Welcome to this month’s newsletter in which we feature some of our future events and report on those which have happened recently.
At the AGM earlier this month we elected a new president, John Bramhall. We thank our past president, Francesca Kaye, for her hard work and leadership over the last two years.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website and invite you to visit it at http://www.lsla.co.uk/. You can find further details below.
The newsletter also contains information on the revised bar contract and applications for QC, so please read on.
AGM and Dinner
Amendment of the Constitution
We have amended our constitution to allow foreign qualified lawyers and employed barristers practising as litigators in Greater London to apply for membership. Having considered this issue over a couple of years we believe the amendments reflect the manner in which many of our practices have developed.
Most of the current members of the committee have been re-elected. We thank Mark Clark, Colin Gibson and Fraser Whitehead for their work with and commitment to the association as they step down from the committee and welcome Roger Franklin, Jeremy Mash and Andy McGregor who were elected on to it
Colin Jaque, who has been one of our Honorary Auditors for many years, is also stepping down and shall be replaced by Richard Fox. We also thank Colin for his valuable contribution to the association.
Lord Justice Briggs was our speaker this year. His final report into the proposed modernisation of the Chancery Division was published on 17 December 2013 (see http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/media/media-releases/2013/jo-press-release-cmr-final-report).
The Chatham House rule applies to his talk so we cannot report on it in any detail.
New Law Journal Survey
At the end of last year, the results of the survey we, along with the New Law Journal, conducted of members’ views of the Jackson Reforms received wide publicity and it is probably fair to say caused a bit of a stir.
Our second joint survey looking at how much has been achieved or has changed as we approach the first anniversary of the Reforms closed at the end of last month. We shall let you know the results once they have been analysed.
JLSLA Spring Seminar
Entitled “How to Deal with an Insecure Client: Top Tips on Making and Resisting Security for Costs Applications” the JLSLA’s spring seminar featured speakers Lina Mattsson (Hardwicke Chambers), Oliver Gayner (Litigation Funding Manager, Burford Capital) and Mark Thomas (Law Costs Draftsman, Evolution Costs).
The seminar was an informal and practical guide to the issues facing clients and their legal advisors when applying or resisting applications for security for costs. The panel provided their top hints and tips on how to deal with common problems and pitfalls and the seminar was well received.
Spring Lecture Series
We are currently putting together our Spring Lecture Series which we hope to announce in the near future.
The Slynn Foundation – 17 March 2014
The Slynn Foundation works to provide links between the English legal system and those in Central and Eastern Europe. It is holding an open forum to consider “Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Human Rights and the Future” on 17 March 2014 at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU. The evening will be chaired by the Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead KT and the panel members will be the Rt Hon Sir David Edwards KCMG QC, the Rt Hon Sir Konrad Schiemann and the Rt Hon Dame Mary Arden DBE,
The evening commences at 6:15pm and will be followed by a drinks reception. Admission is free but as seating is limited it will be allocated on a first come basis. To pre-register please email Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the flyer for the evening is attached.
Our previous summer parties have been a great success and offer members the opportunity to meet each other and discuss current issues and simply to enjoy themselves. We are planning a party in early summer and shall provide you with details as soon as these are available.
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.
UPDATED BAR CONTRACT
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 http://www.citysolicitors.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=159&Itemid=471.
APPLICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT TO QUEEN’S COUNSEL 2014/15
The Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel has launched this year’s competition for appointment as Queen’s Counsel. The application form and Guidance for Applicants may be downloaded from the QCA website at www.qcapplications.org.uk
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 15 April 2014. This is a strict deadline and applications after that date and time will not be accepted. On current expectations the outcome of the applications is likely to be announced in the early part of 2015.
The scheme is entirely self-financing. To cover the costs of the process, there is a mandatory application fee of £1,800 (+ VAT). There will be a further appointment fee of £3,000 (+ VAT) paid by successful applicants only.
The Panel welcomes applications from groups that are under-represented in Silk including women, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. They also welcome applications from solicitor advocates and employed advocates.
The Secretariat is happy to answer any queries or provide advice on the process or on making an application. If you require further information please ring 020 7831 0020 or send an email to email@example.com
LSLA – RECENT PRESS
Since our last newsletter, committee members of the LSLA and JLSLA have written various articles for national publications including:
- 18 February 2014, Solicitors Journal, “Mitchell: a Survival Guide” by Georgina Squire (see http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/crime/procedure/mitchell-survival-guide);
- 21 February 2014, New Law Journal, “The Way Forward” by Deirdre MacNamara (see http://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/nlj/content/way-forward)
- 3 March 2014. The Law Society Gazette, featured quotes from past presidents, Francesca Kaye and David Greene in its article entitled “Litigation Funding: calling for backup” (see http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/litigation-funding-calling-for-backup/5040166.article)
The association was also mentioned in Litigation Future’s piece on the importance of foreign litigants and the commercial court (see http://www.litigationfutures.com/news/figures-highlight-importance-foreign-litigants-commercial-court)
Our new website is now up and running. Please do visit it at http://www.lsla.co.uk/.
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 on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take out corporate membership.
You can also join the LSLA by visiting our website at http://www.lsla.co.uk/.
LIST OF SUPERVISING SOLICITORS
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 email@example.com.
The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Junior-London-Solicitors-Litigation-Association-4438638/about?trk=anet_ug_grppro