London Solicitors Litigation Association

May 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.

The opportunity has arisen for applications for membership to the LSLA committee for those wanting to take a more active role in the association.  Further details are set out below. 


Spring and Summer Lectures

Tickets recently went on sale for our Spring and Summer Lectures.  These are usually very popular so we urge members to book early to avoid missing out.

Lectures planned are:

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members.  Anyone can apply to attend the lectures via the website – – or using the attached form.  The lectures count for CPD purposes. The cost is £20 per event or £70 for all four (non-members £25 or £90).

Further details and an application form are attached.

Summer Party – 22 June 2015 – SAVE THE DATE

Following the success of last year’s event we are planning another summer party, this time on 22 June 2015 at Sushi Samba at the Heron Tower.  We shall circulate details when they are available, but in the meantime make a note in your diary to save the date.


JLSLA Spring Seminar – 24 March 2015

As usual, the first JLSLA seminar of 2015 entitled “Well begun is half done – How to get off to a flying start” was both well attended and received.  Speakers Jo Box (Brick Court), David Kearns (Expert Investigations), Tom Davey (QLP Legal) and Leigh Callaway (Irwin Mitchell) addressed key considerations at a pre-action stage, including identifying and investigating potential defendants and jurisdictional considerations.

JLSLA & Brick Court Poker Evening – 15 April 2015

The JLSLA together with Brick Court Chambers held a poker evening for all levels of ability.  The popular event provided an opportunity to learn how to play or boost skills.  Food and drink was served throughout the evening, prizes were won and a good time had by all. 

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.  We shall let you know the results when they are available.


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 opportunity has arisen for the Committee to co-opt another three members.  If you are interested in apply for membership and feel you have the time and drive necessary to make a positive contribution to the association please contact President, John Bramhall on, or past President, Francesca Kaye on


Commercial Court: Length of Skeleton Arguments for Applications

The Commercial Court Guide has been amended to limit the length of skeleton arguments for applications to the Commercial Court. A copy of the Court’s notice is attached.

In respect of heavy applications, skeleton arguments should not be more than 25 pages long. If there is good reason, the Court will give permission for a longer skeleton.  Any application for permission should be made on paper, sufficiently in advance of the deadline for service, so that the court is able to rule upon the application before the skeleton must be served 

For ordinary applications, skeleton should not without good reason be more than 15 pages long.


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