London Solicitors Litigation Association

October 2012

Welcome to this month’s edition of the LSLA Newsletter.  Below are details of some of our recent and forthcoming events together with some offers and discounts we have arranged for you on legal courses and books.

The LSLA aims to be as inclusive to members as possible, so we hope you will become involved with our events and activities.


Annual Dinner – 27 November 2012

The Annual Dinner will take place at the Law Society on 27 November 2012.  This year to mark our 60th Anniversary the speakers will include Lord Falconer, the barrister, Labour politician and former Lord Chancellor. 

We have also arranged for the Leo Green Experience to entertain us after dinner.  Those who attended our Summer Party at the Lido in Kensington will remember Leo and his band.  Leo has worked with almost every major musical figure of the twentieth and twenty first century including: Jerry Lee Lewis, Van Morrison, Sir Paul McCartney, Sting and Robbie Williams. The legendary guitarist Jeff Beck has said "Leo Green has to be one of the best and craziest saxophonists ever".

Tickets are selling fast, but there are still a few remaining.  If you have not already applied a copy of the application form is attached.  We have held the ticket price from last year for this black tie event to £95 for members and non-members.

Autumn Lecture Series

The Autumn Lecture Series has just been announced and comprises:

  • 20 November 2012 – “Arbitration and the English Courts – recent developments”  by Khawar Qureshi QC
  • 26 November 2012 – “Appeals: Practice, recent developments and pit falls” by David Mabb QC
  • 13 December 2012 – “The constructive trust after Sinclair –v- Versailles and FHR European Ventures – has it survived?” by Matthew Collings QC
  • 18 December 2012 – “Jurisdiction battles in financial services disputes”  by Richard Handyside QC

The lecture by David Mabb QC on 26 November will be held at the Auditorium at Hogan Lovells, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG.  All other lectures will be held at the Auditorium at Herbert Smith, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2HS.  The lectures start at 6pm and last approximately one hour to include a period for questions at the end and are followed by drinks.

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members.  Tickets cost £20 for members and £25 for non-members or for all four lectures: £70 for members and £90 for non-members.

Click here for the flyer and an application form for the lecture series.

Lecture on the implementation of the Jackson Reforms - 22 January 2012

We are pleased to announce that Mr Justice Ramsey has agreed to speak at an event to consider the implementation of Lord Justice Jackson’s review of the rules and principles governing the costs of civil litigation. 

The reforms are due to be implemented in April 2013 and will have a major impact on the manner in which we conduct cases.  The talk is designed to help us prepare for these important changes.

Details of the reforms can be found at

We shall circulate an application form for tickets in the near future.  In the meantime, please make a note in your diaries of what should be an interesting and helpful talk.

LSLA Membership

Application forms to renew membership or for new members should have already been sent to you.  In case you have not received yours a further copy is attached.

Volunteers wanted to assist on the LSLA Subcommittees

There are several newly established subcommittees of the LSLA including:

  • Events (social/dinners and education/lectures);
  • Communications (social media, website, newsletter, publications and PR consultants);
  • Law & Consultations; and
  • Bar Liaison, Court User Groups and other groups. 

Each subcommittee shall ideally be comprised of members of the LSLA Committee and other members of the LSLA.  In previous months’ newsletters we have sought volunteers to assist on these subcommittees.  The responses are being considered, but it is not too late for you to help. If you are interested in becoming involved with one of our subcommittees, please contact Alex Luke on identifying in which subcommittee you are interested.

List of Supervising Solicitors

As you might know 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.  Please send your details to Alex Luke at

LSLA on Twitter

Our user name is LSLA1.   Do follow us, as we are tweeting information about the LSLA's events and lectures, submissions to consultations, and news of interest to litigators.  Please also encourage colleagues, friends and firms to do the same.

LSLA on LinkedIn

We have now joined the JLSLA by having a profile on LinkedIn.  We have kept this as a members’ only group so there might be a slight delay in your being able to use the site initially.  The site will be used to:

  1.  provide a members only discussion forum;
  2. encourage feedback and participation in consultations/debates;
  3. disseminate details of forthcoming events (including lectures, dinners etc.);
  4. circulate LSLA and JLSLA news;
  5. provide links to articles written by our members; and
  6. update members on any legal issues of interest.

Please do join our group at the following link: and encourage other members to do so.  The profile for the JLSLA is at

Offers to Members

Butterworths Conferences: Costs & Litigation Funding Forum 2012

Wednesday 31 October 2012, Central London, 6hrs CPD

A 15% discount is offered to LSLA members (bringing the price down to £424).

Billed as “an essential update on changes taking place in the litigation arena”, the conference will be chaired by His Honour Michael Cook, author of “Cook on Costs”.  The Speaker panel includes Master Peter Haworth of the Senior Courts Costs Office and His Honour Judge Simon Brown QC, a specialist Mercantile Judge, who will provide guidance on the key changes to the costs and litigation funding landscape to maximise opportunities post the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Jonathan Djanogly MP, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice shall also discuss the reform of civil litigation costs and funding.

To book your place email quoting LSLA to receive your 15% discount.  For general inquiries pleased call +44 (0) 845 520 5500.  You can also find out more information at

Invitation to the 10th Slynn Foundation Lecture

Monday 12 November 2012 6pm at Clifford Chance

The Slynn Foundation is inviting members of the LSLA to a free lecture to be given by The Lord Philips of Worth Matravers KG PC on the topic of “The Supreme Court: Reflections on the First Three Years”.  Admission is free and seats will be allocated on a first-come basis.  Pre-registration is required by emailing anne.ashworth@cliffordchance.comA copy of the invitation is attached.

The Slynn Foundation works to provide links between the English legal system and the legal systems in Central and Eastern Europe by: promoting conferences seminars and judicial exchanges; creating post-graduate fellowships in English law to young lawyers from European countries; and organising a series of annual lectures given by leading legal experts.  To find out more about the Slynn Foundation see

SCL-The IT Community - Mr Justice Akenhead, "Technology and Dispute Resolution”  Wednesday 16 January 2013 6.30 pm at SNR Denton LLP, London 1hr CPD

Reduced rate offered to member of £35 + VAT (£42).

Mr Justice Akenhead, Judge in Charge, Technology and Construction Court, will speak in an event chaired by John Linneker, a Partner of SNR Denton UK LLP on the topic of “Judges and Technology: Friends and Foes”. 

Sir Robert Akenhead will speak about the burdens and benefits that he finds flow from technology and the impact this has on the role of a modern judge. Given his unique perspective, Sir Robert will have many interesting insights on the perils of inadequate (and overly detailed) e-disclosure, the role of technology in effective case management, the diverse nature of electronic evidence, e-filing and best practice in technical disputes more generally.

The talk offers you an opportunity to gain an insight into judicial thinking and the requirements of the TCC.

Full details appear on the SCL web site at:

To book your place and take advantage of the reduced rate please email your booking to stating that you are a member of the LSLA.  It is not possible to book online and still obtain the reduced rate. 

“Shareholder Claims” by David Greene

One of our former Presidents and current Committee Member, David Greene, has written a book entitled “Shareholder Claims”.  Click on to see a copy of the leaflet explaining the matters covered in it.


Jordan Publishing is offering LSLA members a 10% discount on the book.  To claim this discount, you must enter the promotion code 'S502X' at the checkout stage of an online order. Alternatively you can order the book by telephone by calling 0117 918 1492. Jordan has also said that it would be happy to discuss a further discount on bulk orders. If you would like more information on this, please call their sales team on 0117 918 1555.


JLSLA Autumn Bash

On 25 October 2012, members and their guests enjoyed a champagne reception and three course meal with live music at Portal Bar & Restaurant.  The event marked the first and a very successful year for the JLSLA.

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, Nikki Edwards, at

Recent Press

Since our last newsletter Committee Members of the LSLA  and JLSLA have appeared in and written articles for several publications including:

Autumn 2012, Young Lawyer, Forecasting the Future by Lee Callaway.