London Solicitors Litigation Association
Welcome to the LSLA newsletter. You will find below details of some of our most recent activities and those we have planned for the future. We also refer to some legal issues which might affect you.
Annual Dinner – 23 November 2010
Our forthcoming Autumn lecture series is now well under way and has proved very popular. All our lectures were sold out.
Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC spoke on the “The Defamation Bill” on 8 November 2010. In an informative talk he explained the principles underlying his Defamation Reform Bill 2010 and what he saw to the future of defamation actions with the aim of reforming libel laws to provide a "fair balance" between freedom of expression and protection of reputation.
On Thursday 25 November 2010 Ali Malek reported on “Recent Developments in the doctrine of forum non conveniens”.
Due to popular demand we had to arrange for a larger venue for the lecture given on Monday 29 November 2010 by Charles Hollander QC concerning “Recent Developments in Disclosure and Privilege”. Mr Hollander examined a number of recent development in disclosure and privilege, including disclosure in the Facebook age; e-disclosure and its shortcomings; disclosure from groups of companies; without prejudice - Oceanbulk Shipping v TMT Asia; the case for a special privilege for mediation; and privilege in the context of in-house lawyers- Akzo Nobel.
The only lecture still to take place will be on Tuesday 7 December 2010 by Richard Lissack QC on “A New Approach to Financial Regulation: Judgment, Focus and Stability”. Tickets are unfortunately now sold out.
In a change from previous years the lecture shall take place at the offices of Carter Lemon Camerons LLP at 10 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HJ.
The event was so well received that we decided have decided to repeat it sometime next year.
“Introduce the recommendations in Lord Justice Jackson’s review of civil litigation costs.
"Restrict the operation of referral agencies and personal injury lawyers and control the volume and type of advertising.
"Clarify (through legislation if necessary) that people will not be held liable for any consequences due to well-intentioned voluntary acts on their part.
The call to introduce the recommendations of Lord Justice Jackson would see a change in the recoverability of success fees under CFAs. Lord Young’s recommendations have been accepted by the prime minister and cabinet.
Justice Jackson’s Recommendations”.
The aim of the recommendations was to reduce costs whilst still enabling access to justice to those who need it. Notable amongst the recommendations are that CFA success fees and after the event insurance should cease to be recoverable from the opposing party in litigation and contingency fees should be permitted for Court litigation.
programme of reforms proposed. The proposals aim is to target legal aid to those who most need it and include the options to no longer cover (amongst other claims) clinical negligence,
consumer and general contract, employment, housing and immigration.
The consultation looks at the LSB's assessment of gathered evidence and considers whether there should be a ban on referral fees in the conveyancing and personal injury markets, whether fee sharing is reducing quality in criminal advocacy and whether current disclosure arrangements work effectively.
Committee members of the LSLA have had several press articles published over the past month including: