscription, but if it would like to do so please contact the Membership Secretary, Chris Bushell, by email on email@example.com.
Otherwise, I should be grateful if you would now arrange to pay your individual membership subscription for 2018 by going to the membership section of our website at www.lsla.co.uk. Under the heading "Renewal Form", please type in your email address and press "Renew", and then follow the instructions for membership renewal and payment. Please note that as a members run organisation we are not able to issue invoices. We suggest you provide this email to your accounts department together with your order confirmation for your online payment.
As previously, we have our excellent biannual series of lectures. Many thanks to Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons for hosting, and to Natalie Osafo at Slaughter and May for organising. The lectures are often oversubscribed as they are an opportunity not only to attend the lectures themselves but also to meet and speak to both the speakers and other LSLA members afterwards over drinks, so please do watch out for the email, and book early for the next lecture series.
Look out for details of other forthcoming events, which will include the AGM Dinner, the Summer Party and the Annual Dinner at the Law Society.
CONSULTATION AND LAW REFORM
The LSLA continues to be a leading voice for litigators not just in Greater London, but also across the UK and abroad. The last two years have been particularly challenging for the profession and UK Civil Justice, particularly in light of the challenges presented by Brexit. The LSLA has played a central role in seeking to address these challenges, in partnership with the judiciary. For example, the LSLA contributed to an advisory report produced by a Judge-led working group for the Ministry of Justice regarding the implications of Brexit on UK Civil Justice in 2016. In addition, the LSLA helped to devise and draft the Short and Flexible Trials Scheme. Over the last year, the LSLA President, along with two members of the Judiciary have drafted proposals to replace Part 31 with an entirely new set of rules for disclosure across the Business and Property Courts. The LSLA has a critical role to play in representing the views and needs of our members across all aspects of Civil Litigation in London. With the support of our members (whose numbers are increasing) we will continue to do our best to bring our influence to bear.
As a representative body the LSLA is growing fast. In particular, the Junior LSLA for members of 8 years PQE or less has been hugely popular since its launch in 2011. The JLSLA continues to arrange lectures and social events, including with Junior Bar Groups.
The LSLA is one of the oldest solicitors' representation groups and continues to hold a unique position which has enabled it over the years to bring influence to bear on behalf of its members. Its current membership consists of over 2,400 individual members ranging from solicitors who are sole practitioners to those in the largest national and international practices in London. It is a broad church and it is that breadth, but with a focus on London, that has over the years made it so successful in representing its members' interests.
We hope to continue that work with your support.
President of the LSLA