London Solicitors Litigation Association

March 2015

Dear Member,

Welcome to this month’s newsletter informing you about some of our future events and reporting on some of those which have taken place recently.


JLSLA Spring Seminar – 24 March 2015

The first JLSLA seminar of 2015 entitled “Well begun is half done – How to get off to a flying start” will feature speakers Jo Box (Brick Court), David Kearns (Expert Investigations), Tom Davey (QLP Legal) and Leigh Callaway (Irwin Mitchell).  The seminar plans to address key considerations at a pre-action stage, including identifying and investigating potential defendants and jurisdictional considerations.

Further details and an application for tickets are attached.

JLSLA & Brick Court Poker Evening – 15 April 2015

Together with Brick Court Chambers the JLSLA are planning a poker evening for all levels of ability or simply to learn how to play.  Food and drink will be served throughout the evening and there are also prizes to be won in the tournament.

As there are limits to the number of players, tickets are limited to 5 per firm and cost £10 for members and £15 for non-members.  You can apply for tickets on our website or alternatively fill out the attached form which contains further details on the evening.

Spring Lecture Series

We are currently putting together the series.  In the meantime, reserve the dates of:

  • 30 April 2015 for Tim Lord QC of Brick Court Chambers on banking law; and
  • 11 May 2015 for Hodge Malek QC of 39 Essex Street discussing elements of privilege and evidence.

Full details and an application form for tickets will be sent to you in due course.

Summer Party

Following the success of last year’s even we are planning on holding another summer party in June 2015.  We shall circulate details when they are available.


Autumn Lecture Series

Our Autumn lecture series is now complete.  The two final lectures were, as usual, very popular.

  • In January Michael Fealy QC of One Essex Court Chambers discussed “Termination of Contracts: Pitfalls and Traps to Avoid” ; and
  • in February Steven Gee QC of Stone Chambers presented upon “Injunctions and Recent Developments in Interim Relief”.  A copy of the notes he handed out during the evening are available at

LSLA/NLJ Litigation Trends Survey

The recent dramatic increase in court fees formed the basis of our third survey arranged in conjunction with the New Law Journal.  Thank you to all of you who took part, and we encourage all our members to participate over the next few days before it closes.  We shall let you know the results when they are available.

Joint LSLA and LCLCBA Seminar – Wednesday 11 March 2015

On 11 March 2015 the LSLA was joined by the LCLCBA for a joint seminar on costs budgeting entitled “Don’t lose out on fees: costs budgeting and how to maximise recovery on assessment”.  Extremely well-attended, the event offered practical, experience-based advice from a costs draftsman, a solicitor, a QC, and a senior costs judge, and covered topics such as how best to prepare your budget, and how to apply to amend it if necessary.  Copies of the materials for the seminar are available on the LSLA website:

AGM and Dinner – Tuesday 17 March 2015

Our AGM and dinner took place, as usual, at the offices of Hogan Lovells on the evening of Tuesday 17 March, 2015.  

We were delighted that our speaker was former LSLA President and Clifford Chance partner, Simon Davis, who has been much in the news of late – inter alia in connection with the Davis Report – concerning the now infamous announcement by the FCA of an investigation into the insurance industry.  Simon was, as ever, engaging and, but for the Chatham House format, we would have shared details of his speech.


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

Copies of these articles will also appear on our website.


The State Bar of California – Free Seminar 21 April 2015 “Complex Litigation in the High Court”

Members of the State Bar of California are holding their biennial “A week in London” programme offering Californian litigators the opportunity to experience the English legal system and engage in seminars provided by members of the London legal community. 

It is inviting members of the LSLA to attend a free seminar on 21 April 2015 entitled “Complex Litigation in the High Court” at the Law Society between 4:30pm and 6:00pm with a cocktail reception to follow. 

The panel of Tim Lord QC, Michael Crane QC, Joanna Page and Tom Hibberts will be chaired by the honourable Mr Justice Flaux. 

A description of the programme can be found at and you can register to attend the seminar at


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. 

Now that the website has been launched we are working on providing feeds to our LinkedIn and Twitter addresses.


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. 

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 Chris Bushell at if you would like to take out corporate membership.


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