London Solicitors Litigation Association

October 2016

Dear Member

Welcome to this month’s LSLA newsletter informing you of our future events and reporting on some of our recent activities.

Congratulations to Leigh Callaway who has been appointed president of the JLSLA in place of Celina McGregor whom we thank for her hard work and continuing to develop our progressive junior wing.


Summer Party – 14 September 2016

This year’s summer party was another great event as members and their guests enjoyed the panoramic views across the City from the Sky Garden on top of the Walkie-Talkie.

Lecture Series: “What does Brexit mean for the Brussels regime?”  - 21 September 2016

Our lecture series has begun with the successful lecture at the end of last month from Sara Masters QC and Belinda McRae of 20 Essex Street, which considered the options post Brexit for litigation in Europe.

A big thank you to everyone who completed the short questionnaire circulated before the lecture which revealed some interesting results.  We will be reporting back on those, and providing a statement of the LSLA’s position in relation to the implications of Brexit for UK litigation in the next few weeks.

CDR Autumn Lecture Symposium – Key note presentation – 29 September 2016

Our President, Ed Crosse, delivered the key note presentation at the Symposium last month.  He covered what the future might hold for post Brexit litigation as well as current schemes – such as the short trials scheme – to try to improve access to justice and encourage litigation in England and Wales.  For a brief overview of what was said, please click on this link to the CDR Report by Ben Rigby 

JLSLA Lecture “Around the World in 80 Fines: Common concerns and practical tips for dealing with multi-jurisdictional investigations" – 29 September 2016

A carefully selected panel of experienced investigators and regulatory lawyers discussed the lessons they have learned from dealing with investigations all around the world and passed on tips for those dealing with regulators, all with different substantive and procedural rules, approaches and expectations.


JLSLA – “Day of the Dead” Autumn Bash – 3 November 2016

Experience the transformation of the Carousel Restaurant into a Day of the Dead fiesta, including a creative modern menu with a Mexican twist created by ex-Moro Head Chef Ollie Templeton, and Margaritas to die for. Dinner and drinks will be served surrounded by the colour and chaos of the festival’s traditional ofrendas, marigolds and sugar skulls.

Tickets cost £55 per head for members and £65 per head for non-members. The ticket includes a welcome cocktail (or beer), three course dinner and wine throughout dinner. There will also be a bar available before and after dinner.

To apply for tickets please visit our website at or complete the attached form.

Annual Dinner – 23 November 2016

Our ever popular flagship event shall take place at the Law Society and we are delighted that Briggs LJ and Joshua Rozenberg have agreed to speak this year. 

Tickets cost £95 per head including champagne before and wine during the meal. There will also be a bar after the dinner for those who wish to stay on, with carriages at 11.30pm.   

To apply for tickets please visit our website at or complete the attached form.  There are still a few tickets left but they are selling out fast so an early booking is advisable…

Autumn/Winter Lecture Series

  • 28 November 2016 – “‘Recent Developments in Banking Law (2016)”

    Sonia Tolaney QC of One Essex Court will be talking about recent developments in banking law, including class actions and case law in relation to financial instruments and transactions.
  • 14 December 2016 - “Lawyers’ duties to the Court and to opponents: lessons from the Nightjack saga”
    Timothy Dutton QC of Fountain Court Chambers will explore the duties of lawyers in the light of the case of Brett v SRA [2014] EWHC 2974 (Admin).
  • 24 January 2017 - “Economic Crime - Making the company pay”

    Richard Lissack QC of Fountain Court Chambers will consider the current drive to make corporate liability in financial crime easier to prove.

    The lectures in 2016 will be held in the Auditorium at Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EG. Richard Lissack QC’s lecture on 24 January 2017 will be held in the Auditorium at Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG.

The lectures will start at 6.00pm and will last approximately one hour, to include a period for questions at the end, and will be followed by drinks.

Attendance is not limited to LSLA members. Anyone can apply for tickets via the website – – or using the attached form and the lectures count for CPD purposes (the CPD reference will be on the confirmatory email sent a few days before the lecture). The cost is £20 per event or £70 for all four (non-members £25 or £90). Our lectures are usually sold out, so please apply early for tickets.

Brexit (Jurisdiction and Enforcement) – 4 November 2016

Following the success of earlier talks, Ed Crosse shall be speaking at the Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference on the potential impact of Brexit upon English Litigation.  Further details are available at




The LSLA is delighted to announce that the Association now has over 2200 members, including 876 members of the JLSLA and 29 corporate member firms.   

Corporate membership can offer a real saving 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 further information or to take out corporate membership.

Otherwise, 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.

Online Payments for LSLA Events 

When making payments for membership and our events we would kindly request that you quote the correct data to identify the matter to which the payment relates. Incorrect identification often occurs where a firm’s accounts team makes a payment to the LSLA as an existing payee, using old order data rather than updating the payment instruction to include the new order number. 

Updating payment data to correctly reference the event to which a payment relates would significantly ease the LSLA’s administrative burden. Thank you for your continued support and assistance.


The LSLA has received the following press coverage from March 2015 to date:


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.


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 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. 

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, Leigh Callaway at

The JLSLA can also be contacted via their LinkedIn profile at